Our Freshwater Community Starter Fish packs are designed to add a colorful variety of fish into your aquarium, whether you are starting a new freshwater community or adding new schools of fish to your existing aquarium. While these fish tend to be very hardy and easy to care for, please bear in mind that every tank must go through the Nitrogen Cycle process. While a tank is "cycling", the water chemistry will go through several changes; cloudy water and/or fish losses are common during this time. Adding new fish to an existing aquarium can also affect the stability of the aquarium. Acclimate all new additions and monitor your water chemistry carefully.
The 55 gallon Freshwater Community Starter Fish Pack contains the following:
Pack Pricing is only available when packs are purchased in full. The component of these packs cannot be modified or substituted.
Many tropical community aquariums are populated with tetras, rasboras and other similar schooling fish. Though these fish are rather small, their pleasant temperaments, the schooling behaviors they exhibit and a vast variety of colors and shapes make them popular in the hobby. They can grow anywhere from a few centimeters to a few inches, and can add movement to a freshwater fish tank. Most of these fish are fairly easy to care for and have similar water chemistry and care requirements.
Tetras are probably the the largest group of fish offered for community aquariums. They can be distinguished from other schooling community fish by the small adipose fin present between the dorsal fin and the tail. Tetras include small species such as the vibrant neon and cardinal tetras to much larger and more robust species like Buenos Aires Tetras and Congo Tetras.
Danios are commonly recommended as “starter fish” and dither fish. They are fast and active swimmers and they like a long tank to swim in. Danios have interesting markings and are generally hardy and peaceful.
Rasboras are actually small members of the carp family. These schooling fish can be very colorful and are popular for community tanks.
These fish prefer aquariums with plenty plants and ornamentation to explore, but also need plenty of open space to swim. They can be fed commercial flakes, granules and small pellets as a staple diet, with occasional feedings of meaty frozen or freeze dried treats such as bloodworms, plankton, mysis or brine shrimp. They prefer to be kept in groups of six or more to school and feel secure.
Make sure your water is in very good shape. Try to match the store water as best you can before introdicing. These fish are young and sensitive. I recommend a smaller tank (I used a ten gallon "incubator") to start then swap 10% with an established daily to acclimatize them for a week or two. Preferably two weeks to be safe. It is a great top & mid swimmer package for visual effect. Don't just toss them in a "new" tank without some precaution or you will lose some.
Watch the Zebras! 2/21/2013
I bought this started pack a few weeks ago for a newly cycled aquarium. For the most part I have absolutely no complaints. However watch the Zebra Danio's! I had no idea that these little fish could be so aggressive! Three days into the new tank one of my Rasbora's, the smallest one, had lost an eye. This little fish was frequently attacked by the smallest of the Zebra Danios, I suspecion that the Zebra knocked the eye out. The Rasbora is doing fine. Next day I have a Serpae Tetra with a broken and bloody jaw. The little Zebra Danio is aggressively going after him, hitting him from all angles. I had to remove that little guy to a hospital tank but unfortunately he died. I've read that Danio's in small schools can be a bit aggressive and be fin nippers. This guy is off the chart! Thinking about moving him and his buddies to a tank of their own and having no Zebra Danios in this tank. Just a word of caution. Other than that, this collection is very enjoyable and perfect for a good size tank of 50-55 gallons.