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December 17, 2007
8:50 pm
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Amy
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What type of fish would be best for starting to keep tropicals? Pandas are cute and a certain one (dunc's!) doesn't seem to be scared of people looking at him /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

December 23, 2007
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Corydoras are a very popular family of fish - and for good reason. They're quite hardy, can be extremely attractive and aren't very big!

However, it's quite rare that Corydoras will be the only fishes kept in a tank as they can be quite secretive and are "bottom-dwelling" catfish; a type of fish which rarely swims above the substrate in the tank.

Andrew has written an excellent couple of articles here and here about setting up an aquarium then has another good article on an introduction to community tropical fish here. I'd recommend that you give them a read.

Personally I would say.. don't be afraid to have a go at some of the more complex species. It's quite easy keeping and breeding Guppies, Platties and Mollies but there are some of the slightly more "adavanced" species like Keyhole Cichlids which are quite hardy and a very rewarding, different type of fish to keep.

February 17, 2008
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I would actually say that when you have gotten in to fishkeeping a bit and kept your first tank for a while ... (mayb after experiencing ur first disease or whatnot) a lot of the tropical species become available to you.

I mean like.. keyhole cichlids as Dunc mentioned arent really too difficult to look after but lots of new fishkeepers are put off the idea of cichlids by aquatics staff "experts" (rolleyes) because cichlids are too aggressive or whatnot. Thats just silly really because some cichlids arent even a little bit aggressive and some of them are so tough!

There are so many silly rumours and myths in fishkeeping i reckon.

February 18, 2008
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Too many silly rumours started by people who think they know what they are talking about.
I will never consider myself as an "expert" as i still, after all these years learn something new every day. If you have a look around and see if there's anything you fancy keeping i'm sure if you ask us on here we will be able to help you out.

Della

February 22, 2008
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As has been said really, you can keep any fish you want, as long as you're willing to work at it! Some fish do better in mature tanks, so it's a good idea to have some hardy fish in there for a few months before you move onto more sensative species. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> There are some gorgous cichlids out there, so have a scout round, and see what you like!

February 25, 2008
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Loads of the commonly available, mass-produced fish are quite hardy, although the inbreeding that takes place has conversely made some species more susceptible to disease and genetic issues.

Personally I'd recommend the commoner Danionins such as Brachydanio rerio (zebra/leopard danio) or the glowlight danio (Danio choprai), the black neon tetra (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi) the common Ancistrus sp. (3) and in a slightly larger tank perhaps kribensis (Pelvicachromis pulcher) or pearl gouramis (Trichogaster leerii) as good beginner's species.

Ones to avoid would number too many to list. The best advice in my opinion is to find a good shop offering advice you can trust and read as much as you can about any species you're interested in before you buy. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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