Tropical Fish make for great pets with their amazing colour, size and shape variations, not to mention the different behaviours and rituals they show. Some are great as a single specimen, others are better in shoals, some are friendly and some not so friendly! But they all add a little something. Passive community fish are friendly and as a result the easiest to keep plus they have the most variety among tropical fish meaning you are spoilt for choice in terms of what species to put together. Boisterous community fish mean treat with caution as they don’t get along with any fish but you will still have a decent number of options. Aggressive fish are ones to look out for, they often have to be kept alone or with other similarly sized and similarly aggressive species.
- Tropical Community Fish – These fish are friendly and in fact prefer to be kept in groups of 3-5 and sometimes more! They mix well with other community fish and given enough space and correct water parameters they will thrive. These are possibly the most varied group of aquarium fish when it comes to colour, size and shape. Keeping them is easier compared to specialist community fish.
- South & Central American Cichlids – These fish are popular due to their larger size and interesting parental behaviour. Considered semi-aggressive they should be mixed with similar sized SA and CA Cichlids, however, some of the less aggressive/territorial ones can be kept with boisterous community fish. In fact Angelfish will do better with their own species or with less aggressive tank makes due to their calm temperament.
- African Cichlids – They have become popular in the hobby during the last couple of decades. Couple of reasons for this among others, they have the colours of saltwater fish in freshwater and display amazing parental, breeding and general behaviour right in your home! These are an species only fish and should only be kept with other African Cichlids. Their aggressive nature means you have to provide plenty of hiding places and “overcrowding” is necessary to spread aggression.
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