Beginner Fish: Tropical Fish for Beginners in Freshwater Aquariums

Once you’ve decided, here’s a list of ten of the best freshwater aquarium fish for beginners.
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LIGHTING: Fish require a clear day/night cycle to do well. Since most freshwater aquarium fish come from tropical locations, the day night cycle should be as close to 12 hours on/12 hours off as possible. This is easily accomplished by buying a light timer. Keeping the lights on for more than 12 hours contributes to excess algae growth. Lighting comes in either fluorescent or incandescent fixtures. Fluorescent fixtures are better for aquariums containing live plants.
Here are seven easy care freshwater aquarium fish for those who decided on a heated tank.
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This goes back to most of the species being wild caught. Freshwater species may be second, third, fourth, or Nth generation or more from a fish farm and they are given flakes or other man-made fish preparations. Getting freshwater fish to eat should pose no problems for even the novice aquarist. Saltwater fish on the other hand are from the wild (generally speaking here) and may need to be slowly weaned onto standard aquarium foods over a period of several weeks or months. Specialized diets become even more important with saltwater fish species, since inadequate diets can lead to stress, which can lead to lowered immune systems and disease causing us to lose our $75 saltwater fish! If you want freshwater fish as aquarium pets, you need to know how to care for them.
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FishLore provides aquarium fish tank information for tropical fish hobbyists, covering both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. We present aquarium fish tank information in an easy to understand way so that more can enjoy our wonderful hobby! Consider joining us on the forum where you will find people that like to talk about fish tanks as much as you!Freshwater aquarium fish care information and pictures ordered by freshwater fish species. Click on the picture of the freshwater fish species in the list below for detailed profiles along with comments and tips from fellow freshwater hobbyists.
The goal of Fish Lore is to present accurate saltwater fish, tropical freshwater fish and aquarium fish information in a way that every fish keeper can understand. If you feel some of the aquarium fish information on Fish Lore should be updated or changed, please let us know! See you on the forum!A freshwater aquariumis often the type of fish tank beginners choose for their home because of the perception that caring and maintaining saltwater aquarium can be difficult. But due to the availability of good filtration equipment, heavy-duty water pumps, salt mixes and test kits, beginner aquarium owners can now set up saltwater fish tanks without a hitch. To help you decide which tank is for you, take a look at the "5 C's" of tank purchasing below.It's always a good idea to research a fish before you buy it. You never know if you are going to get accurate information from the person selling the fish to you and using the internet or reading a good freshwater aquarium fish book beforehand is always a good idea. Know what you want to keep and have a plan for stocking your aquarium. Never impulse buy a fish at the pet shop.Another important consideration before picking the type of aquarium that is right for you involves your level of commitment. If you are not the kind of person who has time to test the water, buy live fish food every week or can check filtration systems periodically, you might as well pick freshwater aquarium. In fact, you don't even have to buy filters or pumps for certain types of freshwater fishes. However, if you think you have the commitment to perform all the tasks needed to maintain a saltwater aquarium, then go ahead and pick a saltwater fish tank even if you are a novice with aquariums.