Any type of fish that lives in a warm climate is considered a tropical fish. If you would like to build a community fish tank, consider space constraints, temperaments, and aquatic coverage. Shopping for tropical fish that will be grouped together will be dependent upon these three things.
The Space Provided
Fish need plenty of room to move about their habitat. Some fish species will be more docile than others and may not swim as swiftly as other breeds. The size of a fish will also have a bearing on how much living space is needed. Purchasing a series of young, tiny fish may seem logical, but could eventually become a problem. If any of the fish species that you purchase will grow to be large in size, you may ultimately need to rehouse some of the tropical fish that you own.
An aquarium shopkeeper or pet store owner can guide you in choosing a suitable tank size for the amount of fish that you will be purchasing. Although your new fish tank may seem rather empty at first, based on the size of the young fish, you may soon be dealing with a fuller tank, once the fish have matured in size.
The Temperament Of A Fish
Tropical fish species will have varying temperaments. Some fish are more independent than others. There are also fish species that can be labeled as dominant or submissive. Knowing what types of behaviors certain species are noted for will help you select a suitable mix of fish that will integrate well together.
A meeker type of fish that typically swims in a group of similar fish should be provided with some companions within the aquarium that you purchase. Mild-tempered fish that are seen as a threat to more aggressive species may not be an easy target, as long as there is a group of these fish swimming around together.
The Aquatic Coverage
Many fish species seek privacy from one another. Providing plenty of aquatic coverage for your pet fish will deter aggressive behavior. The aquatic coverage will also aid in keeping your new fish collection calm and comfortable.
Learn about the natural habitats of the fish species that you plan on purchasing. Buy some authentic or artificial aquatic plants. In addition, consider purchasing some tunnels, logs, and other low-lying features for your fish to hide inside of. Place the aquatic materials and accessories in various parts of the fish aquarium.
If you'd like to learn more about tropical aquarium fish, visit a local pet store.