In my last blog, I discussed the frustration new hobbyists can feel when they cannot get a definitive answer to what seems to be a simple question. There are usually many ways to accomplish the desired goal and help maintain the aquarium. This can make things a bit confusing to the novice. Then, we complicate the whole issue even more with the “common” names given to the fish for sale.
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If you are looking for a smaller, colorful fish to grow and spawn, I have the perfect fish for you: the Blue Acara. This is a Central-South American cichlid that for a long time was known as the Aequidens pulcher but was recently moved to a different classification, Andinoacara pulcher.
As you can see, the prices for the fish themselves have significantly dropped with the production from fish farms in Florida and S.E. Asia. One other factor that lead to lower pricing and a lot better variety and survivability for wild caught fish was the invention of the plastic bag.
In my last article, I posted a link to the world’s largest public aquarium in China, coming in at 12.87 million gallons of marine water! It would take 260+ tons of salt mix to make a 10% water change! That being said, I would still like to point out that there are significant advantages to setting up reasonably large home aquarium, especially true if you want a freshwater tropical aquarium.
If you are thinking about putting together a freshwater aquarium of community fish, you have some great fish to choose from. A community aquarium is one that contains more than one species of fish. Many times, the variety of fish do not occur together in nature, but you can find fish of compatible temperament and water requirements that can co-exist well. This helps to develop an aquarium full of color and interest.