10 Best Freshwater Fish for Beginners

Many people have been interested in getting into the freshwater aquarium hobby, but they don’t know where to start.

For beginners, it’s important to choose a good fish to start with. Choosing the best freshwater fish for beginners is the key to a successful aquarium.

There are many different types of fish available, and they come in a wide range of sizes, colors, and personalities.

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We’ve put together a list of 10 species of fish for beginners for an easy, comfortable start:

1. SCARLET AKA GEM BADIS (DARIO DARIO)

Also known as the Gem Badis, this exquisite, colorful, and delicate fish originates from India. There are about 10 different species of badis and are very popular among aquarium hobbyists.

A relatively shy fish, badis gets bold and comfortable if placed in a heavily planted aquarium where it will feel safe.

The Scarlet Badis is a small predator which requires meaty foods to survive. Therefore, live and frozen foods should be offered regularly such as cyclops, glassworms, and enriched Artemia,

Scarlet Badis are peaceful and are adaptable to a wide range of temperature. Their average adult size ranges between 0.5 – 0.8 inch (1.2 – 2 cm).

2. RED CAP ORANDA GOLDFISH (CARASSIUS AURATUS), TANK-BRED

This elegant, beautiful goldfish is pearlescent white with a red orange head and therefore it was named as the “red cap.”

The Red Cap Oranda requires spacious tank and clean water at all times, therefore a powerful filtration system is imperative.

This peaceful omnivorous species are easier to feed. Protein should make up to one-third of their diet along with high quality dry foods and some vegetable matter.

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3. PHOENIX RASBORA (BORARAS MERAH)

This distinctively beautiful tiny fish is a popular choice for its peaceful disposition and size which can thrive well in a planted aquarium.

The Phoenix Rasbora should be kept in schools of 6 or more and are very easy to feed.

High-quality flake food, pellets, and live, frozen, or freeze-dried Artemia, microworms, Tubifex, and finely chopped bloodworms are good options.

4. DWARF AKA PYGMY RASBORA (BORARAS MACULATUS)

The Dwarf Rasbora are a very active and noticeable fish in the aquarium. With proper diet and care, the males of this species exhibit bright ruby red coloration.

They must not be kept with overly boisterous tankmates that will outcompete it during feeding.  

The Dwarf Rasbora are micropredators and can thrive well on varied carnivorous foods such as microworms, Tubifex, and finely chopped bloodworms.

5. EMERALD DWARF RASBORA (CELESTICHTHYS ERYTHROMICRON), TANK-BRED

This nano fish has striking turquoise green stripes along their sides that glow vibrantly under any lighting.

They require clean, densely planted aquarium, and the more of this species in your tank, the less timid they will feel.

Emerald Dwarf Rasboras prefer live foods such as brine shrimp, microworms, daphnia, and insect larvae. 

6. HARLEQUIN RASBORA (TRIGONOSTIGMA HETEROMORPHA), TANK-BRED

With brightish, pink color and dark or purple marks on its sides, this fish is one of the longest kept species in the tank and probably the best fish to put together in an aquarium.

The ideal environment for Harlequin Rasbora is a clean, densely planted aquarium, and are omnivorous species which makes them easier to feed.

7. LAMBCHOP RASBORA (TRIGONOSTIGMA ESPEI)

This bright red/orange species with dark or purple mark on their sides resemble lamb chops in shape.

The ideal tank environment for Lambchop Rasbora should contain plants, rocks or driftwood.

This omnivorous specie are not picky eaters and therefore are easier to feed.

8. BLONDE ENDLER’S LIVEBEARER (POECILIA WINGEI), TANK-BRED

This colorful, peaceful tiny fish are a great choice for nano or planted aquarium.

Endlers are best kept in groups and can thrive well on a variety of meaty foods with spirulina or other nutritious vegetable matter.

9. RED LINE ENDLER’S LIVEBEARER (POECILIA WINGEI), TANK-BRED

The unique striking red line on its body makes Red Line Endler a standout in the tank.

This small specie is best kept in groups and can thrive well on a variety of meaty foods with spirulina or other nutritious vegetable matter.

10. BLUE EMERALD VIENNA BOTTOM SWORD ENDLER’S LIVEBEARER (POECILIA WINGEI), TANK-BRED

This small, peaceful fish has stunning blue-green body coloration. They do not eat or bother aquarium plants.

While not a picky eater, the Blue Emerald Vienna Bottom Sword Endler’s Livebearer will thrive and remain very colorful on a varied diet of meaty foods supplemented with spirulina or other nutritious vegetable matter.

High-quality and flake food, pellets, and frozen or freeze-dried tubifex and bloodworms will all be readily accepted.  

Aquatic Arts is one of the largest retail aquatics companies in the world. We have shipped millions of aquatic creatures across the United States.

Our satisfied customers which are mostly repeat customers serve as a testament to our quality which has remained uncompromised throughout these years.

We are actively developing our own brand for high-quality aquarium equipment, foods, and additives. 

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