What is your favourite tropical fish breed

@zhetto (163)
Australia
February 11, 2007 2:34am CST
I have had tropical fish for the past few years now and have had Harlequins, Neons and Guppies and found that guppies are a little hard to maintain. I had a high mortality rate. I checked the water and everything was fine but they will still dying quickly. Has anyone else had guppies and this problem? The ones I like now are from the tetra family. I am also looking at getting 1 or 2 silver sharks. Just so I can have a "Shark". Tell me what your thought are? Are the Silver shark easy to look after?
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@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Guppies should probably breed like crazy and overrun your whole tank, so I'm surprised at that I guess. Have you checked the temperature? Is something else having them for lunch? As far as the shark goes, check to make sure how big they grow. Some of the fish that you buy at the pet stores can get quite large. I had some kind of a shark before, but I can't remember the name of it.. it did get big.
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@zhetto (163)
• Australia
21 Feb 07
I found that my guppies did breed frequently. I had on average at least 20 - 30 babies but I did lose a lot as, I guess, turned out to be food for the other fish as i had no way of separating the female from the rest of the tank. I tried to keep an eye on them as best I could but work made it hard. I am not sure exactly how many babies I had and even the babies had the high mortality rate.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
You can get some fake plastic grass that floats on the top. It's specially made for babies to hide in and they use it. You can feed from the top opening. They have tiny brains though and venture out, only to be gobbled up. I've always liked angel fish --they are quiet showy in the tank.
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@zhetto (163)
• Australia
28 Feb 07
Thank you for the information. When I start getting back into guppies in the future I will look into the fake grass. I guess you get it from pet shops. If not can you please tell me where.
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15 Apr 07
L-134 leopardfrog plec see the planet catfish site's cat-e-log
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@zhetto (163)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
Sorry but I am not sure what you mean. Can you please explain a little better?
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• Australia
11 Feb 07
I've always wanted a shark as well, but have never really had any other fish that they would be compatible with. I'm also a sucker for tetras. I just love how tiny and pretty there colours are. I had guppies once for less than twenty-four hours. I was relatively new to keeping tropical fish, and for the first (and oddly last time) at my favourite aquarium I wasn't bombarded with 100 questions about the other fish I was planning to put them with. Needless to say I had barbs, who had a nice dinner that day/night. I'm pretty happy with what I have at the moment and for the past couple of years now. Have definetly been easy to maintain and keep which is definetly an added bonus for me. I've got one tank set up with Barbs, who I absolutely adore. I think as long as I keep tropical fish, I'll probably have barbs. My other tank is set up with 2 Angels and 2 loaches. I've had the loaches for more than two years now, and the angels would definetly be approaching two years by now as well. They had some neon friends at one stage, but I don't seem to have the best of luck with them. If my memory serves me correct I don't believe sharks and most tetras go very well together, so you may want to have a bit of a look into that.
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@zhetto (163)
• Australia
12 Feb 07
I have never heard of a couple of them. i will look into them thanks
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19 Feb 07
My favourite breeds are Bettas (Fighting Fish) and corydoras. I currently own one Pink Male Betta and three Albino Croy's. They are all great to watch, especially the Betta when he flares for a mirror!
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
11 Feb 07
In regards to goldfish I prefer the neons, since they are small, inexpensive, colourful, and very hardy. I found them a lot easy to maintain as long as there is enough oxygen remaining in the water. During winter, goldfish will become sluggish, stop eating, and often stay on the bottom of the tank. This is completely normal; they will become active again in the spring. A filter is important to clear waste and keep the pond clean. Plants are essential as they act as part of the filtration system, as well as a food source for the fish. Plants are furthermore beneficial since they raise oxygen levels in the water. I have never had Silver shark but I hope that they are just as easy to maintain. Goldfish pond
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@darksome (24)
• United States
27 Jun 08
guppies are my ultimate favorites...yeah I have experienced the same thing with the mortality rates except when I have fry being born in my fish tank...I think it's only the store bought ones because of them having to be delivered over long distances and the stress they experience.
@zhetto (163)
• Australia
24 Jul 08
I have found out that my guppie mortality rate was beacuse of poop filtration. I have upgrade to a canister filter and have been keeping the guppies heaps longer. They are a more sensitive fish so need the best care. Practice makes perfect I guess.
• United States
15 Jun 07
The silver sharks are actually salt water cat fish and do not do well in pure fresh water. Under good condition they can get to be 6 or 8 inches long.
@zhetto (163)
• Australia
22 Jul 07
Sorry about the delay but i have been too busy to log in. thanks for your reply though