Rosy Barb is also known by other name red barb, they are hardy undemanding and good to watch because they are constantly move. this makes them a good choice for a beginners hobbyist.
they are one of the larger barb species and would need at least a 20 gallon of tank they can reach length up to 4-6″. they can live up to 5 year with proper maintenance and upkeep. and can with stand change in water parameters. like other barbs they also nip on the fin of slow moving long finned fishes. it is therefore necessary to consider to active fishes as their tank mates.
they are omnivorous and would generally accept all kind of food it would be appropriate to feed them twice or thrice day. keeping in mind that the food is consumed with in three to five minutes and any extra food is removed. this rule of removing the extra food is applicable in most variety of aquarium fishes but in case of tiger barb over feeding could adversely affect their health.
Partial water change of 25-50% every week would be recommended if the tank is not densely stocked.
It would be appropriate to have school of 6-7 or more Rosy Barb in a minimum of 15 gallon aquarium. in case of Rosy Barb more fishes would make them more comfortable. the filtration system needs to be a high quality without creating much water turbulence as these fishes prefer slow water movement.
it would be appropriate to keep smaller size fish or larger size fish in the community tank along with Rosy Barb as small fishes may become target of their fin nipping habits and stressed. these fishes are skilled jumpers it would therefore be necessary to secure the aquarium by covering it.
Mollies due to their size are accepted by beginners but they are popular with experienced aquarist too on account of their undemanding, brightly colored and good temperament. There is a unique variety amongst mollies called the Balloon Molly. This fish was bred to be extremely short and round. The breeding causes an unnatural curvature of the spine. Unfortunately, this has been known to cause a great deal of internal organ damage and can shorten their lifespan dramatically. They can grow upto 8 inches, however, in aquarium their sizes are generally less than 8 inches.
The variations amongst the mollies are identified by their fins like the Common or Short-finned Molly, the Sailfin or Topsail Molly, and the Mexican Sailfin Molly, also called the Giant Sailfin Molly.
One of the most common and appreciated ones are the Black Molly, a striking fish with pure jet black coloration. You will also find Mollies in other colours like white, orange, rust, silver, black, green, gold, and combinations of some or all of these.
You don’t need an oversized tank to house Molly fishes, small or medium size tank will be just fine. However, it is recommended that a 20 gallon tank is used to house mollies.
They are live bearers and they give birth live fries unlike other fishes who lay eggs.
The Average life span of molly is about 3 years and if adequate care is taken they can live longer.
They are hardy fishes but the water parameters have to be maintained to give Mollies good environment. It is suggested to keep three female to every male in order to avoid pursuit of a mate by males. Mollies are brackish water fish and it is advisable and to keep them in brackish environment. It is advisable to add one teaspoon per gallon of salt to maintain brackishness / salinity of water, which would improve the overall disease tolerance capability of mollies.
Though Mollies are omnivorous, but it is advised that they are feed high herbivorous content.
Mollies are better kept in limited numbers and the tank should not be overstocked. Any impact on account of built up of ammonia may severely and adversely affect the health of mollies. It is recommended that water change to the extent of 25% to 30% is done every week. In case the aquarium is large the partial water change can be done fortnightly or even monthly. Good filtration system will essential to maintain the water parameters. You could use filter or external filters as mollies are not comfortable in heavy water movements.
The compatible tank mates for mollies ideally would be mollies or other members of the life bearer family. Mollies are known for fin nipping habit but they themselves have extensive fins therefore it is advisable not to keep fin nipper like tiger barbs as tank mates.
The size of the Black Molly on display is roughly 1.5 to 2.5 inches.
Black Tetra is also known by other name black widow or black skirt tetra.
They grow up to 2 inch and have a life span of 6-7 years depending upon care and maintenance. this fish is extremely good choice for any beginner hobbyist as it is very robyst and tolerant to wild variety of water condition, it’s a very hardy fish and on account of their exception active nature they are not appropriate choice and tank mates for passive and shy inhabitants as they are constantly on the move and can harass others in the tank which could cause problem in shy varieties of tank mates.
They are omnivorous and would eat anything that they are fed twice or thrice a day.
Partial water change of 25% every week would be recommended if the tank is not densely stocked.
It would be appropriate to have school of 7 or more Black widow tetra in a minimum of 15 gallon aquarium. in case of black tetra more fishes would make them more comfortable. the filtration system needs to be a high quality without creating much water turbulence as these fishes prefer slow water movement.
it would be appropriate to keep similar size fish or larger size fish in the community tank along with black widow tetra as small fishes may become target of their fin nipping habits and stressed. these fishes are skilled jumpers it would therefore be necessary to secure the aquarium by covering it.
The good compatible tank mates are similar size tetras rainbow fish, larger rasboras, barbs and some dwarf cichlid, danios since they are hardy fish in a well maintained aquarium their health would not be of any issue.
Gouramis broadly fall under to broad category namely dwarf gourami and large gourami, the primarily different between the two is the size, various varieties exists in each category, namely dwarf gourami, red fire dwarf gourmi, neon blue dwarf gourmi, kissing gourmi, the sparkling gourmi, Flame dwarf gourmi, pearl gourmi, chocolate gourami, power blue dwarf gourmi, Honey dwarf gourami, gold gourami & Giant Gourmi many of these gouramis are known by other names and you can contact aquasovi for ascertaining the details.
Gouramis are capable of breathing oxygen directly from atmosphere and for this reason they are categorised under labyrinth fish. this makes them highly suitable for aquarium because in case of oxygen level being down in the water, they can gulp care at the surface of the water. you will often notice bubble on the top of the water as is visible in the betta fish.
Gourami fish can comfortably survive in small aquarium but it is recommended to have minimum of 10 gallon aquarium for a gourami fish. it is perfectly suited for those who have purchased the new aquarium and have no previous knowledge to fish keeping. it is undemanding and fairly easy to keep since these fishes are not aggressive, they can be kept in community aquarium, gouramis would prefer and aquarium and with lot of hiding place as they tend to get stress easily, certain species who are fin nippers like guppies, and other labyrinth fish like betta should be avoided.
The average adult size is around 5-6 inches with proper upkeep these fishes could live beyond 4-6 years. since these fishes are very hardy and undemanding they are good choice for beginners.
Gouramis are omnivorous and would generally accept any kind of food but it is advised to give them balanced food even vegetable can be offered to them. they are to be fad once or twice a day.
It is important to keep water movement in the tank minimal as agitation on account of water movement can stress them and which could bitromatic to gouramis and ideal tank mate of gourami would be peaceful and similar or smaller size fish like harlequin rasbora, you could also consider small loaches, smaller catfish and rainbow fish as its tank mates. you need to stickily avoid none fin nippers like barbs, guppies etc.