How to Choose Fish for Your Aquarium

I could call myself “almost and expert” – on what NOT to do with your fish tank! 🙂 Over the years that I had a tank, I have gone through number of fish and I have to admit that I consider myself my own worst enemy. Explanation? I love Heart Shaped Blood Parrots – and they can be a bit nasty and mean to say the least. They are from the cichlid fish family – you really have to be careful who you try to make them get along with.

Don';t let the smile fool you - my Moe was a fish with a mind of his own, not tolerating other fish in his house

My Moe story may entertain you – check out this link:

My Special Fish

If you want to know more about these cute little guys – check out:

Blood Parrot Cichlid

But this is not what I really wanted to share with you – I want to give you a few points on what fish is great when you are starting to get into setting up your first tank. It is important that your fish can live in Harmony – and here are a few friendly and very nice species:

Dwarf Gourami

Dwarf Gourami

Dwarf Gourami comes in two tones or single colours. They mix well with all other fish

Rosy Barbs

Rosy Barbs

Rosy barbs are a schooling fish – they like to swim in packs of 5 or more. The great things about them is that they eat hair algae and are also fun to watch, because they are quite playful.

Neon Tetras

Neon Tetras

Neon Tetras are also a schooling fish. They stand out in a tank beautifully because of their colouring

Zebra Danios

Zebra Danios

Equally effective in your tank will be Zebra Danios – beautifully coloured and playful

Otocinclus “Oto”

Otocinclus "Oto"

You can add a few of these nice fish about a month after you set up your tank – the healthy grow of algae will make them happy.

In summary – to set up a nice, colourful tank, mix two Gouramis, three Barbs and six Zebras or six smaller Tetras. And then all you have to do is maintain a healthy tank!

Hope you have enjoyed this information -please send me your comments, suggestions, experiences and pictures – your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

 

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About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, step mother to Abbie Gateman and is also a brand new Grandmother. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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