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.
HOW AND GUPPI ARE RECOMMENDED, ALL THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT TO DEAD WITH THE AQUARIUM.
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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Caring for aquarium fish – the whole science. At first glance, it is impossible to remember all the conditions and requirements for the content, it is difficult to find the means to purchase a huge aquarium and expensive equipment for it and time to prepare special feeds and regularly test the water.
But there are fish that will forgive the newcomer for his inexperience and possible mistakes, and caring for them will not require huge material and temporary resources from him. About these simple to care, tenacious and unpretentious inhabitants of the aquarium and will be discussed.
They are considered the most undemanding to the conditions of detention and, in the general opinion, are the best option among aquarium fish for beginners. In turn, among this group there are also champions in vitality.
Of course, this is a guppy. These fish are familiar to all, they were popular even in those prehistoric times when the filter, compressor and thermostat in the aquarium were considered a luxury.
And the guppies in these aquariums lived, sparkled with their magnificent tails and multiplied.
Small fishes of this species can live in a small amount of water, without filtration and aeration, at different temperatures, exclusively on dry food. Of course, such a life cannot be called a comfortable life, and this may soon manifest itself in a deterioration in the appetite of small fishes and the blanching of their colors.
Therefore, it is still very desirable to install a filter in the aquarium, carry out water changes regularly (once a week at 20-30%), and try to diversify the food as much as possible.
Another condition for a long and happy life of gops is that there must be a few of them in the aquarium, not less than 5-6 pieces, since they are packaged and feel alone and uncomfortable.
Relatives of guppies, equally popular in novice aquariums, are swordtails. These small bright fish also do not require special care. They are larger than guppies, so they need at least 40-50 liters of an aquarium; about 6 liters of water should be in each individual.
Otherwise, the fish is also unpretentious, tolerates non-ideal conditions in the aquarium, organic water pollution or high nitrate content in it, and even breeds under these conditions.
Petilles and mollies are also viviparous fishes, almost as good as guppies and swordtails in their resilience. They need a more constant water temperature.
Here, perhaps, all the difference.
The colors and forms of viviparous fish are so bright and diverse that you can create a beautiful, lively and interesting aquarium, using only representatives of these species. And the ease of their reproduction at home (fry are born already well-formed, they eat adult food themselves, and for their successful development it is necessary to ensure only the presence of thickets of small-leaved plants, you can even artificial, where they can hide) and allows even the beginner Aquarist feel like a true fish farmer.
It should be noted that at present breeders have deduced a large number of different forms of viviparous fish – with unusual colors, veil fins, and so on. These fish are unusually beautiful, but they are much more demanding of conditions of detention and not always suitable for inexperienced owners.
Carp representatives are the next most popular among beginners and ability to survive in difficult conditions.
In this group, in the first place, it should be noted danio rerio. This fish, it seems, takes nothing.
In my aquarium, my friends once broke the thermostat, in the very heated water all the fish died and only the danios continued to swim as if nothing had happened. These persistent kids even launched into space.
Danio have quite ordinary appearance, but they captivate with their activity and swiftness. The schooling fish, but does not require a lot of space, 8-10 individuals will be perfectly able to live in a twenty-liter aquarium.
It is also quite easy to propagate them – it is enough to set a female (2) and three males ready for spawning into a small container, put them near the window early in the morning so that the first rays of the morning sun hit the bank and the fish begin to actively spawn. Growing fry, of course, more difficult than that of viviparous fish, but with due diligence and it is quite possible.
Another frequent inhabitant of small aquariums is the cardinal. It is a medium-sized, up to 4-5 cm long, slender and mobile fish with bright fins. Cardinals are undemanding to the parameters of water, have a peaceful and livable nature, use dry or live food.
A flock of nondescript at first glance cardinals will liven up any aquarium.
Barbus are also representatives of carp. In aquariums there are many species of this genus, the most unpretentious of them is considered to be a Sumatran barbus.
He has a bright golden-black striped color, and indeed in the aquarium it is difficult not to notice, his character is too active. Because of this, the bar should not be settled in an aquarium with calm phlegmatic fish, they will be uncomfortable with this jumping bully.
Barbs are prone to obesity, so you should not overfeed them. Another possible problem in fish of this species is the stagnation of calf in females.
To avoid this, you need to raise the temperature in the aquarium twice a year, stimulating spawning.
If a novice aquarist is immediately serious and ready to spend time on caring for an aquarium and studying special literature, you can recommend him to buy the most simple cichlids – the angelfish and black-striped chichlases. These species need a sufficiently large amount of water (at least 100 liters per pair) and careful selection of neighbors, but otherwise they are not too demanding.
In conclusion, it is worth noting that there are no aquariums and fish that do not require care at all. Fish, like frogs, turtles, tritons are living creatures, and care about them should be constant.
If you don’t want to mess with the aquarium, and you just want beauty and pleasant murmur, it’s better not to torture animals and not to suffer yourself, but to buy a bubble panel and admire its pacifying gurgle.
In addition, it is not enough just to choose unpretentious fish, it is necessary to consider the following:
- fish must be compatible, since if, for example, simple guppies and barbs are placed in one aquarium, nothing good will come of it;
- it is preferable to place in one aquarium related species or species that live in nature under similar conditions;
- when choosing fish, it is necessary to take into account what maximum size they can achieve, and based on this, determine the capacity of their aquarium;
- most small fish are schooling, they need to be acquired immediately by the group.
Only by observing these conditions, you can make your first aquarium a source of beauty and pleasure.
The story of the small and unpretentious fish look at the video:
Many undemanding fish can easily breed in aquarium conditions. The only exception is haracin, which breeding is only possible for experienced aquarists. For beginners in breeding recommended all types of viviparous toothed fish.
And speckled catfish, antsistrusy can easily spawn in the general aquarium. Also easy to breed danios and barbs.
Labyrinths build foam nests, and cichlids bear offspring in the mouth.
However, in order to be sure of the safety and comfort of spawning fish, it is better to provide them with a separate aquarium and find out if they have a predisposition for cannibalism in order to avoid the death of their fry.
Aquarium pets, which are easy to maintain, pose no problem for responsible beginners in the water world. But the lazy owners of the aquarium will have to comply with the conditions necessary for the normal functioning of the fish, such as clean water and timely feeding, as this will depend on their lifespan.
Otherwise, even the most unpretentious fish will not be able to stretch for a long time.
The most unpretentious fish in an aquarium are viviparous, which originate mainly from the family of the petilium carpsaids. These fish breed independently in the general aquarium, and their fry are able to obtain their own food.
The most popular such viviparous unpretentious fish, like guppies, petilles, mollies, swordtails.
Almost all pezilliums have a mild disposition and get along with many kinds of small fish. For these representatives of viviparous, it is important to have a large number of shelters and thickets of plants in the aquarium, and they are not particularly sensitive to water parameters.
It is necessary to add only once a week 5 parts of water instead of evaporated liquid.
But what are the most common fish, unpretentious in the care and useful in the aquarium? Aquarium catfish are the best helpers in cleaning and cleaning from deposits and dirt in the aquarium.
As food they use the remnants of not eaten feed lying on the bottom and algae. Like labyrinth, aquarium catfish are able to breathe atmospheric air and do not require the presence of a compressor in the aquarium.
It is advisable to replace the water once a week 30% of the total.
Among all the species should be distinguished antsistrusov that are compatible with any fish and perfectly clean the aquarium, sticking to the walls of the tank. For all beginners it is recommended to purchase a pair of antsistrus, they will help the owner with cleaning the aquarium, reaching the most inaccessible places.
The most attractive among all catfish are corridors, the most peaceful are speckled catfish, and in large capacity, Taracatums will take root well.
For beginners, aquarium lovers are also recommended for keeping fish from the barbus family. The most unpretentious barbs – Sumatran, which are very mobile and have a bright striped appearance.
Aquarium Sumatran barbs can live in a small container, holding flocks and perfectly adjacent to any suitable size fish.
Other unpretentious barbs such as shark and clowns live in aquariums from 100 liters. And the smallest barbs such as cherry and dwarf are perfect for a mini-aquarium.
Most aquarium enthusiasts can afford to install aquariums of only small sizes. Such models, with a capacity of up to 100 liters, perfectly fit to the interior of the apartment.
Such small tanks are easy to maintain and require little cost, just like the small aquarium fish that inhabit them..
Fish farming is a fascinating and at the same time, a complex process, the main thing in which is the result, namely, the contemplation of the colorful living underwater world. The advantages of large aquariums in this sense are high, however, compact options can successfully perform this decorative function.
It all depends on how well you pick up its inhabitants – the smallest fish.
Among this type of aquarium pets barbs are widely distributed (Sumatran, fiery, dark-haired ruby, tiger), which prefer live food and grow to about 6 centimeters. They are quite unpretentious, but they should be purchased in pairs.
These smallest aquarium pets can not be settled with relatives of veil forms because barbs are able to nibble their fins.
See how live barbs look like.
The presence of the smallest aquarium fish – danio rerio or danio inle will be spectacular. These most active and very playful small schooling fish prefer live or dry food, and their size reaches 3 to 5 centimeters. Excessive mobility of waterfowl, unfortunately, is dangerous for them.
Often, danios jump out of their pool, so only closed aquariums are suitable for growing them.
Talking about the smallest fish for breeding, it is impossible not to mention the well-known neon. These smallest inhabitants of indoor ponds are famous for their amazing color, or rather neon luminous strip, which runs through the whole body.
Like all small fish, neons are schooling, so it is worth to settle them in groups of 10 pieces.
Look at the neon aquarium.
Whatever schooling fish you choose, it is very important to understand that their attractive colorful appearance and cheerfulness depend on you completely. It should be borne in mind that the minimum allowable amount of water for each instance can not be less than 3 liters.
Too many water dwellers will transform your source of inspiration and positive into a kind of “communal apartment” and not the best way affect their behavior. Maintaining an optimal temperature, a weekly water change of 20 percent, the presence of an aquarium filter, aeration and suitable food – these simple procedures will help you enjoy the contemplation of the brilliance of bright colors in the aquarium.
And here’s another great selection of nano fish – look:
Although the majority of small fish are rather unpretentious, leaving for the first time of their life will be troublesome. At first, water will need to be replaced frequently in order to stabilize the number of bacteria.
Standard water change should be done every 3-4 days, at the same time not less than a quarter of the volume should be updated.
Do not put such an aquarium near the window: the sun’s rays will provoke the growth of algae.
A few words about the form. When it comes to a small aquarium, most aquarists clearly state: just not round!
Curved walls in a small container strongly distort the image of the fish, and at the same time, a strong distortion of the external environment will also become a stress for the little fish. From a practical point of view, it will be very difficult to clean glasses of this shape.
There are a few simple rules for choosing small fish in small aquariums. All of them take into account both the peculiarities of the fish themselves and the specificity of a small volume of capacity.
- Do not purchase predators for a small aquarium, no matter how miniature they are. And in general, turning to the pet store for a choice of fish, be sure to check the size of the adult.
- No matter how much you want luxury and exclusivity, you’d better not stop your choice on expensive fish. Small aquariums are very unstable in terms of temperature, and fragile, expensive specimens are usually the most sensitive to such fluctuations, for them the slightest change will be fatal.
- Too many fish are also wrong. There is a classic rule here: there should be at least 3-5 liters of water per fish of about 5 centimeters in size.
- Pick a similar nature of the species. If you move mobile and very calm fish together, there will be no balance in the aquarium. Some of its inhabitants will experience extreme stress. Naturally, it is absolutely not necessary to settle territorial fish in a small aquarium together with other species.
- The best option for a small aquarium – the neighborhood in the water layers. Some of the fish may belong to bottom species, their neighbors – to enjoy life in the middle layers. With them you can also inhabit the species that prefers to inhabit the surface.