Category: General Fish Health

Home Aquarium Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

Home Aquarium Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

Keeping an aquarium at home is definitely a rewarding experience but it isn’t as easy as most people think. Fish may seem like an easy option for pets since they don’t require as much attention as other animals but maintaining an aquarium isn’t always smooth sailing. Most beginners face a lot of challenges initially because they don’t know the ins and outs of aquarium maintenance. We have important tips that will help you become a successful aquarium owner.

Cycle the tank

If you aren’t familiar with the term “cycle the tank” this refers to ensuring that the tank and water conditions are healthy enough for you to put the fish in it. So when you first get the tank, don’t just fill it with water and put the fish in it. You need to purchase the tank first, cycle the tank making sure it is healthy. The cycling process consists of making sure the tank’s water temperature is right for the type of fish you will put in and there is healthy microorganisms within the water that will breakdown the waste. This will make sure the environment is perfect for the fish once you get them.

Monitor the water

Water testing kits aren’t too expensive so we recommend you get one. You need to constantly test the water for the levels of nitrates, ammonia, nitrites, and pH. Make sure that levels of nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia are low. If they begin to rise, make sure to bring them back down.

Change the water regularly

You have two options to ensure the water parameters stay low, you can buy products that ensure they remain low or you can change the water in the tank. Changing the water takes a lot more effort and time but is a better option. In fact, we recommend that you change 1/3 of the water in the tank every week.

Research about the fish

There are numerous different types of fish and you should do proper research about the fish before you bring them home. Each type of fish has its own parameters and temperaments. They require a certain temperature, surrounding, and what not in order to survive in an aquarium. So you want to make sure you provide them with the exact environment that they are used to.

red tailed black shark

How To Take Care of a Fish 101: Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Bringing fish home and not sure how to take care of them? Taking care of fish is not as easy as you may think. You need to make sure you take the proper measures so the fish can survive in your aquarium. We have 4 tips that will help you understand the process of bringing fish home and taking care of them so they stay healthy and happy.

1. Make sure your aquarium is acclimated for the fish

When you move, you don’t just get up and move in one day to an empty place. You get the new place set up before you make the move. Similarly, you want to make sure that the fish when you bring it home, you bring it to the environment it is used to so it can easily adapt to the shift. This means you ask the expert at the pet store the level of nitrate, pH, and ammonia the fish is used to and test your aquarium to ensure it matches. If it doesn’t chances are the fish will take much longer to acclimate.

2. Don’t overcrowd


We all need our personal space, so do fish. Overcrowding an aquarium is a sure way that will result in fish dying for one reason or another. When a fish tank is overcrowded there is a lower level of oxygen in it and excess waste which puts more load on the filtration system. Not only that, but it can even cause fatalities amongst fish especially when you have a mix of different types of fish in the same tank.

3. Condition the water

Condition the water

Water is to fish as air is to human. So you want to make sure that the water they are exposed to is clean just as clean air is important to us for a long and healthy life. Most people tend to put tap water into the fish tank, while you can do that, it is important you condition the water so it is clean and similar to the water they are used to. To do that all you have to do is de-chlorinate the water and add a biological aquarium supplement which you can purchase at your local pet store. Be sure to condition the water each time you change it.

4. Maintain the right temperature

The temperature in the tank should remain as constant as possible. You want to maintain a temperature that falls between 72 degrees and 82 degrees Fahrenheit, for tropical fish. Lower for those that are used to cooler temperatures. In order to make sure the water stays constant, make sure the tank is not placed in contact with the sun which means not next to a window or an area where there is direct sunlight. Also, keep it away from a/c and heater vents around the house.

Biorb Aquarium Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

Biorb Aquarium Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

Gone are the days where glass bowls would prevail over another type of fish tanks. Yes, glass bowls are easy to maintain and are a simple way to bring a couple of goldfish home. However, it is no longer the best option in terms of keeping a small aquarium at home. Biorb has designed fish bowls that allow you to keep a small aquarium at home that is far more appealing and just as easy to maintain.

Biorb has two main types of aquarium, selecting one depends on how big of an aquarium you are after. We have reviewed all three, to help you decide which one is best for you.

The Baby Biorb Classic

The Baby Biorb Classic

Our rating: 4.7 out of 5                 Cost: $$

When starting off with your first aquarium, it is always better to start small. The Baby Biorb is a great choice as a starter aquarium for those looking to keep a few fish, it can hold upto 4 gallon of water, in their home and getting the hang of having an aquarium at home. One wonderful thing about this aquarium is the fact that it comes with a biological filtration system, something you don’t usually find in the aquarium of this size.

The Baby Biorb is easy to maintain also, all you need to do is change the water every two weeks and the filter cartridge every six weeks. It also comes with a lighting system to add a little more style to it. So if you are looking for a small aquarium, the Baby Biorb is a wonderful starter aquarium.

Biorb Life 45

Biorb Life 45

Our rating: 4.75 out of 5                 Cost: $$$$$

The Biorb Life 45 has a tall shape which gives it a bit of elegance and allows for a little more room for both fish and decoration. The aquarium is a cold water aquarium which means you need to keep fish that are accustomed to cold water, 12 gallons worth, like mountain minnows and neon tetras. If you are interested in getting tropical fish then you can purchase an add-on heater that will work in heating the water enough for tropical fish.

The Life 45 comes with a biological filtration system and maintaining it is easy. All you need to do is change the filter cartridge every four weeks which changing the water every third week. Overall, if you are looking to add a little bit of life and elegance in your living room then the Biorb Life 45 is a wonderful option.

Fish Tank Water Need to Be Salted

Does My Fish Tank Water Need to Be Salted?

A common question that pet fish owners frequently ask is whether they should salt their aquarium water. There is no wonder why this question pops up every now and then, seeing as how certain fish species originating from the ocean and other saltwater bodies need salted water to survive. However, how do you tell whether your pet fish is a freshwater fish or a sea fish? How much salt should you add to the aquarium? What if you have multiple species of fish living in the tank?

These are all questions that we will answer in this article. So pay close attention because small mistake can mean major consequences to our underwater buddies.

Does my aquarium need salt?

In many cases, you should add a certain quantity of salt to your fish tank. Saltwater is essential to fish as it reduces your pet’s stress level by assisting in osmoregulation (maintains flui d balance). However, not all fish species need salt water, and for some the salt can act as a toxin.

Saltwater fish from the ocean and sea definitely need salt water to live. In short, a saltwater fish will die if it is exposed to fresh water for long periods. Saltwater fish will die of being over hydrated in fresh water, and freshwater fish will die of dehydration in salt water. This is due to the physiological structure of the fish’s skin.

For many pet fish owners, adding salt to your fish tank depends on where you live. Living in the Pacific Northwest of the US, which has extremely soft water, would require that you add salt for your seawater mates. If you reside in Southern California where the water is already pretty salty, then adding additional salt to your tank will do very little (assuming that you do not own a water softener).

Is my pet a saltwater or freshwater fish?

Some fish have evolved to the level where they can thrive in both saltwater and freshwater environments. However, not all fish have evolved to that stage, so it’s important to know whether your sea critter is a freshwater or saltwater fish. Below is a list of saltwater and freshwater fish species commonly kept as pets.

Saltwater Fish:

    • Surgeon fish
    • Clown fish
    • Marine eels
    • Lionfish
    • Scorpion fish
    • Marine angel fish
  • Damsel fish

Freshwater Fish:

    • South and Central American Cichlids
    • African Cichlids
    • Pleco Fish
    • Catfish
  • Betta fish

However, don’t rely on this very limited list to determine whether your pet fish comes from the sea or lake. To be completely sure, when purchasing a pet fish, consult with the pet store whether the fish belongs in fresh or seawater. If you already purchased a fish but are still unsure whether they belong in a saltwater or freshwater environment, how did you keep the fish alive long enough to still be asking this question? Seriously, take it to a vet or pet store for answers.

How much salt does my pet fish need?

The salt levels in your fish tank are referred to as salinity. Salinity is important when it comes to happy and living fish, and different levels above or below required salinity can lead to stress or death of our fish friends.

One rule of thumb is to actually taste your fish tank’s water. For saltwater fish, you want the water to taste similar or precisely like water you find in the ocean. This means adding lots of salt to large aquariums. However, just be sure that you don’t add too much.

However, you shouldn’t worry too much about precise measurements of salt in your fish tank. Your fish can easily forgive you for small deviations in reef tanks. A salinity of 34 to 36 ppt (parts per thousand) is a good target to reach for your saltwater fish.

I have more than one species of pet fish. What should I do?

If you have more than one species of fish and you want to combine them into one singular fish tank, do the proper research on the fish and their natural habitat before jumping the gun and dumping all your fish pets into a large aquarium.

By now, you should know that not all water is the same and not all fish species come from the same water environment. Salinity is an extremely important thing to consider when purchasing more than one species of fish.

If you decide to make a community aquarium, then make sure that the fish inside are either saltwater or freshwater species, or can survive in either environment. Below is a list of fish species that have evolved to survive both water environments. However, you may not want to keep them as pets since 1) you’ll need an enormous aquarium, 2) they can be dangerous, or 3) you’ll eat them before you keep them as pets.

  • Gulf sturgeon
  • Green sawfish
  • Sockeye salmon
  • Bull shark
  • Barramundi
  • American eel
  • Atlantic stingray

Bottom Line

So in the end, it’s important to know which fish species you want to keep as a pet and which environments they naturally come from. Putting a freshwater fish into a saltwater-filled aquarium will cause it to succumb to dehydration, and a saltwater fish placed into a freshwater-filled tank will drown it (surprisingly). Ask a vet, pet store, or other experienced people about whether your fish comes from the ocean or a freshwater source.

Keep track of the salinity of your aquarium. Taste the water for seasoning and determine whether it’s salty enough or not. Measure out 34 to 36 ppt of salt to water if you want to play it safe, but saltwater fish can survive if you deviate slightly from the measurements.

Finally and most importantly, never EVER mix freshwater and saltwater fish. One of the fish will die while in the (un)salted water, and you’ll have to bear the weight of murdering your pet fish until the day it takes revenge on you in fish heaven.

Community Fish Tank

Is a Community Fish Tank Good For My Fish?

A community fish tank or aquarium is a tank designed to house more than one species of fish. If you want to begin a community fish tank, it’s best not to go into the endeavor blindly without at least a little bit of knowledge. For example, it would be a bad idea to mix clown fish with a catfish in a tank because they both thrive in different water environments (clown fish need saltwater, whereas catfish need freshwater). The last thing you want is 50 little fish friends floating bellies-up on your conscience. When setting up a community fish tank, there are several things to consider.

To start things off, fish don’t really care whether their neighbor is a different species or not. The most important rule that wild animals live by is: DO NOT GET EATEN. Be cautious when purchasing fish for a community tank as some fish come with cannibalistic tendencies, and it’s not just other fish species they’ll attack, either.

Next, determine whether you want a freshwater or saltwater community tank. If you didn’t know already, fish from the sea survive in saltwater while fish form freshwater sources obviously need freshwater. When it comes to fish, water isn’t just water. In fact, if you think a fish can’t drown or die of dehydration or over-hydration, then you have to take a refresher course on the Fundamentals of Our Fish Friends.

Speaking of the water environment that your fish live in, it’s not just salinity that you have to monitor. Another factor is the water’s pH level. If you remember studying chemistry in high school, then you’ll remember the term pH. To refresh your memory, pH is a scale used to measure acid levels. Some fish need higher pH levels while others need lower. For the most part, it doesn’t matter too much whether you hit the precise pH count, but try to maintain a pH balance for all the fish in your community tank.

The rule of thumb for keeping a harmonious community fish tank is to never allow a shark into the tank. Or better yet, do not keep carnivorous fish in a community tank. True, stocking up a community fish tank is challenging and requires more research and effort than you thought, but it’s definitely worth the trouble if you want to keep an eye-catching piece in your office or living room. Some of the most peaceful fish to keep in a community tanks are:

Schooling fish

Schooling fish are fish that generally stick together, through thick and thin. Schooling fish species usually congregate in large groups to forage for food (the more eyes on the lookout, the better the chance you’ll find something to eat), avoid becoming a meal themselves (once again, more eyes means higher survivability), and to mate. Basically, schooling fish never bother other fish and will alert their buddies if food or predator is within sight. Some popular schooling fish species are neon tetra, threadfin rainbowfish, and marbled hatchetfish.

Catfish

Catfish aren’t just food; they can be friends as well. If you’re looking for a good bottom dweller (more on this later), then nothing beats having a catfish on cleaning duty. These fish are scaleless, bottom-feeding fish that tend not to get in anybody’s business. Other fish species usually stay away from catfish because they isolate themselves at the base of aquariums. However, not all catfish are kind to their neighbors. If you want a community fish tank, do not purchase an electric catfish.

Invertebrates

Invertebrates are those spineless, gutless, little creatures that run at the slightest sign of trouble. Truthfully, they are spineless but they are also extremely entertaining to have in a community tank. They offer color and a more diverse array of aquatic life in a community tank. Popular invertebrate choices for a community tank include shrimp and underwater snails.

When selecting different species for your fish tank, be sure that you keep record of what levels the fish often visit. In general, there are three levels to a fish tank and you’ll find your fish finding their favorite level as soon as they hit the water.

Surface dwellers

These top-dwelling fish add color and liveliness to the top of your tank which is most likely void of any decoration. Surface feeders tend to be top-dwellers since their upturned mouths are perfect for eating whatever insect or debris floats on the surface of the fish tank. Keep in mind that these surface feeders are good jumpers and wouldn’t hesitate to jump out of an uncovered fish tank to commit fishy-suicide. Some popular top-dwelling fish choices are:

    1. Guppies
    1. Neon rainbowfish
    1. Pencilfish
    1. Swordtails
  1. Dwarf Gourami

Mid-level dwellers

Mid-level feeders are fish that avoid the surface while very rarely venture into the sandy base of your tank. They are the focal point of any beautiful fish tank community because they are around eye level in most setups. Be sure to populate your fish tank with compatible mid-level feeders. Some mid-level fish tend to be big and bulky, thus making the prone to being picked on by smaller, quicker fish. These are some of the more popular choices for mid-level dwelling fish:Fantail Goldfish - Live Freshwater Aquarium Fish

  1. Goldfish
  2. Silver Dollar
  3. Black widow tetra
  4. Rummy nose tetra
  5. Glassfish

Bottom dwellers

Bottom feeders are fish with downturned mouths that scavenge the rocky base in search of whatever. They’ll pick up any flakes that the surface and mid-level feeders missed, and they’ll clean the base clean from any dirt and debris that comes their way. These fish are commonly underfed due to the distance that food has to travel before reaching their mouths, but they are often nocturnal animals (surface and mid-level dwellers aren’t) so you can feed them at night when the other fish hit the hay. Some of the most common bottom-dwelling fish species include:

    1. Bolivian ram
    1. Cherry barb
    1. Bandit cory
    1. Discus
  1. Clown loach

These are the essentials of starting your own community fish tank. When you decide to start your own community tank, the first and most important thing to keep in mind is that your pet fish don’t want to become prey. Next, you’ll want to study salinity and pH and adjust your fish tank in accordance to your pet’s needs. Finally, determine which species of fish you want and how populated you want the surface, middle and bottom of the shared aquarium to be.

Fish Tank

How Many Fish Fit in a 10 Gallon Tank?

When you think about it, a 10-gallon fish tank seems big enough to have a school of any fish you want. However, that is generally not the case. You need to be smart about how you utilize a 10-gallon fish tank and which fish you put inside otherwise you will have a disaster on your hand. When buying a fish tank, we all aim to have a healthy ecosystem in which we raise fish to be healthy and live a long life. In doing this, it is important you keep the size of the fish tank in mind.

Many people make the mistake of putting fish that are bigger in smaller tanks which leads to disaster. It is important you do proper research beforehand to figure out which fish is suitable for smaller tanks.

How to determine how many fish for your fish tank?

There is a general rule to determine how many fish you can fit in any size fish tank. You want to do your research and decide which fish you want to buy first. Then figure out how big the fish generally grows to be. You want to dedicate at least one gallon per inch of a fish. So for example, if your fish as an adult grows to be 2 inches then you can have up to 5 fish in a 10-gallon fish tank. The number of fish completely depends on the type of fish you want in your fish tank.

So, if you want an aquarium at home with a lot of fish then a 10-gallon tank isn’t the best option. We do however have some suggestions of fish you can easily put in your 10-gallon tank.

Corydoras

These little fish grow to about 2 inches as adults so make a wonderful addition to a smaller tank. They tend to be bottom-feeders so don’t mind being in small tanks and actually work well in cleaning up the tank.

Neon Tetra

If you are looking to have a school of fish in your 10-gallon tank then these are a great option. They grow to about 1 inch as an adult so you can easily have around 10 in your tank. These fish like to be with their own kid, so be sure if you are mixing them with any other kind of fish, you get at least 4-5 Neon Tetra in your tank.

Dwarf Gourami

For beginners that don’t want to overcrowd their fish tank, the Dwarf Gourami is a great option. These grow to about 4-5 inches so a pair of them for a 10-gallon fish tank. These make for a beautiful addition to any fish tank with their bright, beautiful colors.

Other fish to consider:

  • Fancy Guppy
  • Better Fish

Fish you shouldn’t put in a 10-gallon tank:

  • Angelfish: aggressive fish which tends to disrupt other ones in smaller tanks
  • Bala Shark: start off small but can grow to about 1 foot long
  • Gourami: too big for a 10 gallon tank

API Aquarium Salt

API Aquarium Salt

Introduction: Of fish care and well-being

As many fish lovers have unfortunately come to discover, neglecting proper fish care can have disastrous consequences for our little friends. Things such as water that does not get cleaned regularly, low quality nutrition, large quantities of waste material in the fish tank or even a fish tank of inadequate size can lead to all sorts of trouble for fish. Stunted growth, deformities and problems with scales and skin are chief amongst them but even worse things, like premature death are not out of the question. As is fairly plainly obvious, doing all that can be done in order  to maximize the chances of your fish’s proper development through the construction of a supportive environment of the best possible living conditions is your best bet, should you desire your pets to live a long lasting and prosperous life.

Stress in Aquariums

A large part of taking care of your fish is dealing with the stress that is very likely to inflict your fishes at some point of their lives. This may seem strange at first, considering how peaceful a life it seems at first glance, to be able to freely swim all day in an aquarium, fed and taken care of by others. Unfortunately, the reality is that fish do get stressed not unlike the way we humans are. This is mainly due to improper water conditions, or troubles with neighbor fishes, but other causes are possible, such as the presence of added chemicals in the fish’s tank. When looking for symptoms, the most easily recognizable would be the following:

  • A fish gasping, wide mouthed at the surface of the tank. This is usually due to poor water conditions and a lack of oxygen.
  • Loss of appetite. A very human like consequence of stress. Stressed fish will not eat the way they used to.
  • Odd swimming patterns. Whether it is a needless crash at the bottom of its tank or frantically swimming without going anywhere, strange swimming is definitely a sign to look for.

But unfortunately, trouble does not end with stress. There is more.

Disease in Aquariums

Another common problem fish have to combat in their aquariums is the spread of disease. One can spot a diseased fish by recognizing aberrant, uncharacteristic behavior. Thus, the previous stress signs may well be signs of disease. Other relatively easy to recognize signs of disease are the following:

  • Clamped fins.
  • Shimmy: This looks as if the fish is swimming fast, yet staying in the same place.
  • Ich spots: These look like tiny white spots on the body and fins of the fish.
  • Red or white sores – these could have been caused by unrelated factors, such as a fight with another fish, but they are prone to getting infected.

If all this looks too much to handle, worry not. We are going to present you with a product specifically designed to cure or even prevent such unfortunate occurrences.

Enter API Aquarium Salt

 Enter API Aquarium Salt

For over fifty years, API has been at the spear point of the Aquatics industry, developing and perfecting products and solutions for indoor aquariums. Amongst its colorful product palette, one can find treatment, testing, nutrition and pond products. The product we are presenting you with, the API Aquarium Salt, is specifically designed to treat a fish’s health problems, whether it is stress or disease related. It works as follows:

Containing natural, active ingredients such as a natural fish tonic, the API Aquarium Salt improves gill function and reduces stress, providing all the essential electrolytes a fish needs for the uptake of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide and ammonia through its gills. It should be used when setting up a new freshwater aquarium, when changing water or treating disease. A word of caution is necessary, though: Extra care should be taken when using salt with live plants in the tank, as some plants might be sensitive to it.

In any case, the API Aquarium Salt product works greatly in order to provide a safe, hospitable environment for fish enhancing their health and ensuring their longevity and well-being.

Conclusion

To summarize: Taking proper care of your fish is essential in order for them to live long and well. A big part of the equation is handling disease and stress. There is no better alternative product to accomplish that than API Aquarium Salt. It is an excellently made product, bound to enhance and improve your fishes’ lives and a sound investment for all the fish lovers around the world. We would recommend it in flying colors.

TERAPUMP Aquarium Cleaner

Introduction: Cleaning your Aquarium

As many fish around the globe can attest to, living in a poorly maintained aquarium can prove to be extremely unhealthy for one’s growth and well-being. Without proper care of their environment and without clean water fish suffer all kinds of trouble, like stunted growth, skin problems or even premature death. Thus, regularly taking care of the aquarium is a necessity for every fish lover out there. This usually consists of having to scrub the sides of the tank, siphoning out some of its water, sorting through the rocks, sand or gravel at its bottom, cleaning its various accessories whatever those may be and adding new water back in it. In case your fish tank has a filter, it is usually a good idea to clean it separately from the rest of the tank as doing it simultaneously could prove too much of a change for your fish at one time. Usually, filters do come with instruction manuals. Your best bet is following your particular filter’s instructions in order to avoid any unnecessary complications.

Where there is a need, there is a market

cherry barbIf all the above sounds a bit complicated for you, you need not worry. Nothing is wrong with you. In fact, it sounds complicated and frankly too much work for a lot of people around the world. Thus, many companies have developed products specialized in cleaning aquariums and fish tanks to facilitate the process for all interested parties. More importantly, such products usually come with extra features such as the ability to properly clean the aquarium without disturbing the fish at all. In this article, we are going to present you in short our favorite such product to satisfy all your cleaning needs. Not only do we find it is of the highest quality and of a reasonable cost but honestly, living in 2017 as we are, where technology constantly moves forward in leaps and bounds, we think its appropriate to use every available advantage at our disposal in order to support and easily sustain our hobbies.

Enter TERAPUMP

The product we are presenting you with is brought to you by TERAPUMP, an internationally shipping company dedicated to all your liquid transferring needs. It is called TERAPUMP Aquarium Cleaner, Model No. TRFTCLN, and sports the following number of features:

  • A manually operated liquid transfer pump
  • Two types of nozzle: A shorter nozzle for drainage and a longer one for gravel cleaning
  • A hand pump to initiate the siphon to start transferring liquid from one receptable to another
  • A patented unique pump filter that allows dirt in sand to be discharged along with the water.

It is of portable, light weight and heavy duty material and it is specifically designed to leave any aquarium fish unhurt while in use. Its siphon work is totally user-friendly and its containers are easily emptied. It is simple to operate and it actually comes with a set of detailed instructions on how to use it to maximum effect. Words of caution to those having small fish inhabit their aquarium: Particularly small fish can actually end up getting sucked up into the pump, so be careful with that.

Currently, this product is priced at $13.99 which is a very accessible cost for everyone. It sports a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating after having been reviewed by 968 customers – a pretty impressive score! Naturally, it is listed as the #1 best seller in Aquarium Gravel Cleaners in Amazon. We can’t say enough good things about this product. Highly recommended for all fish lovers out there.

Conclusion

Manually cleaning your aquarium or fish tank is no easy tank. Moreover, it can be time consuming and physically demanding. So why not pick the strictly better alternative? You have been presented by an amazing product made by a highly specialized company in order to facilitate the process just for people like you. It has a very reasonable and accessible price, it is bound to keep working for you for a long time, and it is easy to use – not to mention better and safer for your fish. TERAPUMP’s Aquarium Cleaner is the definitive product on the market, currently, and you would do well to consider it.

Think of buying this product as an investment. You will save time, effort and a lot of headaches. You are definitely getting your money’s worth back and more. Like we previously stated: This product we can safely, highly recommend.  You will not regret it.

Swordtail

What are the Easiest Fish to Take Care Of?

Have you thought about owning a pet fish, but withdrew the idea because you thought it would be expensive and time-consuming? Well, after reading this article you will be able to know what type of fish is much easier to take care of you.

Guppies

If you are interested in keeping guppies, it is important to know the difference between a male guppy and a female guppy. Guppies do reproduce like crazy, so if you put both sexes together, you can expect many Guppy babies. To avoid this, you just have to keep all male or female, this will also cut on your budget but if spending is not a problem you can keep both sexes and mix them and maybe later you can sell some to your friends.

Why Choose Guppies?

Guppies are available in a wide range of colors.

It is a tough fish so won’t get sick easily

You can feed them ordinary fish flake, worms and live or frozen brine shrimp. The fact that the guppies can spend a week without food, shows how difficult they are. As you can literally go out on a weekend and come back the next weekend and they will still be alive and healthy.

Angelfish

Angelfish

They can survive in different water parameters and water temperature as well, or in other words, they are quite robust and resistant to changing conditions. It can be a bit aggressive, so you do not want to put a very small fish among Angelfish as they will probably eat or mistake it for lunch or dinner. They can grow up to 6 cm long and you need a fairly large tank.

Why Choose Angelfish?

When comes to maintenance, there is really not much to do. These fish are omnivorous and anything they can find, alive or dead, plants or meat, they will eat it.

Cherry Barb

cherry barb

Depending on nutritional needs, they eat almost any type of fish food, but they won start to eat right away in the first place. Give them a couple of weeks and they will eat comfortably. It can tolerate large changes in water parameters, they are gentle, and they only grow about 2 cm long.

For you to make cherry Barb feel comfortable and safe as possible, it is recommended that you keep some live plants so as they can have that space to hide whenever they feel threatened. It may take some time before they come out of their shell (hiding place). They are better maintained in schools, so about 6 is preferable.

Why Choose Cherry Barb?

They are very active once they get accustomed to their new surroundings

It eats almost any type of fish food

They are resilient to temperature changes

Since they are active they provide a source of entertainment as it is fun to watch

Sword tails

SwordtailA water filter and slight heating is more than enough. It can survive in a variety of temperatures and water conditions, and do well with fluctuations. When it comes to simply taking care of the fish, Swordtail require minimal care compared to others

Why Choose Swordtail?

They are easy to feed

They are very quiet fish and go well in a community pool

They are not going to attack other fish

They can live for longer period with little care for several years

Resilient to water temperature changes

Cory Catfish

With a lifespan of up to 20 years Cory catfish is a common fish, which will survive well when kept in groups of 3 or more.

Why Choose Cory Catfish?

They can feed on insects, larvae and any plant material that sinks to the bottom of their dwelling, this is when they are in the wild

You can feed it by reproducing it by offering a variety of vegetable flakes, insect larvae and worms like bloodworms.

As aggressive eaters, these freshwater fish are responsible for keeping the tank clean

Thanks to their love of plant material and algae that can build up at the very bottom of the fish tanks in, this type of fish will feed on that as food hence you will be spending less in terms of buying fish food.

Bloodfin Tetras

Bloodfin Tetras

They are very quiet fish, so you should not have worries about the fight that erupted in your tank, especially if it is a community tank. The beauty of this fish is that they do well at water temperatures ranging from 64 to 82 degrees.

Why Choose Bloodfin Tetras?

Resilient to very low temperatures, you will not need to worry if the water at the fish tank is colder than usual. This means that you do not need to heat up the water in the tank during cold seasons.

They are so potent that they can handle changes in temperature and pH as well. In fact, Tetra Sangraleta can live up to 10 years without major maintenance.

Pearl Gourami

Pearl Gouramis does not like living with aggressive fish, so keep this in mind when filling your aquarium. They also love a place to hide, so a small floating fern blanket can give them a good place to hide and feel comfortable. They are easy to maintain and can be stored in tanks with at least 30 liters of water, but like many other types of Gourami, require space at the top of the tank so they can breathe air.

Why Choose Pearl Gourami?

Regarding feeding, the Gourami Pearl can eat a wide variety of different foods, both vegetable-based, meat-based. Example of what the can feed on include; Food flakes based on algae and live foods such as brine shrimp, blood worms and tubifex.

Conclusion

All the species of fish above are easy to take care of, what will determine the best for you will basically depend on your preference of the type of fish you love or for what purpose you want to own one. If you will like one for entertainment then you will need to choose one that is active and not shy to new surroundings.

Great Barracuda

5 Of the Most Aggressive Freshwater Fish

The law of survival of the fittest still applies to the animal kingdom. We should think about introduce some liberal ideas in the animal kingdom as “democracy and the rights of the animals”, unfortunately not to the aggressive freshwater fish, even if kept in the aquarium their behavior remains normally the same.

Aggression is a behavior that develops on the development of the fish species and grow even in the most peaceful fish species; the conditions under which the fish can live determine whether the fish will be aggressive in order to survive. Here I will give some of these freshwater fish that are very aggressive.

Dogtooth Tetras

This is a freshwater fish and the most aggressive of the aggressive freshwater fish species. This species of fish are found in the Amazon and rivers in southern Africa. The tetras, known as Dogtooth Tetras have used huge teeth to pin up small fish. While the most notable of the fish is Payara (another name for Payara is the vampire fish).

The Vampire Tetra Payara is a notable character, but not the typical Tetra. A look at the mouth of the fish and there is no doubt that the Payara is a devil carnivore. This amazing fish has two large fangs in its lower jaw. These teeth can be 4 to 6 inches long. In fact, the two large lower teeth are so long that the upper jaw has holes integrated. The Payara feed quickly and aggressively. These fish tend to swallow their prey as a whole, but sometimes they bite into smaller pieces, bite size, which can reach a length of 1.83 m (3.8 feet).

Hydrolycus genus has four types. Together they are called Pirandirá or Payara. His names are Tetra vampire, Vampire Characin, Payara Characin and saber-toothed fish. This fish teeth are frightening so just in case you catch one or do not let you hand in between those teeth because it can surely inflict a considerable damage.

Cichlids

This fish is bad or let me be fair here (its super mean), their territory is never shared with other fish because they are willing to chase or kill intruders. Aggressive cichlids are often territorial because they want to defend their own garden in the backyard against intruders since it is where they hunt and harvest. Well, I call this kind of male fish a real “Republican” since they are the more aggressive of the two, and tend to be crude to women who do not want to pair. Well, I am just being sarcastic just a little. There are certain types of quiet cichlids considered good parents and defend aggressively their children, come to think of it, good parents do not exist even in the animal kingdom.

Muskie/ Muskellunge

MuskellungeMuskie or Muskellunge is a familiar sight in the lakes and rivers of northern North America. From close up they look like their relatives, pike and cucumber, and would argue that they just look the same as fresh water barracuda. They can grow up to 7 feet (1.8 meters) and weighing nearly 70 pounds (32 kg), this species are the largest members of the pike family.

Muskellunge do spend most of the time motionless in the weeds, waiting for a meal to swim. Once it decide to attack it does so with accuracy. However, the speed and power of the attack is remarkable. This is one of the top fishers when it comes to the ambushing prey. Muskellunge Name comes from a French translation of the word maashkinoozhe meaning the ugly pike “but the wildness of the species, rather than their appearance, make them scare fishermen.

Tiger Barb Fish

Tiger barb Puntius tetrazona over green plant background in aqua

Male Betta fish are very common small fish, which behave very aggressively against each other and fight each other to the death. They are also very aggressive towards calm and shy fish and literally torment them to death, and a male Tigerbart will fight with a female to death, unless both are mating. Tiger Barb (Barbus tetrazona) belongs to the family Cyprinidae. The origin of the fish is from Indonesia, Sumatra and Borneo.

They are omnivorous hence they will eat probably anything. Their diet does consist of a variety of foods to help their immune system. They can eat frozen foods, living and crumbled and cooked vegetables and they seem to enjoy sugar beet hearts, worms and Artemia. The Tiger Barb is a yellow-orange color with four black stripes on his body. Breeders have spent years working to produce different colors. So far, they have created tiger bats in red, black, green and albino. Despite its aggressive and dishonorable nature, they are beautiful fish.

Wels catfish

Wels Catfish is defined for a long time, without body scales; A large flat head; And a wide mouth with rows of small teeth like sandpaper – hundreds of them. It also has two sets of spikes (filament bodies) such as the upper and lower jaws that help fish to catch prey in the muddy waters of lakes and rivers that flow slowly in Europe. Their diet consists of annelid worms, snails, insects, crustaceans, fish, frogs, rodents, ducks and even other catfish. They even documented attacking pigeons by ambushing them on land, they captured and devour their prey in the dark depths. Wels Catfish can exhibit aggressive behavior during mating season, which makes it possible for this fish monster to be responsible for attacks on those entering its territory. Do not be scared there hasn’t been any confirmed attacks on humans by this fish all that there is just nothing but rumors.

Conclusion

There are more species of freshwater fish that are even aggressive but I have just provided a few for you. Do not get scared of being attacked by any of this fish as there have been no confirmed reports of attacks by any of the fish I have discussed above to humans.