How to Choose Fish for Your Aquarium 

 Originally Written: January 11, 2012

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on January 11, 2012 by Hanna Trafford

I could call myself “almost and expert” – on what NOT to do with your fish tank! 🙂 Over the years that I had a tank, I have gone through number of fish and I have to admit that I consider myself my own worst enemy. Explanation? I love Heart Shaped Blood Parrots – and they can be a bit nasty and mean to say the least. They are from the cichlid fish family – you really have to be careful who you try to make them get along with.

Don';t let the smile fool you - my Moe was a fish with a mind of his own, not tolerating other fish in his house

My Moe story may entertain you – check out this link:

My Special Fish

If you want to know more about these cute little guys – check out:

Blood Parrot Cichlid

But this is not what I really wanted to share with you – I want to give you a few points on what fish is great when you are starting to get into setting up your first tank. It is important that your fish can live in Harmony – and here are a few friendly and very nice species:

Dwarf Gourami

Dwarf Gourami

Dwarf Gourami comes in two tones or single colours. They mix well with all other fish

Rosy Barbs

Rosy Barbs

Rosy barbs are a schooling fish – they like to swim in packs of 5 or more. The great things about them is that they eat hair algae and are also fun to watch, because they are quite playful.

Neon Tetras

Neon Tetras

Neon Tetras are also a schooling fish. They stand out in a tank beautifully because of their colouring

Zebra Danios

Zebra Danios

Equally effective in your tank will be Zebra Danios – beautifully coloured and playful

Otocinclus “Oto”

Otocinclus "Oto"

You can add a few of these nice fish about a month after you set up your tank – the healthy grow of algae will make them happy.

In summary – to set up a nice, colourful tank, mix two Gouramis, three Barbs and six Zebras or six smaller Tetras. And then all you have to do is maintain a healthy tank!

Hope you have enjoyed this information -please send me your comments, suggestions, experiences and pictures – your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!



Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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