Hardy breeds who are easy to care for
Fish might be ‘easier’ pets, but they do deserve proper care! As with all pets, you have to be sure to do your research beforehand, to be able to provide everything your new friend needs. When choosing a fish as a pet, consider these four breeds who are easy to care for. Also, ask the assistants at Family Pet Centre for advice when choosing fish.
The danio is a tough and energetic fish. He enjoys actively swimming around, and therefore needs a big tank with plenty of space to swim and turn around. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to patterns and colours. Danios live in schools and will do best with some tank mates – so you will have to consider getting at least six of them.
With his beautiful long, flowing fins, the betta, also known as the Siamese fighting fish, is the top choice for many. Unlike the danio, the betta is not a schooling fish and he prefers his own company. He will also like some hiding places in his tank. Male betta can be aggressive and end up fighting (even killing) each other, so it’s better not to keep them together.
The guppy, with his fancy tail fin, is another extremely popular choice of pet fish. Guppies are hardy fish and not fussy eaters. They are happy to live in pairs, but be aware that you will possibly have babies if you have a male and female together. They are able to live with same-sex partners, and also do well living with other peaceful breeds of fish.
The black skirt tetra
The black skirt tetra is a schooling fish, but calm and peaceful. This is another breed who will enjoy hiding places such as rocks and plants, as it will give him a sense of security. A resilient breed who will accept and do well on most kinds of fish food, the black skirt tetra is one of the easier fish breeds to care for.
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