Top 5 Beginner Fish

If you are looking to start a tank deciding on your fish is a big task. The type of fish you decide to get will impact how you set up your tank. Today we are going to go over some freshwater fish that is loved by beginners and experienced aquarists.

Rasboras

top 5 beginner fish

Known as Harlequin Rasbora the Rasbora is a fish native to Asia, they usually come in a metallic color and are easy to take care of. These fish like to live in large schools so a recommended amount would be 6 or more.There are around 5 dozen species of rasbora. They grow typically less than 4 inches, making them ideal for smaller aquariums. Rasboras do the best in shallow water with abundant aquatic plant growth.

Tetras

top 5 beginner fish

There are many different types of Tetra’s, one of the most popular ones is the neon tetra for their colorful build. They are usually school fish so getting multiple of these fish is beneficial. Additionally, tetras mix well with other species of small fish, but mixing them with a larger fish, might not always be ideal as they could become fish food. Similarly to Rasbora, Tetras excel in aquatic plant life.

Platies

top 5 beginner fish

These fish are commonly found in tanks, they are small peaceful fish and are much happier when in small groups. They aren’t usually aggressive but you would want to keep the right male to female ratios. 

Barbs

top 5 beginner fish

Barbs are schooling fish and best to be kept in groups to at least 5 or more. Barbs are active so tank makes should be able to handle that, a medium-size tank would be ideal. Additionally, keep in mind they grow to be around 2.5 inches long, so getting fry could be deceiving to the tank space need for when they fully mature.

Betta

top 5 beginner fish

 Siamese fighting fish or known as the Betta is a highly territorial fish. But many beginners like to have one in their tank because of their colorful nature. It is not recommended to keep multiple males or females in a tank, and the opposite genders should only be put together for breeding purposes. Bettas are native to shallow streams and slow-flowing rivers. So make sure to current or flow rate in your system isn't too strong, by using a powerhead.