Tips for Stocking Your Aquarium by Color
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated August 05, 2016
If you want a thriving, brightly colored aquarium then consider picking your freshwater fish by color.
When choosing the fish for your aquarium there are variety of different things to think about. Many aquarium hobbyists design their aquarium around a certain type of environment or they choose a specific grouping of fish. For example, you can an Amazon biotope tank using species native to the Amazon River and cater your tank to the water parameters naturally found in this environment. One thing that many aquarists do not think about when stocking their tank is color. If you want the brightest, most colorful freshwater tank possible, consider choosing your fish by color.
Popular Aquarium Fish Species by Color

Freshwater aquarium fish are typically not as brightly colored as tropical saltwater fish, but there are still some beautiful specimens out there. Below you will find a brief overview of some of the most colorful freshwater fish species divided by color:

Blue – Blue is a very common color in saltwater tropical fish but there are also many freshwater fish that exhibit bold and brilliant blue hues. Many betta fish, for example, exhibit deep blue colorations and there are several blue cichlid species as well. For example, the German blue ram, a smaller cichlid species, has bright blue spots on its body. These fish grow up to 3 inches in length and they can be kept with most community species in a lushly planted tank. Peacock cichlids are also blue in color, particularly Aulonocara nyassae, sometimes known as the blue peacock cichlid.

Another species that is known...


The Top 5 Shrimp for the Freshwater Aquarium
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated August 05, 2016
Freshwater shrimp make an excellent addition to your cleanup crew - keep reading to learn more about the top 5 species!
When you are thinking about stocking a freshwater tank, your mind probably cycles through pictures of brightly colored fish – maybe even a Plecostomus to help keep algae levels under control. What many aquarium hobbyists fail to consider is the value of shrimp in the freshwater aquarium. Not only can freshwater shrimp be brightly colored and beautiful to behold, but they serve a very important role in the tank as well – they are scavengers, helping to clean up after your fish and improving the water quality in your tank. If you are thinking about adding freshwater shrimp to your tank, consider one of the top five species discussed below.

Introduction to Aquarium Shrimp

Freshwater shrimp come in a variety of sizes and colors with some being more adaptable to aquarium life than others. It is also important to note that some species of shrimp are best kept in tanks without fish because some fish prey on shrimp and other small invertebrates. If you can find a pairing that works well, however, you may be able to house shrimp and fish together in your tank. Just be sure to provide your shrimp with the food and water conditions they need to thrive and do your research ahead of time to determine what those conditions are.

When it comes to customizing your tank for freshwater shrimp, water quality is your primary concern. Shrimp can be very sensitive to changes in water parameters so you want to keep the...


The Best Barbs for a Large Home Aquarium
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated July 13, 2016
There are many different species of barbs but some of them are better than others for the larger home aquarium.
 One of the benefits of keeping a large aquarium over a small aquarium is, of course, the fact that you can stock your tank with more and bigger fish. Many aquarium hobbyists ascribe to the “one inch of fish per gallon” rule which, though it is a little outdated and oversimplified, is a good rule of thumb to start with. Larger aquariums can accommodate larger fish and, for tanks 30 gallons and larger, barbs are a great group of fish to choose from when stocking your tank.

What Kind of Fish Are Barbs?

The fish known as barbs belong to the family Cyprinidae which they share with a number of other popular aquarium fish including rasboras, danios, and certain species of shark. Barbs are largely divided over two genera – Barbus and Puntius – though there are some exceptions. These are a type of ray-finned fish, so named because their fins consist of bony spines (called rays) which a fine webbing of skin stretched over them. Barbs come in a wide variety of different shapes and colors including the bright red Cherry Barb, the striped Tiger Barb, and the spotted Panda Barb. Each species of barb is unique in terms of its color and pattern, though all barbs share some common traits.

For the most part, barbs are fairly small, colorful, and active fish. Most barbs grow to a full size of 2 to 3 inches in length which means that they should be kept in an...

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