Great Beginner Fish

kfenk Member Posts: 502
edited April 2011 in Beginner's Forum
Great Beginner Fish for the Beginner Aquarist
Just got yourself a new tank and want to stock it with pretty colourful little fishies? First things first the tank must be cycled (see cycling sticky <!-- l --><a class="postlink-local" href="">viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1550</a><!-- l -->) Cycling done? So now it is time to stock your tank. The first thing to do is research. Do this while your tank is cycling. See what fish match and what fish can be kept together with little or no torment.

The following is a list and some information on some very easy beginner fish for the new aquarist.

The following fish will be less susceptible to changing water perimeters and poorer water qualities than most fish. Keep in mind you should do weekly maintenance, not overfeed, and strive to keep your aquarium as clean as maintained as possible so your fish will thrive.

There are numerous variations of rasbora that are easily kept by new aquarists. Some of these types include harlequin, clown, and the scissor tail rasbora. These are hearty fish that thrive in warmer temperatures as they are naturally occurring in Southeast Asia and Africa. The rasboras are a very large genus that includes more than 70 different species. Most rasboras remain less than 4 inches in length.
Harlequin Rasbora

Cories are a great starter fish as most species of cory cats are very hearty fish. Cory cats unlike most other catfish as they fall under armored catfish and remain small in size compared to other cats. The cory cat is a very pleasant fish an will be a great addition to almost any community tank that contains smaller fish. They are indigenous to the slow moving streams of South America and do well in shallow lighted tank. Unlike most catfish corys are not nocturnal. They thrive and forage during the day. The corydoras include over 150 species that are mostly very easily kept. Most cory cats are no more than 4 inches in length. Corys are mostly sold in LFS as Bronze Catfish and Albino Catfish
Albino Cory

Danios are also a very hearty fish that are naturally found in southeast Asia. They usually range in size from 1.5 inches through giant danio which can get upto 5 inches. Danios are a very calm and peaceful community fish and can be kept in shoals in a community tank.
Zebra Danio

Barbs range in size and should be kept as a species tank. They are known as fish nippers but are very hearty and will thrive in less than perfect water conditions. Barbs if not kept in large shoals may become a little more aggressive and are commonly wrongfully added to community tanks that include long finned species and livebearers. Longer fins for a barb will be an attraction and do not be surprised if when you mix the barbs in a community tank that some of your other fish’ fins may be tattered.
Tiger Barb

Livebearers are generally kept by new aquarists. These include endler’s livebearer, guppies, mollies, swordtails and platies. These are probably the most common beginner fish as they have brilliant colors at times and are easily kept in pairs with little to no aggression during mating. Livebearers mate at a steady pace and if serious about growing the fry an aquarist should purchase another tank to setup as a fry tank.
Sailfin Molly

ALL INFO WAS TAKEN FROM THE AQUATIC COMMUNITY WEBSITE I am not the original author, just wanted to make it easier than just adding a link. Here's the original article <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m --> Pictures gathered from Google


  • benjamin
    benjamin Member Posts: 265
    I would of added bristlenoses to that list.
    tough as a pair of rusty old boots
  • samtheman
    samtheman Member Posts: 412
    and angelfish IMO
  • samtheman
    samtheman Member Posts: 412
    but thats a fantasticthread for beginners <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->
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  • kfenk
    kfenk Member Posts: 502
    Bristlenoses are a good fish but not really for beginners. Most beginners don't know that they require wood and food other than plain algae to survive. But as with alot of other fish not on the list, with a little research they are easy to keep.
    As for angel fish well they aren't a good fish for beginners as they're still a bit more sensitive than the fish on the list above. I know this to be true as my cousin decided to get some angels with his first aquarium. They survived his limited knowledge for 3 weeks before he lost them.
    The list above was created with fish that I'm guessing can stand different types of water fluctuations and quality that would happen in the tank of someone with limited knowledge.
  • benjamin
    benjamin Member Posts: 265
    im with karl. angel fish are terrible for beginners.
    good 1 karl.
  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    Good thinking Karl, Thanks for posting.. <!-- s:dance1: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yahoo.gif" alt=":dance1:" title="dance1" /><!-- s:dance1: -->
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  • benjamin
    benjamin Member Posts: 265
    is there anyway to make this thread stay on top of the list?