There are many species of tropical fish that make a great pet for beginners. This species requires less care and have a better chance of making your home aquarium success. Check out this species before you venture out to set up your own fish tank.
Neon Tetra is the most favored tropical freshwater species due to their small size and vibrant shades. They are schooling fish which means they live in groups and you would have to get at least 5-6 fish at the same time. They can grow up to an inch and are good for bigger tanks. When they are less in number, they may nip at each other. Avoid putting them together with larger fish as they make for a good snack.
This species of fish grows about 2-inches in length. They are active in nature and prefer living in groups. Males can be easily identified from females with the elongated ‘sword’ like tails. Although these pretty little guys are not aggressive in nature, males can be pesky around females. As a solution for this behavior, opt for two females per male.
Cory catfish or cories are small, armored, ancient-looking catfish. There are some of the popular species of this fish such as albino cory and pepper cories. They scavenge tank floor for plant matter, leftover food, and other debris. They come handy in keeping a check on the number of pest snails. One can feed them with sinking pellets so that they have enough to eat. Cory catfish grow up to 2-3 inches in length and live in groups. Given their communal nature, they need a minimum of six to seven members for proper functioning.
Guppies are small tropical fish with tiny bodies and long flowy fins. They come in an array of different shades which can make your tank pop with colors. Guppies are super active and may not be a
Zebra Danio is a great choice for beginners. They are active, hardy and cute. They received their name from black and white stripes that run down the length of their body. The standard zebrafish is around 2-inches long with short fins. You may also come across lyre-tail and long-finned varieties which are available at most of the stores. Glofish is an expensive and hybrid variety of zebra danio that comes with green, red and yellow pigments.
Cherry barbs are semi-aggressive in nature and may disturb slow-moving fish. Therefore skip this species if you don’t have other active fish in your tank. Like most other tropical fish, cherry barbs are also schooling fish. So you are required to have six or more of them at a time. Males have bright red color while females have slightly dull coloration. When placed in large and spacious planted tanks along with stones and driftwood, their vibrant red color makes them pop.