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What Are the Most Popular Tropical Fish Species?

Posted by on Jul 14 2021

When it comes to owning tropical fish, there are some fish breeds that are popular among first time fish keepers and fish-keeping pros alike. We talk through some of the most popular types of tropical fish for beginners and seasoned fish owners and what makes them each unique.


What Are Tropical Fish?

The first question you may be asking is what classes as a tropical fish and where do tropical fish come from? There are a number of answers to that question but the most simple is that it is all to do with the climate which the fish is from. Tropical fish can come from a variety of destinations but are often found in tropical rivers and seas near to the equator. Due to the diverse range of places tropical fish are from, they have grown to be able to adapt to a range of different environments which makes them an excellent choice for home aquariums


What Are Some of the Most Popular Tropical Fish Types?

One of the most appealing things about owning a tropical fish tank for fish-lovers is the sheer variety of tropical fish types that are available. Tropical fish come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours with the ability to have a number of different types living together harmoniously. These are some of the most popular types of tropical fish.


Best Tropical Fish for Beginners

If you are just starting out in the world of fish-keeping, these are some of the most popular tropical fish types for beginners.



When it comes to hardy tropical fish that are a joy to care for, Mollies are some of the most popular. There are a variety of different types of Molly, all easily available at any good aquarium stockists and they work well as part of a mixed tank due to their non-aggressive nature. They also love to clean so are great at nibbling away at algae in the tank.


Neon Tetra

Cute and brightly coloured, neon tetra are a favourite in beginner tropical tanks and experienced tropical tanks alike as they add a flash of colour and are a natural schooling fish so work great in community tanks. These features make them one of the most popular tropical fish of all the species.


Cory Catfish

No tropical fish tank is complete without some handy bottom feeders. Cory Catfish do an excellent job of cleaning the bottom of your tropical fish tank and can often be seen darting around the tank to give viewers something to look at whilst hoovering up any uneaten food during the day. 


Dwarf Gouramis

Recognisable by their shot of flame coloured patterns, dwarf gourami are a shy, easy to care for fish that can fit in with any tropical fish tank. As social fish, they should be kept in at least pairs in order to remain happy and they love to explore their tanks so be sure to house them in a suitably sized tank.


Harlequin Rasbora

Colourful and charismatic, Harlequin Rasbora are a brilliant addition to any beginner tropical fish tank and their relatively low price makes them one of the most popular types of tropical fish for fish-keepers of all abilities.


Caring for Your Tropical Fish

Choosing the type of tropical fish to keep in your aquarium is only the first step in becoming a responsible fish owner. Provide your tropical fish with the very best care using our specialist tropical fish and aquarium supplies. Take a look at the collection now here.

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