The vast rainforest, steppes, deserts and savannas or regions of grassland lying between equatorial forests and dry deserts is home to thousand species of tropical fish. This refers to all cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates that breathe through their gills or by special breathing system that allows them to take oxygen from the air instead of in the water. As years went by and with the boom of fish-keeping as a hobby, the term now specifically means freshwater fish. By adopting fish at home, people may get to experience and understand the tropics even though one does not live near the equator where all year round, climate is typically warm with only slight variation in temperature due to the combined effects of direct sunlight exposure and the presence of. Species from the wild have become an aquarium collection favourite because of their bright color and unique appearance. Some are even really rare and for their certain features, many have been selectively bred. Others are hybrid of even more than one species.
Some are even really rare and for their certain features, many have been selectively bred. Many are hybrids of multiple species and that includes intentional man-made mixes.
Birchirs and redfish are common tropical fish in a freshwater enviornment among others like; catfish; cichlids, loaches and related cypriniforms, some pufferfish, rainbowfish and many, many others and some can do both freshwater and saltwater depending on species and sub-species.
Some fish are to aggresive to be in the fish tank with others. A good example is the Discus fish which are great by themselves because they are rather shy and are clearly not compatible with aggresive fish like an Oscar or some varities of Ciclids or Jack Dempseys. Green Swordtail, Variable Platy, Southern Platy, Bala Shark, Red-Striped Rasbora, Malabar Danio, Tiger Barb, Rosy Barb, Gold Barb, Cherry Barb, Marbled Headstander, Serpae Tetra, Garnet Tetra, Glowlight Tetra, Cardinal Tetra, Blue Tetra, Bloodfin Tetra, Iridescent Shark, Upside-Down Catfish, Platies, Swordtails, Mollies, Killifish and some types of Labyrinth Fish can live in a community.
Highly recommended for first timers are Goldfish, Siamese Fighting Fish, Gray Bichir, Ornate Bichir, Reedfish, Amazon Sailfin Catfish, Walking Catfish, Black Phantom Tetra, Black Tetra, Buenos Aires Tetra, Cave Tetra, Emperor Tetra, Glowlight Tetra, Neon Tetra, Serpae Tetra, Sunshine Peacock Cichlid, Eureka Red Peacock, Blue Dolphin Cichlid, Afra Cichlid, Electric Yellow Cichlid, Malawi Eyebiter, Auratus Cichlid, Chipokee Cichlid, Blue Johanni Cichlid, Aurora, Red Zebra Cichlid, Cobalt Blue Cichlid, Kenyi Cichlid, Giraffe Cichlid, Julie Cichlid , Masked Julie, Lyretail Cichlid, Jewel Cichlid, German Ram, Texas Cichlid, Cherry Barb, Gold Barb, Rosy Barb, Sumatra Barb, Malabar Danio, Pearl Danio, Zebra Danio, Striped Panchax, Guppy, Black Molly, Sailfin Molly, Dalmatian Molly, Variable Platy and Green Swordtail.
Having been successful in taking care of the types mentioned above, for the next challenge, you might want to try adopting the following species which have special needs: Spotted Raphael, Black Neon Tetra, Bleeding Heart Tetra, Congo Tetra, Green Neon Tetra, Rummy-Nose Tetra, Blue Lyretail , Dwarf Gourami and Black Ghost Knifefish that are sensitive with their environment and are prone to diseases.
and the fish that enjoy their meal live like the Brown Ghost Knifefish; Some fish can jump completely out of your fish tank like the Marbled Hachetfish and the Black-Winged Hatchetfish so watch it; male Three-lined Pencilfish that tend to really defend small territories; Marbled Headstander that fight among each other especially in small groups; Two-Stripe Dwarf Cichlid that are more comfortable in pair in a 40 gallon tank; and the beautiful and mysterious Angelfish that can tolerate many fish except the tetras which they get easily aggravated.
Meanwhile, the types of Red Bellied Pacu, Blue Discus, Red Discus, Threadfin Rainbowfish, Congo Pufferfish, Giant Freshwater Pufferfish, Green-spotted Puffer, Chinese High Fin Banded Shark and Electric Eel are quiet difficult pets in terms of feeding, breeding and maintenance.
Remember that some fish are as small as i inch while others as large as 35 inches and know that the extremes are not compatible in the same fish tank. Tetras, hatchetfish, pencil fish, danios, rasboras, headstanders, guppies, mollies, rainbowfish and Angelfish American Cichlid can grow from 1.5 inches to 5.9 inches.
Beechers, Redfish and the Two Spot Glass Catfish can be 14 to 18 inches. On the other end, Lake Tanganyika Cichlid Boulengerochromis Microlepsis can be as large as 35 inches while a bagrid catfish like the Asian Redtail grows 51 inches. When choosing what size fish tank that you want, make sure that you consider the final size that your fish will reach at maturity.
Fish tanks require tropical elements fairly needed by the fish such as water temperature, lighting and plants. Most species of fish in their natural habitat live in regions with water temperatures of up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
It would be safe to maintain water temperature between 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the variety of fish. For example, while goldfish is a well-known freshwater aquarium, it actually is a kind of cold-water cyprinids that it requires cooler temperature than the ideal tropical temperature of 80 degrees.
Variants of goldfish include the Black Moor, Bubble Eye, Butterfly Tail, Calico, Celestial Eye, Comet, Common, Fantail, Lionchu, Lionhead, Oranda, Panda Moor, Pearlscale, Pompom, Ranchu, Ryukin, Shubunkin, Telescope Eye and Veiltail.
Lighting in a fish tank should be monitored as it emits heat and is influential in the biological cycle in the new habitat. It is advisable to turn-on the light for at least eight hours a day for a healthier fish. Also many of the fish will need the plants as both shelter from more aggresive fish and a spawning area for their young and possibly their diet.
To not provide the tropical feel in an aquarium has its consequences like discoloration of fish, abnormalities in fins and gills and worse, fish disease or expiration.