maintenance, care, compatibility
The most unpretentious and small aquarium fish with photos
I think many aquarium fish experts will agree that the first place is given to guppes.
Everyone probably knows these fish … even those who have never seen aquariums. We can say that these fish are the fish of all children of the former USSR (they were in all Soviet aquariums))). The fish is very beautiful and unpretentious.
The tail fin is her beauty. The simplicity of the fish is that it can withstand “difficult conditions of detention.” I happened to see an aquarium with guppies. without aeration, without filtering, without plants, without proper feeding etc. – horror, terrible dream aquarist.
Nevertheless, guppies managed not only to survive in such an aquarium, but even tried to multiply. So to mock the fish of course not worth it.
But their endurance and vitality sometimes affects.
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2nd place Swordtails
A very famous fish, as a result of persistent selection, a large number of swordtails of various colors and shapes were bred. Males differ from females by the presence of a “sword” on the lower edge of the caudal fin.
Swordtails are kept in flocks in a densely planted aquarium. The minimum size of the aquarium from 10 liters (but better is more).
A good volume of aquarium for a small group of swordtails is 50 liters.
An interesting fact about these fish is that the female swordtail can, at some point, become a male, i.e. change the floor. This is due to the struggle for the survival of the species.
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Read about swordsmen more in detail here.
3rd place Somiki corridors
It should begin with the fact that all aquarium catfish – a priori unpretentious. Moreover, they are “orderlies of the aquarium world”: they clean the soil and eat the remnants of life activity. The corridors are chosen from all catfish, since
in addition to the gill, they have intestinal respiration, those. if aeration stops, they will live for a long time.
The fish are very peaceful, calm. They slowly swim along the bottom in search of food. In the aquarium they are usually kept in flocks.
Fish, do not pose any threat to other inhabitants of the aquarium.
You can read more about CORRIDORATUS here.
4th place Mollies
Molly, like guppies – viviparous fishes. Unpretentious and tolerant of poor conditions.
Nevertheless, they are more capricious than the “troika of winners”.
Fish suitable for beginners and young aquarists. The fishes most difficult to keep from all members of the family are demanding of their conditions, they do not tolerate low temperatures, some like “salty” water, like bright light, etc.
You can read more about MOLLINESIA here.
5th place Tetras – Harazinki
All tetras are small, brisk, not capricious fishes. However, they will not be able to survive in “Spartan conditions” as guppies.
They need aeration and filtration. You can keep them in an aquarium by a group (from 5 individuals) with a volume of at least 35 liters of water.
You can read more about TETRAH here.
6th place Ternetsii
Very famous little fish. Fish energetic, mobile. Fish get along well with other types of fish.
Somehow my terntions even lived with small cichlids. Recommended aquarium with a volume of at least 30 liters of water, densely planted with plants.
Aeration, filtration – yes!
You can read more about TERNIA here.
7th place Danio (rerio, pink)
Starting from the 5th place TOP, all the fish require unpretentious attention. Tanks are different from them – briskness and speed of movement.
They can coexist with many species of fish, even with fish of medium and increased aggression: scalar, goura and even with small cichlids.
Read more about DANIO here.
8th place Torakatum
One of the famous large catfish of the aquarium world and excellent attendants of the aquarium. Peaceable and unpretentious to the content.
They can be kept in a common aquarium with thickets of plants and a large number of shelters. Fish, do not pose any threat to other inhabitants of the aquarium.
Compatible with all kinds of fish. The neighbors are not recommended only one hundred percent aggressors and predators.
You can read more about TORAKATUM here.
9th place Gourami
Gourami – are medium sized fish. Entered in this TOP due to gill labyrinth – fish do not need aeration, they breathe atmospheric air.
Really peaceful fish, but sometimes aggression. Some individuals taken separately are even very aggressive, as they say, as lucky.
You can read more about GURAMs here.
10 place Barbus
Barbusses are schooling, small fish that can stand up for themselves! If you decide to start a barbus, I recommend to allocate for this a separate aquarium, “barbusyatnik.” “Pirate” temper, the ability to stand up for themselves – deserve 10th place.
You can read more about BARBUSH here.
Of course, the above TOP is conditional – always remember the words
Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger de Saint-Exupery
“We are responsible for those who have tamed”
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Not every person can afford to buy and place a large aquarium at home. Sometimes there is simply not enough free space, and one wants to decorate the interior of the dwelling and have this kind of pets at home. Often there are cases when small aquariums are purchased in order to put them in their workplace, thus decorating the office.
But it is important to remember that a small aquarium is very difficult to maintain. The difficulty is to properly maintain a sustainable biological system.
Not every novice aquarist will be able to choose the right fish for a small aquarium.
Characteristics of a small aquarium
Experts advise not to buy very small vessels. The fact is that in small aquariums it is simply impossible to maintain the parameters that are necessary for the life of the fish. For example, for keeping fish in a small aquarium, you need to maintain a stable temperature regime.
There are fish that need the temperature in the aquarium to reach 18-20 degrees, and there are tropical species that require temperatures above 25-27 degrees.
At home, it is very difficult to maintain a stable high temperature of the water in the aquarium. At the same time, the water temperature remains one of the most important parameters for keeping fish.
In addition, as long as the bacteria do not settle the filter, the aquarist will have to frequently change the water. For replacement water is suitable, which
defended for at least two days.
Selection of equipment and plants for a small aquarium
Aquariums with a small volume are sold in specialized stores. The kit usually sells a cap, an air pump, a filter, and a light.
That’s all it takes. Usually such kits are not expensive.
The choice of plants in a small aquarium directly depends on the size of the aquarium. Large and fast-growing plants in the design of small aquariums should be avoided.
They will occupy the entire volume and will cause a lot of trouble.
For small aquariums, small species of Anubias and microzoriums are ideal. The advantage of these plants is that they do not need to be buried in the ground, but only easily attached with wire to the pebbles at the bottom.
Successfully will look and cryptocorynes. You can use different mosses for decoration.
Especially advantageous they will look in an aquarium with shrimp.
Selection of aquarium fish for a small aquarium
From viviparous fish for a small aquarium, you can choose guppies. This is a common and inexpensive fish.
You can purchase red, spotted, black or green swordtails. As an option – to get placium or mollies.
These relatively unpretentious fish for a small aquarium, there are different colors.
You can choose barbs or danios or have catfish ancytrus from the fledgling fish.
Often for the design of the workplace choose round aquariums. When choosing fish for a round aquarium usually stop at certain species.
Often you can see a goldfish in a small aquarium. Sometimes in mini-aquariums they keep frogs, tritons, shrimps.
A betta fighting fish in a small aquarium will also feel great, as it can breathe atmospheric air. This feature explains the choice of this type of fish for small round aquariums.
It can be concluded that when choosing fish for a small aquarium, many factors must be taken into account, but mini-aquariums are worth the effort, as they will be a great addition to the interior.
Separately, I would like to mention this model as a small round aquarium. This kind of aquariums can not be considered successful:
- first, curved glass has the effect of a lens and distorts the outlines of fish,
- secondly, the fish themselves see the world in a similar aquarium blurry (many aquarists are sure that this negatively affects their health),
- thirdly, to clean the rounded glass is difficult, the standard scraper is not suitable for this procedure.
Creating and maintaining biological balance – the optimal ratio of plants, decor and fish for a small aquarium is quite a laborious job. Residents of the aquarium should feel comfortable in a small space.
To do this, do not overload the small aquarium inhabitants.
Fish for a small aquarium is chosen depending on their size and nature. Small fish with a calm, peaceful nature are preferable.
You can combine several species of fish with the same content requirements or create ideal conditions for one breed.
Guppies, small golden and cherry barbs, gourami, glowing tetras are fish for a small aquarium. The aquarium looks good with one goldfish or a cockerel.
Also in such a reservoir, you can settle danios or neons.
Keep track of the size of your pets. With good care, the fish grow in a small aquarium, and it becomes crowded.
Catch large fish in large domestic reservoirs and replace them with young.
There are many forms of a small aquarium: a cube, a glass, a trapezium, hexagons, etc. The smallest aquarium in the world, for example, has a rectangular shape, which only emphasizes its uniqueness. If you still choose a small round aquarium, remember that externally round and rectangular aquariums may seem the same size, but the round aquarium always has a smaller volume.
Choose decorative elements for a small round aquarium according to its volume, small snags and stones, which can also be used as a foundation for fastening plants. For decoration of small aquariums, most often use moss (small pieces) or Hemianthus, and from plants – Anublas, Microsorum and Vesicularia.
In the case of small aquariums, a good solution would be to completely abandon the fish and populate the pond with shrimp. The aquarium with young ampouleries will also look impressive.
A mini-aquarium, like a spark in the dark, will illuminate your apartment with natural peace and beauty.
Selecting fish for a small aquarium is necessary, guided by very simple rules. Predators better not run in small tanks.
In addition, other inhabitants should be miniature, so before you buy you should definitely ask about the size of adults. Expensive aquarium fish – also not the best option due to the fact that to maintain the optimal temperature for them is very difficult.
Eco-balance may be disrupted, and it is these fish that will die first.
You can not run into a small home “pond” as a large number of fish. There is a rule: each fish with a length of 5-7 cm should be at least 3-5 liters of water. It is not necessary to start the fish, which differ in their behavioral reactions.
For example, some representatives of the water kingdom may be in constant motion, while others will be slow-moving.
It is necessary to run small aquarium fish in such a way that the vital volume of the tank is filled evenly. For example, there are representatives that relate to a particular territory.
They often occupy the entire aquarium so much that it causes great inconvenience to other fish. The ideal combination is the fish living in the bottom layer of the aquarium, which are adjacent to those living in the middle layers.
You can also add fish to them, which prefer to swim on the surface.
Fledging fish can be placed in small aquariums. You can get one of the smallest aquarium fish – Sumatran barbus.
Enough to plant in the aquarium 10-15 pieces. Particularly impressive will look mossy barbius-mutants, which have a dark green color. You can make cute little fish – striped danios, which are very unpretentious.
Cute and cardinals, especially their veil form.
The most beautiful aquarium fish for a small aquarium are, perhaps, representatives of the family of haracin – blue neon, red or ordinary. Despite their small size, they adorn any body of water.
A magnificent sight is a flock of 20-30 fish. Small catfish can also be planted with them – speckled, golden or green.
They will serve as a kind of orderlies, constantly searching for leftover food in the sand.
Viviparsing fish for a small aquarium is also a good option. Good-looking will be multi-colored flocks of guppies. Let it not the smallest aquarium fish, but the most unpretentious.
They are the most common and inexpensive, if it is not a selection of species. You can find beautiful representatives with intricate colors, and it is enough to run 15-20 fish, so that the reservoir will simply be filled with various colors.
Small swordtails of different colors also feel great in small tanks. These can be red and black, green and spotty representatives. Enough for an aquarium of 50 liters to run 15-20 individuals.
You can start with a dozen mollies of black color. Here are just these little fish more fastidious and demanding on the composition of the water.
For them, the reservoir must be periodically salted.
red swordtails: male and female
Unusually look and 10-15 persons, which have a red, calico, spotted color. Particularly spectacular red petilia.
All of these live-bearing fish can be contained in approximately the same conditions. With such “inhabitants” the aquarium will be full of colors, and under proper conditions the fish will be pleasing to the eye for a very long time.
Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to buy a large aquarium. But almost everyone wants to have at home his own little underwater world, which would bring a lot of positive emotions and become a source of joy for the whole family.
In this situation, the best option could be an aquarium of 20 liters, which harmoniously fits into a small room, will greatly facilitate cleaning time and cost much less. And if you listen to the opinion of aquarists, in such a small aquarium, individuals of one species can feel great, thus forming a small school, completely different species of fish or a couple of beautiful rooster fish.