Aquatic Fish

Top 5 Low-Maintenance Freshwater Fish for Beginners

Finding the right fish for your new freshwater aquarium might be a daunting task if you’re a beginner. What you really need is something that can withstand the elements, is inexpensive, has a unique design, and will attract attention. Though setting up and caring for an aquarium might be time-consuming, there are some fish that make the process much easier. Here are our top 5 recommended fish in no particular order for beginners that are low maintenance and would grow in your aquarium.

Types of Freshwater Fish

Are you a beginner in the world of raising pet fish? Having so many options available may seem overwhelming at first. In this article, we will discuss some species of freshwater fish that are suitable as pets for both novice and experienced aquarists (fish keepers).


You can usually find the beautiful beta fish in little bowls at your local pet store. They are very low maintenance, and their long, colorful fins can be any shade of red, purple, or blue. The only real problem with owning a Betta fish is that they must be kept alone because males would kill each other if they are kept together, and females are hard to come by in pet stores. They do not get along with other kinds of pet fish since other fish like to bite on their long fins.


Providing a large enough tank for your goldfish makes caring for them a breeze. Due to their excessive waste production, goldfish and other small aquarium inhabitants won’t last long in containers holding less than 10 gallons of water. And waste reduces the amount of oxygen in the water. There should be no more than one or two goldfish for every 10 gallons of well-filtered aquarium water.

Zebra Danios

Zebra danios are hardy fish that may be kept in aquariums of any size. The water in their tank should be kept at a consistent temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit, as these fish belong to the tropical family. Don’t get just one Zebra Danio—a school of five or more is far more entertaining. They are usually found in pet stores and get along with the majority of other peaceful tropical fish.

Platys and Swordtails

Due to their similar appearances and nearly equal requirements, platys and swordtails are included in the same category. These bright orange and red tropical fish are available at most pet stores. Place them in a 10-gallon aquarium with water kept at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and you’ll have no problems. And they’re perfectly happy to swim alongside any other kind of peaceful tropical fish. Platys and Swordtails are two fish that frequently breed in aquariums. Since they are livebearers, their fry (babies) begin swimming right after birth.


An additional hardy and low-maintenance fish option is the corydoras. They are a highly active kind of catfish and spend most of their time consuming any food scraps by swimming down the tank’s bottom. They are tropical fish and require a tank temperature of at least 72 degrees Fahrenheit to survive. They do well in tanks with a variety of tropical fish and appear to thrive in groups of at least three.

These fish are perfect for beginners because they are hardy, low-maintenance, and widely available at pet stores.

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