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COMMON NAME Rosy Barb

SCIENTIFIC NAME Barbus conchonius

PH 6.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 64-72 F 18-22 C

HABITAT
Planted tank with hard plants and plenty of swimming space

COMMUNITY FISH

DESCRIPTION
Lively peaceful fish best kept in groups of 5 plus will suit most community aquariums

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
All levels of aquarium

FOOD
All dried foods frozen and live food accepted

SIZE
Mature from 2.5 to 6 inches 6-15cm

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy to keep good starter fish

Males large and brighter coloured than the females


 

COMMON NAME Odessa Bards

SCIENTIFIC NAME Barbus ticto

PH 6.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 57-72F 14-22C

HABITAT
Moderate plant around the sides and back of the tank open space to the centre for swimming

COMMUNITY FISH

DESCRIPTION
Active swimmer peaceful shoaling fish

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
All levels of the aquarium

FOOD 
All dried foods frozen and live food accepted

SIZE
UP TO 10cm 4 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
70cm20 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

Mature males have black spots towards the edge of the dorsal fin

 

COMMON NAME Zebra Danio

SCIENTIFIC NAME Brachydanio rerio

PH 6.5 - 7.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 68-77F 20-25C

HABITAT
Moderate plant around the sides and back of the tank open space to the centre for swimming   

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Active swimmer peaceful shoaling fish

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Upper levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried foods frozen and live food accepted

SIZE
UP TO 6cm 2.3 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

Several varies available long finned and balloon the leopard danio is a morph of Zebra danio

 

COMMON NAME Platy

SCIENTIFIC NAME Xiphophorus maculatus

PH 7.0-8.2

TEMPERATURE RANGE 64-77F 18-25C

HABITAT
Planted tank with hardy plants like Vallis Sagittaria, Java Fern and Moss    

COMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful good community fish

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
Males 3.5cm 1 inch females 6cm 2.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

Platy come in many difference colour forms and make great fish to give lots of colour to the aquarium

 

COMMON NAME Angelfish

SCIENTIFIC NAME Pterophyllum scalare

PH 5.8 to 7.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 75-82F 24-28C

HABITAT
Well planted tank with hardy plants around edges add stones and roots leaving an open space for swimming

COMMUNITY
Territorial the fish school when young forming pairs as they mature peaceful fish faithful to their mates and form nuclear families

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 15cm 6 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
80 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

There are many different varieties available

 

COMMON NAME Molly

SCIENTIFIC NAME Peocilia schenops

PH 7.5 to 8.2

TEMPERATURE RANGE 64-82F 18-28C

HABITAT
Needs an aquarium with fast growing plant on the top and bottom with hiding places

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Very peaceful fish and good algae eaters

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Top and middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 6cm 2.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish
There are many different coloured varieties available fish will live in a brackish


 

COMMON NAME Guppy

SCIENTIFIC NAME Poecilia reticulata

PH 5.5 to 8.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 64-82F 18-28C

HABITAT
Will live happily in any aquarium

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful fish parents may chase young after spawning

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Top and middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 6cm 2.52 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

There are many different coloured varieties available don’t keep with fighting fish  both sexes of fighting fish will nip the fins of guppies

 

COMMON NAME Swordtails

SCIENTIFIC NAME Xiphophorus helleri

PH 7.0 to 8.3

TEMPERATURE RANGE 64-82F 18-28C

HABITAT
Well planted tank with plenty of open spaces for swimming

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful fish well suited to a community aquarium

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Top to middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
Males 10cm 4 inches Females 12cm 4.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

There are many different varieties available

 

COMMON NAME Tiger barb

SCIENTIFIC NAME Barbus tetrazona

PH 6.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 68-79F 20-26C

HABITAT
Aquarium edged with hardy plants needs lots of open space for swimming

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Lively playful schooling species with an established pecking order so active can be a nuisance to other tank mates

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
All levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 10cm 4 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

Mature males have black spots towards the edge of the dorsal fin and females are large

 

COMMON NAME Siamese fighting fish

SCIENTIFIC NAME Betta splendens

PH 6.0 to 8.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 75-86F 20-30C

HABITAT
Well planted tank on one side with a cover of floating plants

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful fish well suited to a community aquarium

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Top levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 6-7cm 2.5-3 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
10 LITRE

Easy fish to keep but sensitive to temperature changes

There are many different types available now like crown tails Lyretails Half Moons Tri colours and many more in a variety of colours


 

COMMON NAME Paradise fish

SCIENTIFIC NAME Macropodus opercularis

PH 7.0 to 8.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 61-79F 16-26C

HABITAT
Large aquarium with lots of swimming space and some places for females to hide with some hardy plants

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Young fish can be kept together adult males will battle as fiercely male fighting fish normally peaceful to other tank mates

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle to Bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 10cm 4 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

There are black and albino forms available the fish is also a jumper so keep the aquarium covered

 

COMMON NAME Black neon tetra

SCIENTIFIC NAME Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

PH 5.5 to 7.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 73-81F 23-27C

HABITAT
Well planted tank with plenty of open spaces for swimming

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful fish well suited to a community aquarium

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle to top levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 4cm 1.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

Females have a more prominent stomach

 

COMMON NAME Red eye tetra

SCIENTIFIC NAME Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae

PH 5.5 to 8.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-79F 22-26C

HABITAT
Prefers a planted tank with plenty of open spaces for swimming

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful fish well suited to a community aquarium

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 7cm 2.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

Females have a more rounded stomach

 

COMMON NAME Glowlight tetra

SCIENTIFIC NAME Hemigrammus gracilis

PH 5.8 to 7.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 74-82F 24-28C

HABITAT
Open swimming spaces and prefers a cover of floating plants

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful fish well suited to a community aquarium schooling fish

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 4cm 1.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

Females are large and stronger with a rounded ventral section

 

COMMON NAME Dwarf gourami

SCIENTIFIC NAME Colisa lalia

PH 6.0 to 7.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-82F 22-28C

HABITAT
Aquarium should be heavily planted with floating plants for cover

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
A peaceful timid species pairs generally swim together

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Top to middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 5cm 2 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy fish to keep fish but will not tolerate poor water conditions fish is a bubble nest builder

There are many different coloured  varieties available

 

COMMON NAME Black ruby barbs

SCIENTIFIC NAME Bardus nigrofasciatus

PH 6.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-79F 22-26C

HABITAT
Well planted tank with plenty of open spaces for swimming light should be subdued with floating plants tank should have hiding places

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful fish well suited to a community aquarium

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 6.5cm 2.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

Males are larger and more intensely coloured female are fatter and don’t change colour during spawning

 

COMMON NAME Eight banded false barb

SCIENTIFIC NAME Eirmotus octozona

PH 7.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 75-79F 24-26C

HABITAT
Densely planted sides and background leaving an open space for swimming

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful quiet undemanding schooling fish best kept with other small peaceful fish aquarium always keep at least 6 individuals

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 5cm 2 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy fish to keep

Perform regular water changes to the aquarium males slender with reddish fins

 

COMMON NAME Oscars

SCIENTIFIC NAME Astronotus ocellatus

PH 6.0 to 8.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-77F 22-25C

HABITAT
Aquarium with plenty of open swimming space with a deep sandy bottom with a few large rocks any hardy potted plants with the roots covered with rocks floating plants make a good solution

NON COMMUNITY - LARGE COMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Generally peaceful  despite their size boisterous when spawning and burrowers pairs form nuclear families

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Bottom to middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted fish are predatory and will eat smaller fish

SIZE
UP TO 33cm 12 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
250 LITRE

Fish needs large filters to cope with the mess they make and large regular water changes needed. Generally easy to keep but grow large and require large tank and tank mates.

There are several colour forms available

 

COMMON NAME Mexican sailfin molly

SCIENTIFIC NAME Poecilia velifera

PH 7.5 to 8.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 75-82F 20-28C

HABITAT
Prefers hard water 25 to 30 dGH with added salt 2-3 grams for each 1 or 2 litres of water needs lots of swimming space and algae

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful fish

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle to top levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Algae boiled and diced spinach lettuce live foods frozen foods and flake

SIZE
Males 10-15cm 4-6 inches Females 18cm 6.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy fish to keep given the correct water parameters

There are many hybrid colour forms available

 

COMMON NAME Silver sharks / Bala shark

SCIENTIFIC NAME Balantiocheilius melanopterus

PH 6.5 to 7.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 75-82F 22-28C

HABITAT
Well planted tank with plenty of open spaces for swimming plant along the edge and back of the aquarium with root or wood in the centre for decoration

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful fish well suited to a community aquarium can be kept with smaller fish

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
All levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 35cm 13 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
120 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

Fish is a jumper and easy startled

 

COMMON NAME Black phantom tetras

SCIENTIFIC NAME Megalamphodus megalopterus

PH 6.0 to 7.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-82F 22-28C

HABITAT
Aquarium with plenty of open spaces for swimming with floating plants for cover

COMMUNITY
Peaceful fish well suited to a community aquarium best kept in schools

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 4.5cm 1.75 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

Females are beautifully coloured with red adipose pectoral and anal fins males are smoky glass grey with black fins with a larger dorsal fin

 

COMMON NAME Harliquin rasbora / Red rasbora

SCIENTIFIC NAME Rasbora heteromorpha

PH 6.0 to 6.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-77F 22-25C

HABITAT
Dark gravel dense vegetation around the edges floating plants to dim the light and decorate with bogwood and roots

COMMUNITY
Peaceful fish lively fish good for the community aquarium

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
All dried food frozen and live accepted

SIZE
UP TO 4.5cm 1.75 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy fish to keep good starter fish

Sexes can be distinguished by the shape of their markings the leading edge is straight in the females and slightly rounded at the bottom with the tip extended on the males male is also thinner

 

COMMON NAME Black ghost knife fish

SCIENTIFIC NAME Apteronotus albifrons

PH 5.8 to 7.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 73-82F 23-28C

HABITAT
Needs a dark aquarium with plenty of hiding places as the fish are generally timid. Rocks and bogwood with plenty of plants

LARGE COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
May be aggressive  can be kept with large peaceful fish

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of live or frozen foods

SIZEUP TO 50cm 19.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
100 LITRE

Not an easy starter fish as they grow too large and very sensitive to water conditions

Very long lived fish reports of up to 16 years

 

COMMON NAME White cloud mountain minnows

SCIENTIFIC NAME Tanichthys albonubes

PH 5.8 to 7.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 64-72F 18-22C

HABITAT
Needs an aquarium with plenty of planting around the edges with the centre open for swimming

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful schooling fish single fish become pale and timid

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
All levels of the aquarium but prefer the top

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 4cm 1.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
10 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish

Male is thinner and more intensely coloured

 

COMMON NAME Silvertip tetra

SCIENTIFIC NAME Hasemaina nana

PH 5.5 to 7.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-82F 22-28C

HABITAT
Needs a roomy aquarium with a strong current with protective vegetation and soft lighting

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful schooling fish highly recommended for the community aquarium

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 5cm 2 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish

Male is thinner and more intensely coloured the tip on the anal fish is white and yellow on the females

 

COMMON NAME Rosy tetra

SCIENTIFIC NAME Hyphessobrycon bentosi rosaceus

PH 5.8 to 7.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 64-72F 18-22C

HABITAT
Aquarium with planted edges and open space to the centre for swimming

COMMUNITY
Peaceful schooling fish

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 4cm 1.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish
Male is has a larger dorsal fin and brighter coloured


 

COMMON NAME Discus

SCIENTIFIC NAME Symphysodon aequifasciatus

PH 5.8 to 6.8

TEMPERATURE RANGE 79-86F 26-30C

HABITAT
A large aquarium as tall as possible 20” lightly planted provide open areas for swimming with some large rock or bogwood for decoration

COMMUNITY WITH PEACEFULL SLOW MOVING FISH 

DESCRIPTION
Territorial only during spawning otherwise a peaceful schooling species

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle to lower levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type live or frozen foods flakes sometimes accepted

SIZE
UP TO 30CM 12 INCH

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
100 LITRE

Sensitive fish require good water quality and monitoring

Both parents care for the fry and after a few days the feed on a secretion the produce on there skin there are many different colour morph available

 

COMMON NAME Pearl gourami

SCIENTIFIC NAME Trichopodus Leeri

PH 6.5 to 8.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 74-82F 24-28C

HABITAT
Aquarium covered with floating ferns for hiding places

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful species though males may fight occasionally

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Top to middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 12cm 4 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
80 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish

Males are more red in colour and have pointed dorsal and anal fins the hardest of all labyrinth fish and can live for up to eight years

 

COMMON NAME Lemon tetra

SCIENTIFIC NAME Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis

PH 5.5 to 8.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 73-82F 23-28C

HABITAT
Aquarium with edged with dense vegetation and open space to the centre for swimming with subdued lighting

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful schooling fish

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle to top levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 4.5cm 1.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish requires frequent water changes and soft water

Male is has a black edge to the anal fin there best colour luminous yellow comes with the proper food like tetra pro colour

 

COMMON NAME Plecostomus
​​​​​​​

SCIENTIFIC NAME Hypostomus punctatus

PH 5.0 to 8.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-82F 22-28C

HABITAT
Nocturnal species needs a large tank with moderate planting and rock and bogwood for hiding

COMMUNITY
Peaceful harmless loner well suited to the community aquarium

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Algae softened spinach and lettuce and any type of dried tablet food

SIZE
UP TO 30cm 12 inches can grow larger UP TO 60cm 24 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
80 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish can grow very large
The fish are burrowers so keep plants in pots there are also several colour morphs available


 

COMMON NAME Pristella tetra / X ray fish

SCIENTIFIC NAME Pristella maxillaris

PH 6.0 to 8.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 74-82F 24-28C

HABITAT
Undemanding species does best in soft water subdued light will enhance the colours the fish is also found in brackish water

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful fish recommended for a community tank

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 4.5cm 1.75 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish

The species will not achieve maximum colour in hard water or brightly lighted tanks

 

COMMON NAME Head and tail light tetra

SCIENTIFIC NAME Hemigrammus ocellifer

PH 5.8 to 7.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-82F 22-28C

HABITAT
Aquarium with planted edges and open space to the centre for swimming

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful schooling fish 

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 4.5cm 2 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish

There are 2 know sub species of this fish 1 Hemigrammus ocellifer false and  (possibly H. mattei ) and 2 Hemmigrammus ocellifer ocellifer
 

COMMON NAME Sterba’s cory
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

SCIENTIFIC NAME Corrydoras sterbai

PH 5.8 to 7.2

TEMPERATURE RANGE 70-77F 21-25C

HABITAT
Aquarium moderately  planted and plenty of free swimming space with soft dark bottom

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful fish best kept in a small school

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried tablet foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 8cm 3 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish

Males somewhat more slender than the stouter females

 

 COMMON NAME Fairy cichlids / lyretail lamprologus
​​​​​​​

SCIENTIFIC NAME Neolamprologus brichardi

PH 7.5 to 8.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-77F 22-25C

HABITAT
Aquarium with rock formations and many caves as hiding places plants are not necessary

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful schooling species when not spawning species pairs during spawning forms a nuclear family and provide only cursory care for fry

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle to bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 10cm 4 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
60 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish 
Males have slightly longer dorsal and caudal fin tips the females dorsal is blunt the parents leave older fry to fend for themselves if they spawn again fish of several ages can be found in the tank older fry defend younger siblings


 

COMMON NAME Emerald dwarf rasbora / cross banded dwarf rasbora
​​​​​​​

SCIENTIFIC NAME Microrasbora erythromicron

PH 7.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 70-77F 21-25C

HABITAT
Aquarium with dense edge and background vegetation to help overcome shyness use sand as substrate and some roots / bogwood for decoration and leave lot of open space for swimming

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Very peaceful lively schooling fish best kept in small groups

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle to bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and small live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 3cm 1 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Very sensitive to water conditions if the water is too soft the fish become susceptible to disease

Males are more intensely coloured and thinner females are pale and more convex

 

COMMON NAME Red jewel cichlids / Lifalili cichlid
​​​​​​​

SCIENTIFIC NAME Hemichromis lifalili

PH 7.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-75F 22-24C

HABITAT
Needs a well planted aquarium with hardy plants like Vallis and Saggittaria and a few large rocks

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Territorial and peaceful except during spawn then the species is aggressive and intolerant

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 10cm 4 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
100 LITRE

Easy undemanding providing water is kept around neutral

Sexually inactive males are coloured similar females though they have a brighter orange-red hue on the sides of their stomach males in spawning colours a dark red

 

COMMON NAME bristlenose catfish

SCIENTIFIC NAME Ancistrus sp.

PH 5.8 to 7.8

TEMPERATURE RANGE 73-81F 23-27C

HABITAT
Prefers a large tank with clean oxygen rich water and lots for large roots or bogwood for hiding places during daylight hours

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful species recommended for large community tanks

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Mainly algae any type of algae tablets and lettuce and spinach soaked for 3 to 4 days

SIZE
13cm 4.5 inches can grow larger

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish

Males have lots of antler type bumps on it forehead females have a row of short thin bristles

 

COMMON NAME Neon tetra
​​​​​​​

SCIENTIFIC NAME Paracheriodon innesi

PH 5.8 to 8.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 68-79F 20-26C

HABITAT
Aquarium with subdued lighting ph 7.0 is ideal dark gravel bottom with moderate vegetation and regular water changes

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful schooling fish

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle to bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 4cm 1.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy undemanding starter fish

Neons can live up to ten years

 

COMMON NAME Silver Dollar
​​​​​​​

SCIENTIFIC NAME Metynnis argenteus

PH 5.0 to 7.0

TEMPERATURE RANGE 75-82F 24-28C

HABITAT
Aquarium should be shallow and roomy with hiding places among decoration use rock of bogwood  and dark coloured gravel plastic plants can be used  

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
Peaceful schooling species

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods love fresh vegetation lettuce spinach and duckweed

SIZE
UP TO 30cm 12 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
100 LITRE

Easy starter fish but grow very large

The anal fin of the male is longer and has a reddish tinge to the front

 

COMMON NAME Coolie loach
​​​​​​​

SCIENTIFIC NAME Pangio kuhlii

PH 6.0- 7.5 ( ph 6.0 is preferred )

TEMPERATURE RANGE 75-86F 23-27C

HABITAT
Aquarium should have a soft bottomed tank of sand or fine gravel prefers plenty of vegetation and hiding room between rocks and bogwood subdued light recommended floating plants is the best method

COMMUNITY
A quiet peaceful loner species the fish feeds at night and become active around dusk great for a community tank

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 12cm 4 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy starter fish

There are two sub species which only differ in colour

 

COMMON NAME Clown loach
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

SCIENTIFIC NAME Botia macracanthus

PH 6.0- 6.5 ( will tolerate a higher ph )

TEMPERATURE RANGE 75-86F 23-27C

HABITAT
Aquarium should have a soft bottomed tank of sand or fine gravel prefers plenty of vegetation and hiding room between rocks and bog wood subdued light recommended floating plants is the best method

COMMUNITY

DESCRIPTION
A quiet peaceful loner species the fish feeds at night and become active around dusk great for a community tank

TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM
Bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 12cm 4 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
80 LITRE

Easy starter fish

There are two sub species which only differ in colour
Good at eating snails


 

COMMON NAME Rummy Nose Tetra

SCIENTIFIC NAME Hemmigrammus Bleheri

PH 6.0- 6.5 ( will tolerate a higher ph )

TEMPERATURE RANGE 73-79F 23-26C

HABITAT
Peaceful schooling species

COMMUNITY
A quiet peaceful fish happy to live with other similar fish

TOP MIDDLE BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 4.5cm 2.25 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy starter fish with frequent water changes

COMMON NAME Gold Nugget Plec
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SCIENTIFIC NAME Baryancistrus Sp

PH 6.5- 7.2 ( will tolerate a higher ph )

TEMPERATURE RANGE 71-77F 22-25C

HABITAT
Aquarium should have a soft bottomed tank of sand or fine gravel prefers plenty of vegetation and hiding room between rocks and bog wood subdued light recommended floating plants is the best method

COMMUNITY
A quiet peaceful loner species the fish feeds at night and become active around dusk great for a community tank

TOP MIDDLE BOTTOM
Bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods  algae eater

SIZE
UP TO 18-25cm 7-10 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
80 LITRE

Easy starter fish

 

COMMON NAME Torpedo Barb

SCIENTIFIC NAME Sahyadria Denisonii

PH  6.8- 7.8 

TEMPERATURE RANGE 65-79F 18-26C

HABITAT
Peaceful schooling species

COMMUNITY
A peaceful schooling fish best kept in groups can be aggressive around food

TOP MIDDLE BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 9-11cm 3.5-4.3 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
80 LITRE

Easy starter fish
 

COMMON NAME Otocinclus
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SCIENTIFIC NAME Otocinclus Affinis

PH 5.0- 7.5 ( will tolerate a higher ph )

TEMPERATURE RANGE 68-79F 20-26C

HABITAT
Aquarium should have a soft bottomed tank of sand or fine gravel dense vegetation and hiding room between rocks and bogwood subdued light recommended floating plants is the best method clear water  with good filtration

COMMUNITY
A quiet peaceful  fish great for community tanks don't combine with more active Cichlids

TOP MIDDLE BOTTOM
Bottom to middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Algae eater will tank dried foods and frozen

SIZE
UP TO 4cm 1.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
20 LITRE

Easy starter fish

Excellent Algae eaters

 

COMMON NAME Green Barb / Half Striped Barb / Golden Barb ( Yellow Morph )

SCIENTIFIC NAME Barbus Semifasciolatus

PH 6.0-6.5 ( will tolerate a higher ph )

TEMPERATURE RANGE 64-75F 18-24C

HABITAT
Aquarium should have a fine gravel well planted with room to swim in the centre

COMMUNITY
A peaceful lively schooling fish

TOP MIDDLE BOTTOM
Bottom to middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods and vegetable foods

SIZE
UP TO 12cm 4 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy starter fish

The yellow morph is called the Golden Barb and is commonly identified as “Barbrus Schuberti”

 

COMMON NAME Kissing Gourami
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SCIENTIFIC NAME Helostoma Temminckii

PH 6.8- 8.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-82F 22-28C

HABITAT
Needs a roomy tank with stones and java fern and maybe java moss use  large grave on the bottom to stop dig don't use plastic plants as virtually all vegetation is regarded as food don't clean the back of the tank the fish will browse the algae growing there 

COMMUNITY
A tolerant species though males will sometimes fight but pressing there lips together

TOP MIDDLE BOTTOM
middle to top levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Vegetable and dried foods and live or frozen foods and smaller tank mates

SIZE
UP TO 15-30cm 6-12 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
80 LITRE

Easy starter fish

The fish filter plankton through their gills for added nourishment

 

COMMON NAME Bolivian Rams
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SCIENTIFIC NAME Microgeophagus Altispinosa

PH 6.0- 6.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 72-79F 22-26C

HABITAT
Aquarium should be dense planting in groups open area for swimming  and some caves for hiding

COMMUNITY
A quiet peaceful species forms pairs nuclear family both parents care for the brood

TOP MIDDLE BOTTOM
Middle to Bottom levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZEUP TO 8cm 3 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy starter fish

 sexual differences only discernible when fully grown

 

COMMON NAME Black Widow Tetra

SCIENTIFIC NAME Gymnocorymbus Ternetzi

PH  5.8- 8.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 68-79F 20-26C

HABITAT
Aquarium should have a grayish gravel bottom with a few tall plants

COMMUNITY
A quiet peaceful schooling fish ideal for the community tank

TOP MIDDLE BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 5.5cm 2.25 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy starter fish

A long finned variety introduced

 

COMMON NAME Ornate Tetra / Bentos Tetra
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SCIENTIFIC NAME Hyphessobrycon Bentosi

PH 5.8- 7.5

TEMPERATURE RANGE 75-82F 24-28C

HABITAT
Aquarium should be well planted around the edges with a dark substrate plenty of swimming space

COMMUNITY
A quiet peaceful community fish

TOP MIDDLE BOTTOM
Middle levels of the aquarium

FOOD
Any type of dried foods and live or frozen foods

SIZE
UP TO 4cm 1.5 inches

SMALLEST ADVISABLE TANK
40 LITRE

Easy starter fish

Male has an extended pointed tail fin

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