An aquarium is a pleasure to have. It is a delight to watch fish grow to their full size, go through their mating rituals and give birth to new fry. Here are some of the types of popular aquarium fish that are easy to breed and lovely to watch.
1. Some of the Cyprinids
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Cyprinids are Asian fish that belong to the family Cyprinidae and are closely related to the minnows and the carps. These are popular aquarium fish mainly because they are easy to take care of and are hardy, colorful and active. Some of the most popular Cyprinids are Barbs, Danios, Rasboras and White Cloud Mountain Minnow.
2. Some Corydoras Catfish
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While there are more than 140 species of Corydoras catfish, the ones that are most widely available are the easiest to keep in your aquarium. Some of these include the Skunk Cory, the Spotted Cory, the Leopard Cory, the Panda Cory, the Bronze Cory and the Bandit Cory.
3. Some Types of Rainbow Fish
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These are popular aquarium fish because they are extremely colorful, active and easily cared for. Some of the most popular Rainbow fish include Celebus Rainbows, Australian rainbows, Turquoise Rainbows and Boeseman’s Rainbows.
4. Some Types of Loaches
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Loaches are Asian fish that are distantly related to the Cyprinids. They have long bodies, are extremely hardy and are bottom feeders which make them very useful in keeping your tank clean. Some popular loaches include Clown Loach, Kuhli Loach, Skunk Loach and Yo-Yo Loach.
5. Some Types of Tetras
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Tetras are from Central and South America and Africa. They are schooling fish and need acidic water to survive. Some of the most popular Tetras include Neon Tetra, Cardinal Tetra, Loreto Tetra, Red Phantom Tetra, Black Phantom Tetra and Flag Tetra.
6. Some Types of Cichlids
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Cichlids are considered to be one of the most intelligent fish and are amongst the most popular aquarium fish. This is a very wide genus and includes a number of varieties like Dwarf Cichlids and Keyhole Cichlids which consist of a number of breeds.
7. Some Types of Anabantids
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Anabantids are also one of the popular aquarium fish because they are a pleasure to watch in their daily activities as well as in caring for their young. Some of the most popular Anabantids include the Siamese Fighting fish, the Paradise fish, and a number of varieties of Gourami fish.
8. Some Types of Livebearers
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Livebearers have long been considered to be one of the best choices for first fish. This group includes Guppies, Mollies, Platies and Swordtails. The most popular in this group are Black Molly, Sail-Fin Molly, Tuxedo Swordtail, Green Swordtails and Variegated Platy.
Most of the types of fish listed above are not only amongst the most popular aquarium fish, but also amongst the best choice for first fish. While you need to ensure that you create the right living conditions for the breeds you choose, you do not need a high level of expertise to maintain them.
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