Something Fishy: 5 Unique Fish for Freshwater Tanks

collage of five unique fish for freshwater aquariumsDreaming of a cool design for your aquarium is fun! Once you have completed your unique aquarium design  you may want to consider some unique fish for your freshwater aquarium. We have some suggestions that would be fun and intriguing for you!

Five Unique Fish for Awesome Choices

Knifefis

Knifefis require a large aquarium because when properly cared for they can reach over a foot in length. Knifefis are perennial exotic favorites for home aquariums. Cool fact-Knifefis have a well-developed weak electrical organ that assists them in maneuvering dark waters of their South American homeland.

Bichir

Bichir should be housed with large, peaceful fish because they are opportunistic feeders. Bichir are primitive ray-finned fishes collected from Africa. They can breathe air and travel on land for short periods of time using their strong pelvic fins. You will want to include a tight fitting lid when setting up your aquarium and allow adequate bottom space.

Freshwater “Sharks”

Freshwater “Sharks” require hiding places, driftwood, and larger leaved plants. They have no relations to marine sharks, they are curious fish and would make an excellent addition to aquariums of the semi-aggressive type nature.

Eels

Fresh water eels reach up to approximately 24 inches or more! They adjust well to living their lives in captivity because they feed mostly on fish and crustaceans and they have a reputation in becoming very hardy inhabitants. You need to include plenty of space and hiding places for your eels and also you will need a large well-sealed lid.

Ageneiosus Atronasus

They are a species of the catfish family Auchenipterid. They are known to be found in the Amazonas Rivers. When considering Aquarium Design, ideally a soft, sandy substrate would be idea but not essential. Popular setups tend to feature dim lighting, driftwood, and scattered tree roots/branches. However, you decide to set up your aquarium be sure to allow for adequate swimming space.

Aquarium service is key and you will need to have an efficient filtration system.  Efficient filtration is essential this is primarily due to the predatory nature of this fish. Predatory fish leave large amounts of debris in the aquarium. Installation of one or more external canister filters and/or a sump system, organizing the return in such a way that it ultimately creates some surface movement and a degree of flow is created. Large catfish will provide you with a fresh water fish that are unique and interesting.

The fish as listed above are bound to be something that can make anyone’s tank unique and interesting. Remember to do your research before purchasing these fish and you will be set for a great adventure in your next project.

Artificial Plants: Top Aquarium Benefits

artificial plants for the aquariumIf you are considering artificial plants for your new aquarium installation, there are a few issues you need to review. Some people might debate the matter of live plants versus artificial ones, but if you are just beginning with the hobby of fish-keeping, choosing artificial plants can be more advantageous. There may be an impulse to consider live plants, but the beginner should take some time to learn the differences live versus artificial plants make.

Why Real Plants Can Be a Problem

Although live plants can add some good to the environment of a fish tank, for the novice fish-keeper there are some maintenance challenges involved. Live plants will require a specific type of bottom strata, as well as fertilizer. The chemicals of the fertilizer for the plants can become toxic toward the fish. Also, because they are alive, real plants will go through a life-cycle, shriveling and dying, and then they would need to be replaced. The maintenance necessary for live plants might be beyond the time and patience of a fish-keeping novice.

Benefits of Artificial Plants

There are several benefits in choosing to decorate the tank habitat with artificial plants.

  • No biological waste from the plants in the aquarium system
  • Over all, artificial plants cost less than live ones
  • No need for a specific substrata in the tank
  • No risks of carrying parasites
  • Artificial plants won’t be eaten by the aquarium residents

Selecting the specific type of artificial plant to use takes some consideration. Plastic plants will be very durable. But if you choose fish that have delicate fins, you need to make certain that the edges of the plants will not damage the fish. A simple test of the edges can be done by running stockings over the edge: if the stocking snags and tears on the edge of the plastic plant, you can assume that it would hurt the fish. The other alternative is silk plants. The silk plants would have a more natural movement in the water, as well as not having the cutting hazard.

Seek Advice

It’s always a good idea to seek advice when you venture into a new activity, such as keeping fish. There are many details to consider when setting up a new aquarium, such as the tendency of a fish to nibble on the plants, or the energy required to maintain live vegetation. The possibilities with artificial plants give you a wide range of looks from the brightly colored truly artificial plants to synthetic vegetation that can look natural and move easily in the water.

Contact the team at Aquatech Aquarium Services today for advice on how to design your new fish habitat, and then enjoy hours and hours of pleasure.