5 Fish That Every Hobbyist Should Try
Here's a list we got from a dedicated fishkeeper that share his experience of fish that every hobbyist should keep at least once in his/her life.
Sometimes it's worth to try a new type of fish in your tank so that you can have different experience and stories for your days. Even new knowledge could come from different condition you have to overcome with those new fishes.
And so, following is the list of those fish that every hobbyist should keep at least once in his or her lifetime.
Almost everyone started in the hobby with one of the popular livebearers, the guppies and swordtails and platies and mollies. The popular livebearers are easy to breed and maintain, and the coloring of many a guppy male can be downright dazzling. It is a must try fish and enjoy their beauty.
2. The Eartheaters
Earthheaters are very interesting fish, and very diverse with regard to color, shape, and size, as well as the environmental conditions in which they live. They use various interesting reproductive strategies, these fish take the substrate into their mouths and sift it through their gills, leaving the best bits behind.
They can be big or small, and they can be characterized in general by their pike-like, elongated body shape and predatory behavior. But their innate intelligence, the characteristic twinkle in the eye, and reproduction patterns are the main qualities recommending the Crenicichla species. Another point in their favor is the large number of species and interesting color variations.
4. Dwarf Cichlids
Wonderfully colorful small ones and very interesting to keep and breed. Thousands of articles and scores of books have been written about the dwarf cichlids of South America, including such fascinating and colorful fish such as those in the species Apistogramma and Mikrogeophagus. When it comes to choosing a dwarf cichlid you will be spoiled for choices. Another selling point for these beauties is the fact that you don’t need huge tanks to house them.
These majestic members of the family Cichlidae require a considerable outlay of time and a little bit of an investment. Tanks that are spacious, high, warm, and overfiltered are the key to their comfortable existence. There are enough color variations of discus species and variants. Inducing discus to breed and raising the fry (young discus feed on the parents’ skin secretions) is something of a challenge, especially in the case of wild fish. Discus can give a lot of satisfaction, but they will also teach you responsibility and orderliness.