Fish are one of the most popular animals kept as pets. Just watching them swim in the the fishbowl makes you feel relaxed. They are relatively inexpensive to keep as well as low on maintenance.
Freshwater fish in particular is affordable and easy to keep and maintain — all you need is just water from your faucet and some decent water plants, and you’re good to go! You may add some fancy things such as a little ceramic house with holes for the fish to swim through, and a bubble wheel for added fun!
The red platy fish is the perfect fish for beginners. These fish are hardy, live-bearing and prolific. The red platy fish are also pretty gregarious, so buy at least a couple of red platy’s to keep each other company. They will do fine in smaller tanks and will eat fish flakes.
The fancy guppy is also the perfect fish for first-time owners. They are sturdy, adaptable to any tank size and water conditions (including brackish waters), and love to have some other fish around for company. They are also called millionsfish or simply guppy.
Also known as the Siamese fighting fish, the betta fish is very attractive because of its flamboyant tail and fins as well as its striking, vivid colors. They are either of one color or having color patterns as well as solid or metallic/iridescent. These fish are mostly territorial and aggressive especially among males, so they are best isolated from one another. The betta fish are also belligerent towards other species of fish, so they cannot normally be housed in community tanks.
These stripy little fellas are a common sight in most pet shops. They are a schooling fish, which means they love to swim in groups. Danios are also hardy and are not finicky eaters — they will eat anything that’s offered to them, including fish flakes. A lot of species are brightly colored and have barbels.
The glowlight tetra’s most distinctive feature is the long red or orange stripe that spans from its snout to the base of its tail. Under the right amount of lighting, this fish emits a distinctive radiance which gives it its name.
The all-too-familiar goldfish! They are the most common aquarium pets out there. They are mostly friendly to each other, except when vying for food! The goldfish tend to be messy eaters, that’s why you must clean your aquarium regularly.
Want something more strange and exotic to add to your freshwater aquarium? Then you must get the kuhli loach, the eel-like, slender fish native to Indonesia and Malay Peninsula. They are mostly nocturnal fish which spend the rest of the day dwelling at the bottom of the tanks. When caring for the kuhli loach, make sure that the substrate is made of fine river sand or fine gravel for these animals to burrow and hide as well as to feed.
The Kuhli loach can grow up to 12 centimeters long. They are also hardy, reportedly having a lifespan of up to 10 years.