Don’t let their name fool you. Goldfish come in a stunning variety of colors. They also come in a range of shapes, sizes and fin types. Slim-Bodied goldfish are extremely hardy and make great first pets for those new to aquarium keeping. Fancy goldfish, such as black moors and orandas, are colorful, unique and more suited to keep as a hobby. Goldfish are competitive eaters and very interactive with their owners. Be careful not to keep bulk or feeder-type fish with fancy goldfish, as there is more of a chance to introduce disease.
Tropical fish attract new and experienced aquarium owners for a variety of reasons –– their beauty, their behaviors, their showiness, affordability and more. Not to mention the seemingly endless array of shapes, colors, and sizes they come in as well as their varying personalities, from aggressive and loner fish to community, playful and active fish. There are lots and lots of breeds from which to choose. Some are easy to care for and are perfect for beginners. Others are more challenging but rewarding to own. Create your own interesting mix for your aquarium! But always do your homework on specific breed’s needs and compatibility with other fish.
Originally from the brackish lakes of Africa and Central and South America, cichlids are a bold and interesting species. They come in many bright and colorful varieties, and can grow anywhere from just a few inches to over three feet long. These territorial, intelligent and highly adaptive fish are constantly engaged in their environment. You’ll always be entertained with cichlids around!
Betta fish are best known for being small, colorful pets with big personalities. Male bettas in particular have an amazing variety of tail shapes, ranging from half-moon to spikey and crown-like. Since bettas require minimal maintenance, they're a great species for beginners. Just be careful not to unleash two males in the same aquarium there fish can get downright feisty.
GloFish® fluorescent fish are born brilliant! They are not painted, injected or dyed. They inherit their harmless, lifelong color from their parents. They get their stunning color from a fluorescence gene and are best viewed under a blue light. Great for any home, office or classroom, these fun little fluorescent fish are perfect for hobbyists and beginners alike.
If you feel like you have all the basics of aquarium ownership mastered and you’re at the point in your fishkeeping journey where maintaining, caring and troubleshooting have become routine, perhaps you’re ready to either step up to a saltwater aquarium or up your freshwater game.
Our sister brand, Instant Ocean®, serves marine aquarium enthusiasts of all levels. To learn more, visit their website or subscribe to their e-newsletter, Seascope. You can also read a few articles about the fundamentals of saltwater aquariums in our Information Center.
For those interested in a more advanced freshwater aquarium experience, be sure to check out our other sister brand, Marineland®, for premium aquariums, accessories and world-class equipment. You can also subscribe to their e-newsletter, Newswire!
Take your love of aquatics outdoors! Water gardening is a great way to expand the hobby while beautifying your home. A Koi pond or water garden can be a wonderful retreat where friends and family gather and enjoy a tranquil afternoon or relaxing evening together. Much like aquarium keeping though, maintaining a pond and caring for it isn’t a spectator sport. It takes work. But rest assured, whatever work you put into it, you’ll get back more. To start your new adventure, a little knowledge will go a long way. Visit the Tetra® Pond Learning Center or subscribe to our e-newsletter, Into The Pond!
Unlike other fancy goldfish types, this breed is extremely enduring and can make good pets for new fishkeepers.
One of the most fragile goldfish types and probably the slowest swimmers.
Nicknamed “stargazers” because their eyes are locked upward.
Bred in the United States, the Comet goldfish is more playful and active than most other goldfish breeds.
One of the hardiest fancy varieties, Fantail goldfish are recognizable for their split caudal fin.
Lacking a fin on their back (dorsal fin), Lionheads swim very slowly.
Like Lionheads, Orandas also have unique head growth called “wen.”
These fish are hardy and a good choice for beginners. Ryukins are known for the large hump behind their heads.
Known for their calico pattern, Shubunkins are very resilient and make a good first pet for new fish owners.
Aptly named for their protruding eyes. Be careful with sharp decorations.
Gorgeous, delicate and can be rather rare.
Goldfish have been known to memorize faces.
In the 18th century, members of the European aristocracy would remove goldfish from their ponds and place them into decorative bowls for special occasions
A school of goldfish is known as a “troubling.”
Goldfish have no eyelids, which means they sleep with their eyes open and do not blink.
Because goldfish generally create more waste, this internal aquarium filter provides powerful three-stage filtration to keep your water at its best.)
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Change monthly to keep odor and discoloration at bay and your water crystal clear.
These pads provide surface area for good bacteria to grow and convert dangerous ammonia and nitrite into less harmful nitrate.
Add an extra boost of oxygen into your tank with minimal noise. Available in models for aquariums from 10 to 100 gallons.)
Exclusive in-frame mounting allows you to see the light without seeing the fixture.
Keep your aquarium water between 65˚- 68˚ F for common goldfish and 65º - 72º F for fancy goldfish.
Safely and gently catch your fish in an extra soft nylon cushion that doesn't pull at fish scales
Make water changes easier with this double-duty cleaner, which siphons as it removes waste buildup from your gravel bed.
Control the growth of algae, reach areas that are harder to clean and make regular aquarium maintenance easier.
GoldFish Variety Pellets
TetraPro™ Goldfish Crisps
GoldFish Color Granules
Vacation Tropical Feeding Block
EasyStrips™ Complete Test Strip Kit
Whisper® Internal Power Filter
Whisper® Aquarium Air Pump
Hidden LED Stick
HT Submersible Heaters
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