Types Of Tropical Fish

When it comes to picking out tropical fish for your new tank, finding the right ones is a hard process indeed. Whether you're thinking of keeping a freshwater or a saltwater tank, there are a lot of different categories to consider. Here are a few examples of the different types of tropical fish to select from.

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yellow watchman goby in a saltwater fish tank
Tropical fish fall under two main categories: freshwater and saltwater. However, aspects such as species, diet, temperament, size, shape, and color are all important traits to consider as well. Not only do these appeal to artistic tastes, but they can impact the result of your tank as well.

Freshwater tropical fish are known for being the best for those just starting out with tanks, but they're a popular choice for aquarium experts as well. This is mostly because these types of tropical fish are much easier to find, not to mention take care of. They come in a broad variety of different colors and shapes, leaving you with just as many creative choices as you would get with a seawater tank.

When choosing these types of tropical fish, there are lots of things to consider. For example, there are herbivorous, omnivorous, and carnivorous fish. There are aggressive fish and there are shy fish. There are egg layers and live birthers. There are smaller fish, such as tetras, that prefer to function in small schools rather than by themselves.

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Saltwater fish are known for their vibrant, exotic colors, unusual shapes, and odd temperaments. In addition to taking care of a variety of strange fish, what makes seawater tanks unique is that many of them contain what is referred to as live rock. This rock contains traces of coral, anemones, and other invertebrates.

For this reason, many of these types of tropical fish are difficult to take care of, as many of them consume coral or sponge in the wild. However, these diets can be supplemented with clams, oysters, and other foods, as well as manufactured food that contains trace of sponge.Other saltwater fish require vegetable supplements to make up for algae.

In addition to their odd dietary requirements, seawater fish tend to have unusual temperaments as well. Some bigger fish may not act very territorial, except when they see another of its kind. Others will attack any fish it is incompatible with rather aggressively. Given that many seawater fish have spines, teeth, and even poison, it's best to make sure that your tank remains a peaceful place. Learn more about the different types of tropical fish today and browse more of my posts.
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