Posted by Oze Parrot on January 12th, 2006
You have your Home Aquarium all set up and now you need fish for the tank, but what kind of fish should you choose?
The best thing to do it is to talk it over with your local pet shop where you will find that they will, more than likely, give you the same advice that I am about to pass on to you here.
If you see this as becoming a really serious hobby then don’t bother with small fish, as filling your Home Aquarium with small fish is going to be a waste of time and money. On the other hand, if this is just a passing fad or is for your kid’s enjoyment, then a selection of small fish is preferable.
Small aquarium fish can be anything from tetras to angel fish, they are usually brightly coloured and tend to eat fish flakes rather than fish “meat”. The smaller fish tend to be for decorative purposes as they are very shiny and create a lot of bright slivers under the right aquarium lights.
They are simple fish with no personality and they are really,no fun at all. These types of fish are for simple decorative purposes and suit people who want a low maintenance Home Aquarium.
Larger fish, such as cichlids and African fish need a lot more care and are a lot harder to keep. They are much more sturdy in general though, so your fish mortality rate is pretty low, unlike smaller weaker fish that have to be regularly replaced.
The problem or should I say fascination with cichlids is that they are cannibalistic, so If there is a smaller fish in the tank then say good bye to it because it won’t be there for very long. Cichlids eat fish meat and don t try to feed them any less, they will not be happy.
There are several types of available cichlids that come in a variety of colours and markings, there are Oscars (my personal favorite) which are come in tiger, red or albino. There are black belts, jaguars and several other kinds of cichlids.
This type of fish require a lot of filter and gravel cleaning as they have high amounts of waste. A breeding pair of cichlids is worth a lot of money. Cichlids in general are more expensive as they tend to be larger than a lot of other kinds of Home Aquarium Fish.
A good sized oscar is about 18 inches long. Just remember that these fish like the tank and whereas you can set up the tank anyway you like, it may not stay that way for long as the oscars make their own arrangements.
The type of fish that you need for your Home Aquarium largely depends on the reasons for establishing an aquarium.
Smaller, feature Home Aquarium tanks need smaller more decorative aquarium fish, but a larger tank will be able to support a variety of bigger fish.
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