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Choosing Your First Aquarium Fish

Choosing Your First Aquarium Fish

Plenty Of Fish In The Sea

Aquarium Illusions is happy to help you make the best home habitat for your new fish! There are thousands of different breeds of fish that make for great home aquarium pets, which can make it difficult to know where to begin when it comes to choosing your first fish. Let us walk you through a few tips for finding your ideal aquarium resident, as well as assure you that you have all of the necessary equipment to handle the aquarium set-up you’ve been dreaming about. 


First Things First

Before you start bringing fish home to their new home, make sure that you have all of the necessary components to make their living conditions as ideal as possible. Being a responsible aquarium owner usually equates to longer, healthier lives for your fish. A good place to start is ensuring that you have the right tools available to you for proper fish and aquarium maintenance here, our selection of aquariums and kits. You’ll be thanking yourself in the long run for starting off on the right foot.


Beginner Fish

If you’re a budding aquarium enthusiast, you may be eager to go all out from the very beginning of your aquatic adventure, but we’d like to encourage you to start small, gain some experience, and build upwards from a good foundation. The following fish are great breeds to get your feet wet!



The tried and true goldfish is the perfect go-to for beginner aquarium hobbyists. They do require a little bit of attention, which is a great way to develop the skills needed to be a responsible fish owner. Keep in mind that goldfish can grow to be a little on the large size, so a smaller tank may not be suitable for the entire lifespan of a goldfish.



Tetras are small, schooling fish. Having a school of half a dozen or so will make for some very enjoyable viewing as they swim around together in harmony. Tetras are also known to be very resilient, and can live as long as 10 years when properly cared for. There are several varieties of tetras, such as neon tetras, cardinal tetras, and bloodfin tetras. Having multiple tetras is a nice way to provide some movement in your aquarium, since tetras tend to keep on the move when they are in groups together. 



Platies are another popular choice for beginner aquarium hobbyists, since there is such a wide variety to choose from. Having a small group of platies is ideal, since they are passive fish that tend to do well in schools. They are prolific breeders, which is something to bear in mind, so you may end up with several more platies quite often. There is an added benefit to platies in that they tend to help control algae build up in aquariums, since they like to eat said algae!


Male Betta

If you’re looking to start small with an individual fish, then you might consider a male betta. These fish are incredibly striking, but do not do well in a community tank, especially with other male bettas. There is a reason they are also referred to as “Siamese Fighting Fish.” The best setup for these beautiful creatures is in their own, individual tank. A properly cared for betta can live up to five years.


Let Aquarium Illusions Be Your Guide

No matter what stage of development you are in your aquatic hobby, Aquarium Illusions would love to be your resource for all of your aquarium equipment and pet supply needs. Contact us today so that we can provide the best aquarium for you, and let us know if you have any questions about getting started with your new pets!


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