Small colorful freshwater tropical fish

Brightest Fish In Small Aquaria.

IMO tetras. They come in all colors and sizes. Just make sure that you don't put fin nippers in with big fined ones.

No freshwater fish other than certain African Cichlids will come close to the kind of colouring and brightness of certain saltwater fish, although some of the more colourful IMO would be platies, Male guppies, Neons and some of the dwarf cichlids such as German Blue Rams and Cockatoo's. The closest I've kept would be demasoni Cichlids.

I feed a variaty of food

by LadyGamer

When I go on vacation I toss a fun mix of all sorts of foods. Bloodworms I hear are great for color. There's another type of small worm they dry in a cube my fish always love (don't remember the name off hand lol) You can get them dried or frozen. There is also a lot of good mixed flake foods out there. Tropical is the one you're looking for.
I also occasionally feed frozen food. I got a "Lunch Box" of all sorts of stuff to feed. I'll take a glass of tank water, dump some frozen stuff in to thaw, then toss it all in the tank. Fish go NUTZ over the stuff.
The brand of flake that I feed has a yellow bottle with a red top and a picture of colored flakes on the front in a circle

Sick betta

by Skivvy

You're right, loss of color and lethargy are signs of illness. However, they can mean a lot of things.
First, I would take the advice of previous posters and buy some water conditioner that neutralizes chlorine and chloramines. Personally, I'm a fan of Prime (a small bottle will last you forever, since it's highly concentrated), but any conditioner should do.
Have you ever had your water tested? Most fish/pet stores will do this for free. You can also buy testing strips/kits so you can do it at home as often as you like. Testing your water will tell you levels of ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, pH, hardness, and alkalinity

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