Claire Corlett

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Top 10 Aquarium Fish For Beginners

Top 10 Aquarium Fish For Beginners

– Hey everyone. Cory from Aquarium Co-op. Today we’re talking about the best fish if you’re a beginner. I got 10 of them for you. Not in any specific order
but we’re gunna give some basic care and hopefully give you some ideas for your new tank. Alright, the first idea I’ve
got for you is rasboras. In general, you can get
them in any pet store. Rasbora hets are very, very
common and super sturdy. You get that orange color on ’em and there are some other variants as well. They get about 2.5-3 inches and some stay a little bit smaller, some get a little bit bigger. Like a scissor tail rasbora,
something like that. They handle a wide range of PH and they like to be in
schools of six or more and, in general, pretty peaceful. So they can go with most
of the other suggestions on this list. Next up I’ve got the common goldfish. Now you might go, hey, that’s not necessarily a beginner fish. The common goldfish, I do
believe, is a beginner fish. With a little bit of research they’re very easy to take care of. In general, giving them at least 30 gallons of water per fish. So, in a 55 you could have,
kind of, a couple of them, They get to about a foot, maybe 14 inches and one of the good
things is you can usually put them into a pond later. Maybe a family member
or something like that. But, in general, feed ’em a
diet with a lot of spirulina and veggies in it and they’re
pretty easy to take care of. Change a bunch of water and
they’re really forgiving in terms of PH, hardness and all that and so, you don’t want to mix
them with other community fish but a tank of just them is super cool and that’s why they’re one of the most popular fish in the world. Next up I’ve got tetras for you. Now, seems common, it is
common, but there’s hundreds of types of tetras and
it’s probably the most well represented species
at your local fish store. When you walk in you’re
gunna be like, hey, there’s neon tetras, cardinal
tetras, Congo tetras, black neon tetras, you
know, there’s gunna be tons and, so, they’re all pretty
easy to take care of. They like a neutral PH. Kind of 7-7.8 you can
go a little bit higher on some of the African tetras. You can go a little bit lower, maybe, on wild caught cardinal tetras. So, do a little bit of research
before you’re buying them but keep them in groups of six or more. They like to school around. Safety in numbers. Could go with the rasboras
we mentioned earlier and a bunch of others in this list. Next up, we’ve got corydoras. Now, think of them like the
rasbora or the neon tetra of the bottom dwellers. They like to be in groups. Ideally six or more, but,
I say bare minimum three and they usually are in every pet store if not, at least albino and bronzes, some of the more, you know, common ones. All the way up to very
expensive laser or delphi or some that just have numbers. Sometimes you go corydora
cw056, what’s that? But, in general, they’re
all catfish that get, about, 2.5-3 inches, school around the bottom and they eat off the bottom. Now, that doesn’t mean
they only eat leftovers or they clean your tank. You still have to
dedicated feed them, but, they swim down low, kinda,
you can inhabit that area without having to put
them up in the middle with tetras and rasboras
and all that kind of stuff. So, they’re a great little
addition to your community tank. Next up we’ve got platies. Now, if you know me you know
that I love live bearers and I couldn’t leave live
bearers off this list so I had to find one that
I thought was really hardy for a beginner and that is the platy. Guppies, a lot of people
would suggest that, but they’re so bred now
that they’re pretty weak. Platies, on the other hand,
tend to be nice and robust, can handle a wide range
of PH all the way from 6.8 to probably 8.5, they
give birth to live young, they like the water to
be a little bit hard but they don’t care that
much if it’s not super hard. They’ll eat almost anything. They get about 3.5-4 inches
and they come in any color you can imagine. My personal favorites are
a slight variant on a platy known as the variatus platy. I personally keep them in my fish room and they’re one of my
favorite fish of all time. Out of everything I own
at the store and home, they’re still probably in my
top five favorite fish ever. Next up I’ve got bettas. I know, there’s a lot
of controversy on that but, in general, I do think they are a good beginner fish for people if they keep them appropriately. So, get yourself like,
a ten gallon aquarium, get a filter with slow
flow, maybe a sponge filter or a small hang on back, plant it up and then mix it with, probably, some of those tetras and things we’ve been talking about earlier and you’re finally like, wait, I can keep them in a community. All of our bettas in our store here are kept in community
tanks and I would say 85% or more of our
customers do the same thing. It doesn’t always work out but it is one of the easiest fish to keep because they breathe from the surface. They eat lots of meat so you can feed them high quality pellets, frozen blood worms, things like that and they typically do get along with other stuff. You actually worry more about
other stuff picking on them in a large aquarium. In smaller tanks they get
very, very territorial and sometimes will lash
out on other things but in a big tank not so much and, you know, just don’t forget don’t keep more than one betta by itself. They’re very territorial
against each other. Next up we’ve got barbs. So, they can be semi-aggressive. I would say things like
tiger barbs, Odessa barbs, cherry barbs, there’s lots of barbs. Tinfoil barbs, they get huge. In general, most of them
get about 3ish inches, it depends, but the ones that I would sell and we would keep, or you
see most in your store are smaller three in version
and they school around so groups of six or more and,
usually, the more you have the more active they are but the less they nip
and chase other things. So, if you have a group of 15 tiger barbs, they usually are, kind of, laid back. I wouldn’t mix barbs
with long finned things like a nice, big, long finned
angel or something like that but you could mix them
with rasboras, corydoras, neon tetras, and a couple
other things on the list. Sometimes you just gotta have a cichlid and what’s a good beginner cichlid? I like the Bolivian ram. So, not the German ram
which is, kind of, delicate but the Bolivian ram
gets about 3.5 inches, doesn’t have quite as much color but has that cichlid behavior. It’s gunna be that show piece in your tank and it will handle a wide
variety all the way from seven to eight PH, you can breed ’em, you can keep them with,
you know, the neons, the rasboras, the barbs,
all that kind of stuff and their temps are in
the same range, that 78 with all that other
stuff, so it’s really easy to mix into your community tank and they’re really hearty and they’ll eat a wide variety of food, so,
it’s a great introductory cichlid species if you’re a beginner. Next up we’ve got a bottom
dweller, kuhli loaches. Now, as long as they
look okay at the store, typically you do okay with them. You don’t get to see them a whole lot. They’re very nocturnal and reclusive. They live in plant roots
and under pieces of wood and decorations, but,
when you do get to see ’em they’re super cool. They look like little worms and eels and they’re great little scavengers. They eat little leftovers
between the rocks and that kind of thing. You still gotta feed ’em,
cause, they eat leftovers but, you know, just because
like we eat leftovers, we still have to cook once in a while to make leftovers. Same deal with them. Gotta feed ’em, but, get a
group of three or more of them at least and they can go
in tanks as small as five, all the way up, as many
as you want to keep. Alright, my last fish, an angelfish. So, yes, they do get large,
they get the size of, you know, a small saucer
but, keep them in, like, a 55 gallon or larger, they’re
pretty darn easy to keep. You can keep them with rasboras, barbs, as long as it’s not a long
fin variety of the angelfish. Barbs and neons, er, not neon tetras but tetras in general,
all those community fish. It’s your big, big, big show piece fish. It’s also a cichlid and, you know, so you can even keep it
with that Bolivian ram. It’s kind of, the easiest way, my advice, is to keep just one. Don’t buy wild caught, buy
stuff that’s been tank raised. Hopefully even locally to your water and, just put one showpiece
in that 55 gallon. It’s really easy. When you start adding more, that’s when you can get fighting going on. Then you can get breeding
going on and all that stuff and they get a lot more territorial but one is very, very easy to keep in a tank that’s 55 or larger in your general community tank. So, hopefully that gave you 10 ideas of what way could I go, I’m new to fish or I want to just add something and, you know, you can weigh in. Leave a comment down below and let me know what you think is a great beginner fish. I could have come up with
another 20 of them, I’m sure, but leave it down below
so that someone that’s new reading the comments goes
ooo, let me research that one, let me research that one and
we’ll crowdsource this thing and we’ll see you in the
next video. Thanks guys!

100 comments on “Top 10 Aquarium Fish For Beginners

  1. Can you keep kuhli leachies in a community heavily planted tank with a betta? They look super cool but I want to make sure they wont disturb the plant too much or bother a betta

  2. Beginner here. I want to get a tank in the near future. Which would be better to start with – rasboras or neon tetras?

  3. What a very informative video. Please make a video about pH 😀
    And these are my opinions but I thought Bettas and Angel Fishes were for intermediate people.

  4. I mostly agree with you because I am now a pretty good fish keeper and I have to say that the biggest tank that a beginner should have is probably a 15 gallon so I don't think that angel fish would be a good idea.

  5. Sorry , i strongly disagree that gold fishes are easy to keep. It does require lot of effort & care unlike the others which you had mentioned in the list.

  6. Such a nice fish store, i was in a fish store the other day it was horrible thy had rusty tanks and dint seem too treat there fish whel.

  7. What is the type of betta fish at 4:56 because I have the same type and it's back fin at the top is kinda twisted once and I'm wondering if that's natural or has hurt and how I can fix it

  8. I just recently filled a 75 gallon tank two tiger barbs to Barb's it look like tiger barbs but with some green 2 Cherry barbs two different types of angelfish to each I got a couple Gomez gory gory something like that to Coral catfish one giant pleco or picasimus whatever its called and a bunch of Guppies oh yeah 1 rainbow shark white tip white fin shark whatever it's called into sharks with a silver bodies of black tips on their fins Bala sharks or something like that I want to get cichlids probably not in the same tank but I have a 55-gallon what can I put with a cichlids

  9. I've had my betta for almost a year now thanks to the help of my sister who's always happy to help with fish. I'm thinking of getting a gourami with some tetras but I'm also looking for anything else that would be good to keep in the tank. Any thoughts?

  10. A beginner should never have a cichlids. Definitely not an angel fish. They aren't difficult but beginners almost never start big enough for these type of fish. Just start with tetras, live bearing fish. I don't think the angel fish should be on this list.

  11. One comment on the goldfish though it was mentioned that when they get big to put them in a pond. I wouldn’t recommend that but if you do you have to be very very careful that there’s no access to streams because those will get in the waterway and they are invasive.

  12. I have a flower horn , convict pair , jewel , Salvini ,kissing gourami , and a featherfin catfish I’ve been doing this from for years why am I hear😂

  13. I got 4 Angelfish in with 3 Bela Sharks 3 catfish, 1 glass catfish, 2 African Dwarf frogs 2 clown picassomess in a 60 gallon tank. Is this a bad community? In my opinion it’s beautiful! But wondering what you think.

  14. I started with those Red Pinky Black mark on stomach Fish that look like Sushi.
    They spotted the problom with my Filter very fast

  15. I disagree with the Tretras.
    A aqurium needs to adapt to fish being added like all machines. Beginners might mess up (like my spelling) with the nitrogen cycle and it's sold because they need to be in a school of six neon tetras and neon tetras are the most common absolutely beautiful so they're probably going to die because of filter can hold 6 at once in the total begining when the tann is set up

  16. I’m almost done cycling my 20 gallon tank. I want to keep these fish so far:
    -1 dwarf gourami or 3 honey gouramis
    -6 harlequin rasboras
    -6 Neón tetras
    -3 guppies
    -1 platy
    -1 molly
    I was thinking of adding tiger barbs into my stock. But after doing research I found out that they should not be kept with guppies or harlequin rasboras 🙁

  17. If you get a gold fish, don't get them at PetSmart. I got 4 of them in a row from them there. All of them died within 2 weeks.

  18. Hey, I have a 60 gallon tank with around 12 Tiger Barbs and 3 Sea Angel fish (1 is very large, I guess). I heard you mentioning about Tiger Barbs and Tetras. Are u sure I can place teras with above fishes ? I wanna add some color to my fishes so curious abt Tetras , which all can I keep ?

  19. Yo Cory, this video is like a year old at this point but hopefully you see this and answer my questions…Betta fish in a 10 gallon tank, can I put kuhli loaches in there and if so how many?

  20. here in Brazil we call the angelfish of Acará flag, I have and are wonderful the Brazilian fish are the best

  21. I'm getting my 20 gallon, I'm putting 5 cory cats and probably 7 neon tetras, or should I do a betta, whichever is easier

  22. My kuhli loaches hide behind my filter so a rarely see them but I do have an awesome dojo loach though

  23. Hey I bought three kuhlili loaches and they all died at different times what would be the problem. The water was perfect and the substrate was smooth I don’t know what could have gone wrong

  24. Our fish is a common gold fish its easy to take care of them and knew you were right because one of my gild fish dies hahahaga

  25. And also we only got 2 angel fish they were too small because they are only 3 months old so i hope they get bigger m soon…

  26. I'm curious as to the percentage of beginners who are dropping $500-1000 for a full 55+ gallon set up for their first tank. That seems like an outrageous amount of money to burn on a new hobby that you've never tried before.

  27. Thanks for uploading this one Cory! Love your videos man! Wish I could come out and meet you one day!!

  28. I had 4 emerald cories but 2 died a year ago, and I cant find any emeralds at my store. They are somehow extremely chill even though they live in a 20 gallon with tons of rocks and plants with a pair of Kribs who are also (I am lucky) chill.

  29. I have a Khuli loach! He hides all day, but when it gets dark, he comes out and is super active. I just call him khuli because I didn’t feel like coming up with a name for him, and it has a nice ring to it!

  30. I randomly bought 3 pink danios because they looked so beautiful and turns out they are so robust and strong!

  31. I bought 3 types fishes that is Golden, black and transparent but they all died within 7 days.
    Suggest me some solutions and fishes whivh have more resistant to aquarium.

  32. Hello, could you suggest some fishesfor me in planning to getting a 47gallon tank (180litres) i would like an angelfish what couldikeep with them

  33. I have my 15 gallon tank set up and ready to add fish. I wanted 4 different fish that live well together.

    I already have:
    Amano shrimp x1
    Ramshorn snail x1

    What else can you recommend? Thanks

  34. Zebra Danios I believe are literally impossible to kill. You could put them in a 68 degree tank with algae and ammonia and they would still live.

  35. I think goldfish is popular but isn’t easy to take care of mostly because they poop a lot so you have to look after them a lot just Incase if the ammonia is going high

  36. I just started an aquarium and it looks like i bought a Cichlid. Sadly I woke up and he was dead. Not sure why.

  37. Goldfish can become an invasive species in the wild and should most definitely not be released into ponds or streams.

  38. I have a55 gallon tank. I have a Jack Dempsey, 2 blood parrots and 2 pictus catfish.what would u recommend me putting in my tank. The parrots have lived in a communist tank before. I wanna do a school of something and angelfish

  39. I learnt the hard way not to mix goldfish with other fish.
    I used to have a fishtank (thinking of getting a new one now that I am older) that originally had 6 whitetail minnows in it, until my younger brother killed half of them because he wanted fish of his own so he dumped them in a plastic box with tap water. They died, so my dad took me to get new fish as I was very upset I chose goldfish, one common and one fancy.

    Long story short they ate my other minnows. I don't do goldfish now.

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