These easy schooling fish are far too beautiful to pass on when choosing your schooling freshwater aquarium fish.
While their popularity makes them easy to find in local pet-/aquarium stores, it also has a downside: commercially bred color varieties can be weak due to inbreeding and they are often impulse bought and kept in unsuitable housing. Like any other tropical fish, platies need a filtered, heated aquarium that’s large enough for a group of at least 6-7 fish. A planted tank around 20 gal/80L is a good place to start. Unlike many of the other fish on this list, they don’t do very well in soft water and a pH of at least around 7.5 is appeciated.
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Even someone who knows nothing about freshwater aquariums will recognize the iconic betta fish. This fish was long known as the Siamese fighting fish, and you can find them crammed into tiny fish bowls all over North America. And it’s easy to see why – this is by far one of the most stunning fish in the hobby.Mountain minnow habitat is quite easy to imitate, something these fish will really appreciate. In the wild, they occur in shallow streams with a low to moderate flow and possibly some vegetation. In the aquarium hobby, you can keep a group of at least 6 (preferably more) in a rectangular aquarium of at least 15 gallons (54L, preferably more). A dark sandy substrate with smooth pebbles as well as a relatively strong filter flow and some would be ideal, although they will also do well in a normal aquarium setups.Platies are a live-bearers like guppies, and they are another undemanding and easy to care for fish. Both the males and females share the same coloring, so make sure that you know how to sex them if you don’t want to end up with hordes of babies over flowing your aquarium.Although they may take a while to settle into their new tank, Cherry Barbs are the perfect freshwater fish for a home aquarium for all of the reasons listed above. They can tolerate big changes in water parameters, they are friendly, they only grow to around 2 inches long and in general, they are an easy fish to take care of. As one of the most endangered species of fish in the wild, the Cherry Barb is still a favourite within the fishkeeping community, thanks to it’s bright, eye catching colours, and it’s entertainment value. They are a very active fish, and once they become accustomed to their new surroundings, they will be very active and fun to watch.