Setting-Up a Freshwater Aquarium

Selecting the appropriate fish

When selecting which fish will have the fortune of living in your new aquarium, you have numerous choices. There are thousands of freshwater fish species. Before getting your new fish, you should do some research in order to understand which type of fish will mix well. Knowing this will save you money and much hassle down the road.

Below are some good choices for beginners.

Good Freshwater Fish for Beginners*:

Guppy
(Poecilia reticulata)

Guppy

Photo courtesy of:
Kamil Porembiński

Green Swordtail
(Xiphophorus hellerii)

Green Swordtail

Photo courtesy of:
mineobskuriteter

Black Molly
(Poecilia sphenops)

Black Molly

Photo courtesy of:
Alexio's pics

Platy
(Xiphophorus maculatus)

Platy

Photo courtesy of:
statico

Zebra Danio

(Danio rerio)

Zebra Danio

Photo courtesy of:
kamujp


The Common hatchet fish
(Gasteropelecus sternicla)

Hatchet

Photo courtesy of:
nttrbx

The Siamese Fighting Fish
(Betta splendens)

Siamese Fighting Fish

Photo courtesy of:
Pehpsii

Rosy Barb
(Puntius conchonius)

Rosy Barb

Photo courtesy of:
groovysuvi

Neon Tetra
(Paracheirodon innes)

Neon Tetra

Photo courtesy of:
jimmyroq

Angelfish
(Pterophyllum scalare)

Angel Fish

Photo courtesy of:
threefingeredlord


Blue Gourami
(Trichogaster trichopterus)

Moonlight Gourami

Photo courtesy of:
Adrián Afonso

Corydoras Catfish
(Corydoras species)

Corydoras Catfish

Photo courtesy of:
nDroae

Red-tailed Shark
(Epalzeorhynchos bicolor)

Red-tailed Shark

Photo courtesy of:
HarlanH

Red Rasbora
(Trigonostigma heteromorpha)

Red Rasbora

Photo courtesy of:
swordw


*List from the Go Pet America Web site. In depth explanations can be accessed through website.