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 these 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!
Like the Neon Tetra, these fish are also schooling fish. But since they are larger, they require more space.
Also considered to be somewhat aggressive, Cherry barbs are relatively active schooling fish and tend to do well when mixed with other active species.
Known for their peaceful nature, these fish are a great addition to any community tank.
Guppies are colorful tropical fish that are easy to care for, making them a perfect choice for those new to aquarium keeping.
These peaceful top feeders are perfect for new fishkeepers and can add a splash of color to any existing tank.
Great for beginners, molly fish are extremely adaptable and hardy. There is, however, a vast difference between each type, so be sure to research the optimal tank conditions for the type you select.
Tiny but incredibly vibrant, Neon Tetras are schooling fish. Meaning, they thrive in groups. We recommend getting at least six to start.
Hardy and easy to care for, these fish are one of the most popular Gourami fish among aquarium owners. Like many other types of Gourami, they do require space at the top of the tank to breathe air.
These fish have a very peaceful disposition and are perfect for mixing in a community tank with other non-aggressive fish.
Perfect for those new to the hobby, Swordtails thrive in communities. We recommend getting at least five or more to start.
This beautiful bottom feeder, while peaceful, can be a bit territorial. We recommend filling the bottom of your tank with rocks and ornaments to give them a place to roam and call their own.
These black-and-white striped beauties can be slightly aggressive. At the same time, they can do well in mixed groups of fish when properly cared for and fed.
The Kissing Gourami has larger than normal lips for a Gourami, but the “kissing” describes how it fights with other males of its kind.
It’s difficult to get Mollies to stop breeding. Buying a few may give you more than you bargained for.
Fish do not add scales as they grow. The scales increase in size.
The Cherry Barb tends to be antisocial at times, which makes them look rather lonely – even amongst its own species.
Catfish have over 27,000 taste buds. Humans have around 7,000.
The Archer Fish actually “fire” at prey with a strong and accurate small jet of water.
Add an extra boost of oxygen into your tank with minimal noise. Available in models for aquariums from 10 to 100 gallons.)
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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.)
This internal aquarium filter provides powerful three-stage filtration to keep your water at its best.
Be sure to research the optimal water temperature for the tropical fish species you choose for your aquarium. 72° - 80° F is a common range, optimal is 78° F.)
Exclusive in-frame mounting allows you to see the light without seeing the fixture.
Make water changes easier with this double-duty cleaner, which siphons as it removes waste buildup from your gravel bed.)
Safely and gently catch your tropical fish in an extra-soft nylon cushion that doesn’t pull at fish scales.)
Control the growth of algae, reach areas that are harder to clean and make regular aquarium maintenance easier.
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TetraMin® Tropical Tablets
TetraColor® Plus Tropical Flakes
Tetra® Tropical XL Color Granules
Vacation Tropical Feeding Block
EasyStrips™ Complete Test Strip Kit
Correct pH® Tablets
Whisper® Internal Power Filter
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