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Once your aquarium is set up and cycled it's ready to support tropical fish. The ones rated as Community fish are good choices. There are species that like to school and do better in groups, and species that are territorial. The territorial ones should be kept one or few per tank unless your tank is large.

The process of introducing a fish into a new water environment can be a bit stressful. Here are some guidelines to follow:

Be sure to follow the Stocking Guidelines so that you don't overcrowd the aquarium.

Aquarium Fish Information Table
Family Common Name Captivity Adult Size (Inches) Temperature Range in °F Preferred pH Picture Notes Primary Feeding
Anabantidae Betta Splendens 2.50 77 - 83 7.0 Keep only one per tank and please read this:
Special Note on Bettas
Top Feeder - Bloodworms
Poeciliidae Platy 2.50 66 - 76 7.2 - 8.0 These hardy fish come in various colors, they produce a lot of waste and reproduce easily. Top Feeder - Flakes
Characidae Neon Tetra 1.50 74 - 79 5.8 - 6.5 These are schoolers, they do best in groups of 4 or more. Top Feeder - Flakes
Characidae Black Neon Tetra 1.50 72 - 77 6.0 These are schoolers, they do best in groups of 4 or more. Top Feeder - Flakes
Characins Red-Eye Tetra 2.00 73 - 82 6.5 - 7.5 These do best in groups of 4 or more and are mostly peaceful. Top Feeder - Flakes
Cyprinidae Zebra Danio 2.00 66 - 76 6.6 - 7.2 These do best in groups of 4 or more and are very, very active. Top Feeder - Flakes
Cyprinidae White Cloud Mountain Minnow 1.50 68 - 72 7.0 These are schoolers, they do best in groups of 4 or more and are lively. Top Feeder - Flakes
Loricariidae Dwarf Suckermouth Otocinclus 1.50 68 - 73 7.0 Usually one per 10 gallons, not very active. They will also eat the tank's algae. Bottom Feeder - Algae Wafers
Cyprinidae Tiger Barb 2.50 70 - 79 6.5 - 6.8 These are very territorial and may nip others fish's fins, best with 4 or more. Top Feeder - Flakes
Characidae Serpea Tetra 1.75 73 - 77 6.0 These tend to be territorial and fin nippers, best with 4 or more. Top Feeder - Flakes
Cyprinidae Cherry Barb 2.00 75 - 79 7.0 These are very peaceful, best with 2 or more. Top Feeder - Flakes
Characidae Pristella Tetra 1.75 75 - 82 6.5 - 7.5 These are schoolers, they do best in groups of 4 or more. Top Feeder - Flakes
Cyprinidae Harlequin Rasbora 1.75 72 - 78 6.4 - 6.9 These are schoolers, they do best in groups of 4 or more. Top Feeder - Flakes
Characidae Lemon Tetra 1.50 73 - 82 6.0 - 7.5 These are schoolers, they do best in groups of 4 or more. Top Feeder - Flakes
Characidae Bloodfin Tetra 1.75 68 - 80 7.0 These are very peaceful, best with 6 or more. Top Feeder - Flakes
Cyprinidae Gold Barb 3.00 68 - 75 7.0 These are very peaceful, best with 4 or more. Top Feeder - Flakes
Cyprinidae Red-Tailed Shark 4.75 74 - 79 7.0 These like caves, plants and are very territorial. Keep them one per tank. Bottom Feeder - Sinking Wafers
Cyprinidae Red-Fin Shark 5.50 71 - 79 6.5 - 7.5 These like caves and plants. Keep them in wide tanks since they are territorial. Bottom Feeder - Sinking Wafers
Cyprinidae Bala Shark 8.00 72 - 82 6.5 - 7.0 These are very peaceful, keep them in planted, wide tanks for large swimming room. Top Feeder - Flakes
Callichthyidae Leopard Cory 2.50 72 - 79 7.0 These do best in groups of 2 or more and are very peaceful. Bottom Feeder - Sinking Wafers
Ariidae Columbian Shark 10 75 - 80 6.8 - 8.0 These are mostly peaceful fish, suitable for a community tank. Bottom Feeder - Sinking Wafers

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