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Top 10 Aquarium Fish For Beginners

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Mar 28, 2018

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  • - Hey everyone.
  • Cory from Aquarium Co-op.
  • Today we're talking about the best fish
  • if you're a beginner.
  • I got 10 of them for you.
  • Not in any specific order but we're gunna give
  • some basic care and hopefully give you
  • some ideas for your new tank.
  • Alright, the first idea I've got for you is rasboras.
  • In general, you can get them in any pet store.
  • Rasbora hets are very, very common and super sturdy.
  • You get that orange color on 'em
  • and there are some other variants as well.
  • They get about 2.5-3 inches
  • and some stay a little bit smaller,
  • some get a little bit bigger.
  • Like a scissor tail rasbora, something like that.
  • They handle a wide range of PH
  • and they like to be in schools of six or more
  • and, in general, pretty peaceful.
  • So they can go with most of the other suggestions
  • on this list.
  • Next up I've got the common goldfish.
  • Now you might go, hey,
  • that's not necessarily a beginner fish.
  • The common goldfish, I do believe, is a beginner fish.
  • With a little bit of research
  • they're very easy to take care of.
  • In general, giving them at least
  • 30 gallons of water per fish.
  • So, in a 55 you could have, kind of, a couple of them,
  • They get to about a foot, maybe 14 inches
  • and one of the good things is you can usually
  • put them into a pond later.
  • Maybe a family member or something like that.
  • But, in general, feed 'em a diet with a lot of spirulina
  • and veggies in it and they're pretty easy to take care of.
  • Change a bunch of water and they're really forgiving
  • in terms of PH, hardness and all that
  • and so, you don't want to mix them with other community fish
  • but a tank of just them is super cool
  • and that's why they're one
  • of the most popular fish in the world.
  • Next up I've got tetras for you.
  • Now, seems common, it is common, but there's hundreds
  • of types of tetras and it's probably the most
  • well represented species at your local fish store.
  • When you walk in you're gunna be like, hey,
  • there's neon tetras, cardinal tetras, Congo tetras,
  • black neon tetras, you know, there's gunna be tons
  • and, so, they're all pretty easy to take care of.
  • They like a neutral PH.
  • Kind of 7-7.8 you can go a little bit higher
  • on some of the African tetras.
  • You can go a little bit lower, maybe,
  • on wild caught cardinal tetras.
  • So, do a little bit of research before you're buying them
  • but keep them in groups of six or more.
  • They like to school around.
  • Safety in numbers.
  • Could go with the rasboras we mentioned earlier
  • and a bunch of others in this list.
  • Next up, we've got corydoras.
  • Now, think of them like the rasbora or the neon tetra
  • of the bottom dwellers.
  • They like to be in groups.
  • Ideally six or more, but, I say bare minimum three
  • and they usually are in every pet store
  • if not, at least albino and bronzes,
  • some of the more, you know, common ones.
  • All the way up to very expensive laser or delphi
  • or some that just have numbers.
  • Sometimes you go corydora cw056, what's that?
  • But, in general, they're all catfish that get, about,
  • 2.5-3 inches, school around the bottom
  • and they eat off the bottom.
  • Now, that doesn't mean they only eat leftovers
  • or they clean your tank.
  • You still have to dedicated feed them, but,
  • they swim down low, kinda, you can inhabit that area
  • without having to put them up in the middle
  • with tetras and rasboras and all that kind of stuff.
  • So, they're a great little addition to your community tank.
  • Next up we've got platies.
  • Now, if you know me you know that I love live bearers
  • and I couldn't leave live bearers off this list
  • so I had to find one that I thought was really hardy
  • for a beginner and that is the platy.
  • Guppies, a lot of people would suggest that,
  • but they're so bred now that they're pretty weak.
  • Platies, on the other hand, tend to be nice and robust,
  • can handle a wide range of PH all the way from 6.8
  • to probably 8.5, they give birth to live young,
  • they like the water to be a little bit hard
  • but they don't care that much if it's not super hard.
  • They'll eat almost anything.
  • They get about 3.5-4 inches and they come in any color
  • you can imagine.
  • My personal favorites are a slight variant on a platy
  • known as the variatus platy.
  • I personally keep them in my fish room
  • and they're one of my favorite fish of all time.
  • Out of everything I own at the store and home,
  • they're still probably in my top five favorite fish ever.
  • Next up I've got bettas.
  • I know, there's a lot of controversy on that
  • but, in general, I do think
  • they are a good beginner fish for people
  • if they keep them appropriately.
  • So, get yourself like, a ten gallon aquarium,
  • get a filter with slow flow, maybe a sponge filter
  • or a small hang on back, plant it up
  • and then mix it with, probably,
  • some of those tetras and things
  • we've been talking about earlier
  • and you're finally like, wait,
  • I can keep them in a community.
  • All of our bettas in our store here
  • are kept in community tanks and I would say
  • 85% or more of our customers do the same thing.
  • It doesn't always work out but it is one
  • of the easiest fish to keep
  • because they breathe from the surface.
  • They eat lots of meat so you can feed them
  • high quality pellets, frozen blood worms,
  • things like that and they typically
  • do get along with other stuff.
  • You actually worry more about other stuff picking on them
  • in a large aquarium.
  • In smaller tanks they get very, very territorial
  • and sometimes will lash out on other things
  • but in a big tank not so much
  • and, you know, just don't forget
  • don't keep more than one betta by itself.
  • They're very territorial against each other.
  • Next up we've got barbs.
  • So, they can be semi-aggressive.
  • I would say things like tiger barbs, Odessa barbs,
  • cherry barbs, there's lots of barbs.
  • Tinfoil barbs, they get huge.
  • In general, most of them get about 3ish inches,
  • it depends, but the ones that I would sell
  • and we would keep, or you see most in your store
  • are smaller three in version and they school around
  • so groups of six or more and, usually, the more you have
  • the more active they are
  • but the less they nip and chase other things.
  • So, if you have a group of 15 tiger barbs,
  • they usually are, kind of, laid back.
  • I wouldn't mix barbs with long finned things
  • like a nice, big, long finned angel or something like that
  • but you could mix them with rasboras, corydoras,
  • neon tetras, and a couple other things on the list.
  • Sometimes you just gotta have a cichlid
  • and what's a good beginner cichlid?
  • I like the Bolivian ram.
  • So, not the German ram which is, kind of, delicate
  • but the Bolivian ram gets about 3.5 inches,
  • doesn't have quite as much color
  • but has that cichlid behavior.
  • It's gunna be that show piece in your tank
  • and it will handle a wide variety all the way from seven
  • to eight PH, you can breed 'em,
  • you can keep them with, you know, the neons,
  • the rasboras, the barbs, all that kind of stuff
  • and their temps are in the same range, that 78
  • with all that other stuff, so it's really easy
  • to mix into your community tank
  • and they're really hearty and they'll eat
  • a wide variety of food, so, it's a great introductory
  • cichlid species if you're a beginner.
  • Next up we've got a bottom dweller, kuhli loaches.
  • Now, as long as they look okay at the store,
  • typically you do okay with them.
  • You don't get to see them a whole lot.
  • They're very nocturnal and reclusive.
  • They live in plant roots and under pieces of wood
  • and decorations, but, when you do get to see 'em
  • they're super cool.
  • They look like little worms and eels
  • and they're great little scavengers.
  • They eat little leftovers between the rocks
  • and that kind of thing.
  • You still gotta feed 'em, cause, they eat leftovers
  • but, you know, just because like we eat leftovers,
  • we still have to cook once in a while
  • to make leftovers.
  • Same deal with them.
  • Gotta feed 'em, but, get a group of three or more of them
  • at least and they can go in tanks as small as five,
  • all the way up, as many as you want to keep.
  • Alright, my last fish, an angelfish.
  • So, yes, they do get large, they get the size of,
  • you know, a small saucer but, keep them in, like,
  • a 55 gallon or larger, they're pretty darn easy to keep.
  • You can keep them with rasboras, barbs,
  • as long as it's not a long fin variety of the angelfish.
  • Barbs and neons, er, not neon tetras
  • but tetras in general, all those community fish.
  • It's your big, big, big show piece fish.
  • It's also a cichlid and, you know,
  • so you can even keep it with that Bolivian ram.
  • It's kind of, the easiest way,
  • my advice, is to keep just one.
  • Don't buy wild caught, buy stuff that's been tank raised.
  • Hopefully even locally to your water
  • and, just put one showpiece in that 55 gallon.
  • It's really easy.
  • When you start adding more,
  • that's when you can get fighting going on.
  • Then you can get breeding going on and all that stuff
  • and they get a lot more territorial
  • but one is very, very easy to keep
  • in a tank that's 55 or larger
  • in your general community tank.
  • So, hopefully that gave you 10 ideas
  • of what way could I go, I'm new to fish
  • or I want to just add something
  • and, you know, you can weigh in.
  • Leave a comment down below and let me know
  • what you think is a great beginner fish.
  • I could have come up with another 20 of them, I'm sure,
  • but leave it down below so that someone that's new
  • reading the comments goes ooo, let me research that one,
  • let me research that one and we'll crowdsource this thing
  • and we'll see you in the next video. Thanks guys!

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Top 10 Aquarium Fish For Beginners - These are my tips for you if you're a beginner in this freshwater fish hobby.

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