Fun Community Tropical Fish
If you are interested in keeping tropical fish, it is important to know what kind of community tropical fish will be a good bet.
Good choices for community tropical fish are ones that are easy to keep, get along with other fish, and have similar requirements. Often, soft to medium hard water is the norm and most can thrive in water that has a neutral pH.
There are plenty of excellent choices when it comes to community tropical fish. Before deciding, take a little time to research what you plan to do. Will you breed the fish, or just keep them? How much space do you have for a tank? Would you prefer one species, or several? The decisions you make when researching will help you to decide which types of tropical fish will suit you best.
Keep in mind that some fish require quite a bit of tank space. Also, some tropical fish don’t do well unless they are in schools of 4 or 5. When this is the case, a larger tank will almost certainly be necessary.
If you plan to breed your tropical fish, you most often nee a second holding tank to keep the fish and the fry separate after they hatch. Many adult tropical fish will eat their fry if allowed to stay in the same tank.
Some other additional equipment that may be necessary includes filters, heaters, skimmers, lighting, water test kits and water conditioners. Depending on the needs of the fish you plan to keep, any of the above mentioned equipment may be required.
Another important factor to consider, especially if you plan to have more than one type of fish, is food. If you can manage to get fish that all eat similar foods, this can save you hassle and expense. Most tropical community fish use some combination of flake food, frozen food, fresh or live food and pellets.
Some fish are quite hardy, and these are recommended for first time fish owners. Some examples include Black Neons or Golden Barbs. Other relatively easy-going fish are Mollies and Rasbora. Tetras in general are also good choices.
There are some tropical community fish that are aggressive, and these would not be recommended if you are just starting out. A few are Mbuna Cichlids, and Bettas.
Tropical community fish that require large tanks include Mbuna Cichlids, Dwarf and Neon Blue Gouramis.
If you do a bit of research ahead of time, you will be able to get the maximum enjoyment out of your community tropical fish tank.