Step 1: You will need
- A fish retailer, with a good selection of fish to choose from
- and an aquarium. Watch VideoJug's film "How to set up a tropical fish tank"
Step 2: Deciding how many
The type and number of fish you can keep will depend on the size of your tank. An easy formula for calculating how many fish you can keep is to multiply the length of the tank by the width to get the surface area, and then divide this number by 30. For example, a tank length of 90cm multiplied by a width of 30cm equals 2700 square cm of surface area. Divide this by 30 and you get 90. This means the tank can hold tropical fish with a total length of about 90cm.
Step 3: Different types available
There are a vast number of tropical fish species available for keeping in aquariums. Some of the most popular species include:
Siamese Fighting Fish and of course the iconic Angelfish.
Some of the larger and more specialised varieties include Pufferfish, Arowanas and Piranhas, which have a fearsome reputation. Watch VideoJug's film called 'How to care for Piranhas'.
When placing aquarium fish of different species in the same tank together, known as a community tank, it is important to choose species that are known to be compatible and will not eat each other.
Well chosen fish will live together in harmony and will create a stunning aquarium display.