Choosing Your First Fish For Your Tank
Popular fish such as guppies and neons, despite often being recommended, are actually some of the worst choices for your first fish. To choose the correct fish it is important to understand what the difference is between fish that will do well in a new tank and those that may suffer.
Qualities to look forThe first fish must be able to withstand the water quality fluctuations common in new aquaria and to resist diseases caused by stress. Equally important are the behavioural attributes; peaceful, social fish are often best although this does depend on the overall community. A factor often overlooked is the fish's ability to adapt to new surroundings, not in terms of water conditions but simply the type of décor and the present fish population.
Some fish, particularly large or active fish will quite happily settle into a tank with little décor and no tankmates. Other fish will find this distressing and despite perfect water quality will soon try to hide, stop feeding, and succumb to illness. Many fish use the fact that there are other fish in an aquarium as a sign that the environment is safe. So a good first fish species would be one that is hardy, disease resistant, sociable, adaptable, active and confident.