Colorful tropical fish list

Best Tropical Fish for Beginners

As a beginner, you want to choose the tropical fish that give you the best chance of success with your home aquarium. There is a lot to learn for the fish keeper who is just starting out, and picking fish that are easy to care for is important. You’re going to be worried about a whole array of new concerns like maintaining the right water parameters, choosing the best fish food, deciding which decorations are appropriate and whether or not live plants are a good idea. Adding in fish that involve complicated care and stocking requirements just makes things that much tougher.

In this article you’ll read about ten of the best topical fish for beginners. They’re great options when just starting out, but many advanced fish keepers enjoy them as well. Good luck with your new tank!

Neon Tetra

Neons are among the most popular of freshwater tropical fish due to their tiny size and vibrant colors. They only grow about an inch or so long, so any aquarium 10 gallons or bigger makes for a suitable home. These little guys are schooling fish, which means you want to have at least six of them, preferably more. When their school is too small, or when the water is poor, they can get nippy at each other. Otherwise, they are an extremely docile and easy-to-care-for fish species, well suited to beginning and advanced fish keepers alike.


Swords are another pretty species that will grow to about two inches in length. They’re very peaceful, though fairly active. You can tell the males apart from the females by the elongated “swords” on their tails, hence their name. While these guys aren’t aggressive, you may notice the male relentlessly harassing the female. It’s just his way of showing swordtail love, but it can be fairly stressful for her. One solution is to have at least two female swordtails for every male. The male will still be pesky and bothersome, but at least the same female won’t be getting the brunt of his attention all the time.

Fancy Guppy

Guppies have tiny little bodies, and long, flowing fins. They come in many different vibrant colors, and a tank with several types of guppies in it really pops. They’re super active though, so if a calm, tranquil tank is what you’re going for these fish may not be for you. But if you like a lot of action and pretty colors in your aquarium you might even consider stocking it only with guppies. Be aware that they’re very small and, like neons, not a good choice if you have larger fish in your tank. They’re also livebearers, so if you do have a bunch of them be on the lookout for baby guppies in your tank one day!

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