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Freshwater Aquarium Fish Types

The Ultimate Guide to Bristlenose Plecostomus Fish: Care, Breeding, and More!

albino bristlenose pleco

 These bizarre looking fish look like they came from another, alien world. Don’t believe me? Check out the picture above.

“Unleash Your Inner Oscar Fish Expert: Learn the Ins and Outs of Care, Keeping, Feeding, and Breeding!”

Oscar fish care - mated oscars with offspring

Pictured above: Mated oscar pair with fry (swimming around the tiger oscar).

How big do Oscar Fish Get? How fast do they grow?

“Oscar fish will grow to be 10 inches to 14 inches. An 18 inch long Oscar is fairly common in the wild or in a very large aquarium. They can grow up to an inch per month…” 

Goldfish Care Beginners Quick-Start Guide

What size aquarium do fancy goldfish require? 

“I’m going to go against the majority of fish keepers online and say 60 to 75 gallon aquarium for one fancy or 90 to 100 gallons for two fancies. If you want tank mates bump that up to 120 gallons to be safe and reasonably understocked…”

How To Breed Your Own Strain Of Guppies

Red tail guppy

"Breeders emphasize these color spots through selective, artificial breeding. These Guppy breeds have different colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes, and can go by such names as Snakeskin, Moscow, Tuxedo, and other varieties.

The goal of breeding Guppies is to have them show the same characteristics repeatedly through each subsequent generation..."

Zebrafish, Zebra Danio Care – What to feed, how to breed, tank setup

zebra danio in a planted aquarium

“Keep a couple of dozen of this gentle and active fish in your community tank for a lively aquarium setup.

I’ve kept Zebrafish for years. They are a fun, easy to care for fish and they’re not shy, which I think is a huge plus…”

Angelfish Care For Beginners and Experts – Master: Feeding, Breeding & More…

Koi Angelfish

The angelfish in this study were 10 to 15 days old. They were fed 5% of the total body weight of the total fish weight in the tank, twice daily. They could eat as much as they could in two hours, and then the leftover food was removed…”

Growing Rosette Sword Plants In Your Aquarium

Aquarium plant Rosette Sword

“Rosette sword plants can be grown by a beginner although it is a bit more demanding with its needs. Having a beautiful sword plant growing in your beginners aquarium will be worth the extra care…”

Tiger Barb Care Mastery:

An Exotic Fish From The Tropical Eastern Asia Island of Sumatra

Tiger Barbs picture 6

Are Tiger Barbs easy or difficult to care for? 

“Easy. They do need to be in a school of at least 10 other barbs. They are very active and ususally not shy if they are in a large school…”

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How To Care For Freshwater Shrimp

Super red cardinal shrimp

8 Exotic Looking, But Affordable, Aquarium Fishes

Bump head fish, red

Frontosa Fish – Large African Cichlid

Frontosa

The 5 meanest, most dangerous freshwater aquarium fish (Freshwater Apex Predators)

caiman - an oscar predator 

This is about the only South American predator that can take on these bad boys.

Easy is probably not an option with most of these aquarium fish. Expensive, exciting, weird, scary are the real options.

Enter at your own risk and don't put your hand in the water.

The Best Freshwater Aquarium Fish for Beginners in 2024

5 of the best freshwater fish - beginners.

“You can do the math; population control is a must. The bad news is that guppies rarely eat their offspring. You will want a predator fish, like an angelfish, in with your guppies to keep the numbers down.”

Farlowella Catfish

An Exotic Plecostomus: 7 Crucial Facts

farlowella catfish

Panda Corydora Catfish – Ridiculously Cute

panda cory

The Ultimate Guide to Chinese Algae Eaters: Care, Size, Lifespan, and More

chinese algae eater

 

The 20 Best Freshwater Aquarium Fish For Beginners (With Pictures)

Angelfish in a planted aquarium

Caring for Green Neon Tetras

green neon tetra fish

Growing Rosette Sword Plants In Your Aquarium

Aquarium plant Rosette Sword

 Question: How do I grow a large, healthy Rosette Sword in my aquarium?

Tank size: I would recommend at least a 30 gallon tank. A smaller tank as is often recommened is just not going to show off this beautiful plant to the fullest. 

How To Care For Your Guppies - 21 Pictures, A Bonus Article, & A Guppy Care Print Out

Guppies!

"Wild guppies have spots of color here and there on their bodies (mostly males). Guppy breeders took advantage of this and now you have many cool guppy colors that are available..."