If for some reason not limited to decorative, companionship, the mythical financial luck or the therapeutic effects associated with them, you have decided to own a home aquarium and your next question is “what kind of fish do I put in the aquarium?”, you are in the right place.
Here a few factors to consider before splurging on some really beautiful fish variety at the pet store:
Danios are hardy, small, energetic freshwater fish. Their ability to thrive in different water conditions and survive on a diet of fish flakes makes them particularly low maintenance. Many Danios species are brightly colored with striped color patterns along their body. The Zebra Danio can live for up to five years, if properly taken care of. Danios are schooling fish and can be paired with Swordtails, Barbs, and Rainbows.
Swordtails are colorful, hardy fish with a peaceful temperament making them a perfect addition to the community aquarium. They are easy to take care of and can be fed on a diet of flake based foods or algae. These showy creatures get their name from the sword-like extension on the male’s tail fin. Being powerful jumpers, the swordtail’s aquarium must be properly covered always.
Mickey Mouse Platy
Love Disney’s Mickey Mouse? Why not have the fish form floating in your aquarium. At the base of its tail, the Mickey Mouse Platy spots markings that look exactly like the two round ears of the popular Disney character. Extremely hardy, colorful and easy to keep, the Mickey Mouse Platy is forgiving of poor water quality however, alkaline water of moderate hardness is ideal (most city tap water fall into this category). The Mickey Mouse Platy has a peaceful temperament and can be paired with a wide variety of other fish such as Guppies, Mollies and Swordtails.
Peaceful and entertaining, Cory catfish are hardy, energetic, freshwater fish that are fairly adaptable to a wide range of water conditions. They generally grow to between one to four inches in length. Being bottom dwellers, they are the ultimate cleanup crew as they rummage about the bottom of the tank and amongst plant stalks to eat submerged food, thereby keeping the substrate clean. Under the right conditions, Cory Catfish have a lifespan of five years or more. They peacefully coexist with most non-aggressive and friendly community tank fish.
Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish
Although a little expensive, the beautiful coloration justifies the cost of keeping this fish. Don’t be deceived by their often dull look in stores, with proper care they develop an attractive luminous blue body with red or yellow fins. They are relatively hardy and have a lifespan of 3 to 5 years. They have a relatively narrow throat and should be fed flakes or small pellet foods. They are very peaceful and can be paired with barbs, large tetras and other rainbowfish in a community tank.