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!
Among the calmest of all cichlid breeds, Angelfish have diamond-shaped, leaf-like bodies. These delicate cichlids are popular with beginners and experienced fishkeepers.
Also called Zebra Cichlids or Black Convict Cichlids, Convict Cichlids get their name from the black stripes and gray background of their bodies.
The circular, orb-shaped Discus cichlid prefers very specific water conditions, making it best suited for more advanced aquarium owners.
Great for beginners, Firemouth cichlids are very adaptive to water conditions. Their name comes from the orange-red coloration under their jaws.
With its bright green and blue metallic sheen, the Green Terror is a sight to behold. However, as its name implies, this large cichlid can get aggressive.
Named after the famous boxer, Jack Dempsey cichlids are energetic fish that develop beautiful coloring as they age. They like to hide in caves and dig in the substrate.
Sometimes called Jaguar Cichlids, Managuense Cichlids develop beautiful spots and patterns on their bodies that resemble a jaguar.
Known for their cleverness and personality, Oscar cichlids can quickly grow to a large size. Some even let their owners touch them and take food from their owner’s hands.
With the ability to form close bonds with owners and even learn tricks, Red Devil Cichlids are charming little characters. Just watch these aggressive fish carefully; they can bite!
The only species of cichlid native to the U.S., Texas Cichlids are notorious for their iridescent spots and markings, which can appear cream, turquoise, blue and green.
Common groups are Malawi, Peacocks, Zebra, Mbuna, Tanganyka, Tropheus and Rams.
Cichlids have no eyelids and sleep with their eyes open.
Some cichlids hunt by ambushing prey, while others lure prey in by pretending to be dead or mimicking the colors of harmless fish.
Cichlids typically live five to eight years in an aquarium, but can live up to 60 years in the wild.
Cichlids produce a lot of waste, more so than the average freshwater tropical fish. Robust filtration is required to ensure good water quality.
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