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Aquariums have always been a part of my house. It has become a kind of a family tradition to keep and maintain a beautiful aquarium. My grandmother was the one who was crazy about fish, and I suppose she passed on a little craziness about fish to her daughters. They too have aquariums at their homes, and they passed on the gene of 'fish craze' over to us third generation kids. We cannot imagine our houses without our fish tank, irrespective of whether we have the smallest size or the largest. But, having one was absolutely compulsorily. I enjoy watching my fish swim around the aquarium. My hungry goldfish always asking for food or my majestic Siamese fighter which displays finery in great grandeur. There are many aquarium fish species like salt water and freshwater fish. Many of these types of fish for an aquarium have found a dwelling at our homes.

Types of Fish for an Aquarium

Before bringing home an aquarium fish, there are many things you need to consider about the behavior of the fish. You may bring home fish based on their color and shape, but do you know that many fish types are not compatible with each other and have been found to be aggressive instead. Therefore, you need to consider bringing home fish that are peaceful, friendly, and create a happy environment within the aquarium. There are 3 types of fish for an aquarium, namely, community fish, semi-aggressive fish, and non-community fish.

Community Aquarium Fish

Community fish are the best types of fish that can be brought home by a first time fish owner. These are peaceful fish and have no problems sharing the fish tank with other types of aquarium fish species. These are shoaling fish and enjoy being with many other fish of their own type. The most common community fish that are kept by beginners include:

  • Molly
  • Platy
  • Guppy
  • Neon Tetra
  • Banjo Catsifh
  • Barbs
  • Bronze Corydoras
  • Blue Eyed Plecostomos
  • Lemon Tetra
  • Harlequin Rasbora
  • Honey Gourami
  • Leopard Corycat
  • Swordtail
  • Leopard Danio
  • Masked Cory
  • X-ray Tetra
  • Zebra Loach

These are just a few names of community fish. You have a choice of hundreds of types of these fish species. These types of fish co-exist peacefully in the tank and exhibit a beautiful display of colors and shapes.

Semi-aggressive Aquarium Fish

Semi-aggressive aquarium fish are a little naughty ones. They can live in a community tank but end up nibbing and troubling the little and calmer fish. The Red-tailed Shark and Rainbow Shark are the types of aquarium fish species that can live in a community tank with only the members of their own kind. Tiger barbs can survive with other fish but are semi-aggressive. They tend to have a little fin nipping crave that becomes bothersome for other fish. The following types of fish species are semi-aggressive:

  • Angelfish
  • Black Acara
  • Aurora Cichlid
  • Blue Gourmani
  • Dragon Fish
  • Fire Eel
  • Spotted Puffer
  • Red-Tailed Black Shark
  • Rainbow Shark
  • Paradise Fish
  • Leopard Bluefish
  • Keyhome Cichlid
  • Firemouth Cichli
  • Black Ghost Knifefish
  • Three Spot Gourami
  • Krib
  • Electric Yellow Cichlid

If you get any of these fish along with your cool and peaceful community fish, you will surely see some action in your fish tank.

Non-community Aquarium Fish

These fish need a supply of live fish in their diet, and other fish swimming in the same tank become a live prey! Put in a few goldfish and neon tetras with your Tiger Oscars and within 15 minutes you will only find the Tiger Oscars swimming around with a satisfied look. These fish also tend to grow quite large and obviously feed on the little ones. The other types of aquarium fish species that fall in the non-community group are:

  • Asian Arowana
  • Auratus Cichlid
  • Graceful catfish
  • Spoyyed Pirhana
  • Indian Algae Eater
  • Chinese Algae Eater
  • Clown Knife Fish
  • Cuvier's Bichir
  • Electric Blue Johanni
  • Florida Gar
  • Needle Nose Gar
  • Green Terror
  • Kenyi Cichlid
  • Oscar fish
  • Silver Arowana

These are a few non-community aquarium fish that cannot be surely kept with the community or even semi-aggressive type of fish.

There are also other types of fish for an aquarium that can be categorized further in the below-mentioned three groups. These aquarium fish are divided according to the type of water they are found in.

Types of Saltwater Aquarium Fish

These saltwater aquarium fish are found in marine or saltwater and the following are a few types of saltwater fish species:

  • Gouramis
  • Angelfish
  • Archerfish
  • Butterfly Fish
  • Arowana
  • Blennies
  • Catfish
  • Cardinal Fish
  • Tetras
  • Damselfish
  • Mormyride
  • Puffer Fish
  • Hatchet Fish

These are just a few names of the many types of saltwater fish species. There is a huge range of fish and their subtypes to choose from for your saltwater fish tank setup.

Types of Tropical Aquarium Fish

These types of fish are found in the tropical waters around the world. The following are just a few names from the wide range of types of tropical fish:

  • Anabantids
  • Catfish
  • Characins
  • Cichlids
  • Cypriniformes
  • Livebeares
  • Rainbow fish
  • Tropical Arowanas
  • Tropical Puffers
  • Brackish Fish

There may be a few names common to the saltwater and freshwater types of fish, but the subspecies that are found in different waters differentiate them.

Types of Freshwater Aquarium Fish

These types of freshwater aquarium fish inhabit the freshwater bodies. There are thousands of freshwater fish and a few of them are mentioned below:

  • Neon Tetras
  • Swordfish
  • Platies
  • Betta Fish
  • Guppies
  • Mollies
  • Danios
  • Loaches
  • Catfish

These are a few fish that will help you understand about the different types of aquarium fish. Just narrow down your choices and do some research about the fish of your choice over the Internet. You may even ask your friends who have kept fish as pets for help. Fish are by far one of the best pets in the world. They just stay at one corner of your house, you need to feed them twice a day, change the water once in a few weeks, you never have to hear them cry or howl, and they never dirty your home or fear 'run away' fish. As a first time owner, I would advice you to get some small and sturdy fish to help you get started and gradually move up to the more exotic ones. Aquarium fish will surely help you calm your nerves and provide a peaceful, serene environment in your home.


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The betta fish is a fresh water (or tropical) fish. More specifically, bettas originate from the tropical climates of southeast Asia in the countries of Malaysia, Cambodia, and Thailand. As pets, particular attention needs to be paid to the environment in which you place them and is an important aspect of betta fish care.

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Because bettas are a tropical fish, they require a constant water temperature that ranges between 72 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that veer outside of this range can render your fish very sluggish and lethargic. If the water dips too far below the minimum acceptable range, you make wake up one day to dead fish floating in your tank. This explains the importance of a heater for proper betta fish care.

The water in the tank may even be in the safe range most of the time without the aid of a heater; but temperatures can change quickly and typically go down during the night. Aquarium heaters take these temperature fluctuations into account. They turn on when the temperature drops below the acceptable level and turn off when no longer needed to sustain the required temperature.

If you want your betta fish to live long and healthy lives, an aquarium heater is a necessity to ensure the temperature will consistently stay within the safe range. This further explains why the tank used to house your fish be at least large enough to accommodate a mini aquarium heater. This type of heater is used for aquariums in the 2-5 gallon range.

Just be aware that many mini aquarium heaters do not have the ability to take into consideration the actual temperature of the water inside the fish tank. Without this ability, the mini heater can potentially make the water too warm, too cold, and allow wide fluctuations in the actual water temperature - none of which bodes well for the health of your bettas. For just a little more money than what you might spend for a mini heater, small adjustable heaters are available which do take the actual water temperature into consideration. This is money well spent for the health of your bettas.

In addition to a heater, a thermometer is highly suggested to make sure your heater is working properly and the temperature remains at a safe constant level. Your local pet store will be able to provide you with a variety of thin, small and economical thermometers which can be inserted on the side of the aquarium to display the temperature.

Bettas are different from other fish in that they need air. Unlike the majority of other fish that take in oxygen through their gills, bettas take in oxygen through a specialized organ known as the labyrinth organ. This organ gathers oxygen directly from the air. Because of this, bettas need constant and easy access to the water's surface. Without this access, your betta will drown. So you need to take this consideration into account when outfitting the tank your bettas are going to live in.

Also, you should make sure the temperature of the air of the room in which the tank sits is not much different from the temperature of the water inside the tank. One way you can do is this is by covering your aquarium with a glass cover or hood that ensures the air just above the surface of the tank remains warm and moist. A hood or glass cover also has the advantage of slowing down the rate of water evaporation.

The next option to consider is whether to purchase a filter or not. While not entirely necessary for a betta's survival, a filter is an excellent choice to keep the tank water clean. When choosing the right filter, keep in mind that bettas should have a minimum amount of water movement inside the tank. This means you should choose a filter that has a very low flow. This is done by selecting a filter designed for a smaller tank or adjusting an existing filter's settings to severely restrict its flow.


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