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Freshwater Fish Types and Information

 

The following table lists some of the most common types of freshwater aquarium.gif (143748 bytes) fish and the following information about them:

Temperment -  Whether the fish are peaceful, semi-aggressive, or aggressive.

Lighting needs - whether the fish need bright light or subdued light.

Habitat needs - whether the fish need plants, rocks, or plants and rocks in the aquarium.

Swimming level - whether the fish generally swim at the top, middle, bottom, or all levels of the aquarium.

This information can help you in selecting the right mix of fish and providing the appropriate environment. Please remember that each fish is unique, and the following is just general information.

This table is included in the shareware book Fred the Fish and Starting a Freshwater Aquarium, which teaches you the basics choosing aquarium equipment and fish, breaking-in a new aquarium, and maintaining your aquarium.

Fish Temperament Lighting Needs Habitat Swim Level Size

Algae Eater

Bristle Nose peaceful reduced plants & rocks bottom 5.5"
Otocinclus peaceful reduced plants & rocks bottom 2"
Plecostomas peaceful reduced plants & rocks bottom 24"

Angelfish

Marble peaceful bright plants & rocks all 6"
Veiltail peaceful bright plants & rocks all 6"

Barb

Black Ruby aggressive bright plants & rocks all 2"
Rosy aggressive bright plants & rocks all 2"
Tiger aggressive bright plants & rocks all 2"
Tinfoil semi-agg bright plants & rocks all 16"

Beta

Female peaceful bright plants top 3.25"
Male (separate males) peaceful bright plants top 3.25"

Botia

Blue Tail aggressive bright plants & rocks bottom 4"
Red Tail aggressive bright plants & rocks bottom 4"

Catfish

Pictus peaceful reduced plants & rocks bottom 4"
Shovelnose peaceful reduced plants & rocks bottom 28"
Synodontis peaceful reduced plants & rocks bottom 4-9"

Cory

Albino peaceful bright plants & rocks bottom 2.25"
Green peaceful bright plants & rocks bottom 3"
Julii peaceful bright plants & rocks bottom 1.5"
Skunk peaceful bright plants & rocks bottom 2"

Cichlid

African aggressive bright rocks all vary
Convict aggressive bright rocks all 4"
Electric Blue aggressive bright rocks all 6.25"
Firemouth aggressive bright rocks all 6"
Jack Dempsey aggressive bright rocks all 8"
Jewel aggressive bright rocks all 4.75"
Kennyi aggressive bright rocks all 4.75"
Oscar aggressive bright rocks all 14"
Zebra aggressive bright rocks all 6"

Crab

Fiddler semi-agg bright plants & rocks bottom 1.5"
Hermit6 semi-agg bright plants & rocks bottom 3.25"

Danio

Giant peaceful bright plants & rocks all 4.75"
Leopard peaceful bright plants & rocks all 2"
Longfin peaceful bright plants & rocks all 2"
Zebra peaceful bright plants & rocks all 1.5"

Discus

Brown peaceful reduced plants all 7"
Turquoise peaceful reduced plants all 7"

Goldfish

Black Moor peaceful bright plants & rocks all 4.5"
Calico peaceful bright plants & rocks all 4.5"
Comet peaceful bright plants & rocks all 5"
Feeder goldfish peaceful bright plants & rocks all 5"
Fantail peaceful bright plants & rocks all 5"
Koi (small) peaceful bright plants & rocks all 24"
Red Cap peaceful bright plants & rocks all 5"
Pearl Scale peaceful bright plants & rocks all 5"
Oranda peaceful bright plants & rocks all 5"

Gourami

Blue peaceful bright plants top 6"
Dwarf peaceful bright plants top 2"
Honey peaceful bright plants top 1.5"
Kissing peaceful bright plants top 8"
Moonbeam peaceful bright plants top 4.85"
Three-spot peaceful bright plants top 4"

Guppy

Fancy peaceful bright plants middle 2.5"
Feeder peaceful bright plants middle 2.5"

Knife

Black peaceful reduced plants bottom 10"
Clown peaceful reduced plants bottom 16"
Ghost peaceful reduced plants bottom 35"

Loach

Clown peaceful bright plants & rocks bottom 12"
Kuhlii peaceful bright plants & rocks bottom 3.25"

Molly

Black peaceful bright plants & rocks all 3.25"
Lyretail peaceful bright plants & rocks all 4"
Marble peaceful bright plants & rocks all 3.25"
Sailfin peaceful bright plants & rocks all 4.85"

Platy

Mickey Mouse peaceful bright plants & rocks mid 1.5"
Red peaceful bright plants & rocks mid 1.5"

Shark

Bala peaceful bright plants & rocks all 16"
Redtail peaceful bright plants & rocks all 4.75"
Rainbow peaceful bright plants & rocks all 4.75"

Swordtail

Black peaceful bright plants & rocks all 2"
Brick peaceful bright plants & rocks all 2"

Tetra

Bleeding Heart peaceful bright plants top 3.25"
Blackskirt peaceful bright plants all 3"
Glassfish (Painted) peaceful bright plants top 1.5"
Hatchet peaceful bright plants top 2"
Neon peaceful bright plants top 1.5"
Phantom peaceful bright plants top 1.5"
Serpea peaceful bright plants top 1.5"

Miscallaneous

Arowana aggressive bright plants top 25"
Butterfly peaceful reduced plants & rocks top 4.75"
Bumble Bee Goby peaceful bright rocks bottom 4"
Elephant Nose peaceful reduced plants bottom 8"
Mono semi-agg bright plants & rocks top 10"
Needle Nose peaceful bright plants & rocks bottom 8"
Pacu peaceful bright plants & rocks middle 20"
Scat semi-agg bright plants & rocks all 8"
Silver Dollar peaceful bright plants & rocks all 9"
Spotted Puffer aggressive bright plants & rocks all 6"
Upside Down Cat Peaceful bright plants top 2.25"

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