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Caring for Guppies, Goldfish, and More

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By: Molly Schwichtenberg

Becoming a fish owner can be a rewarding experience. You may think that fish require little attention, but knowing the proper techniques to care for them is extremely important. There are many different types of fish that you can find at a local pet store to adopt including gold fish, betta fish, guppies, and tetra fish. When learning to care for your new fish, it's important to know what type you are dealing with and what specific things they need to survive and grow.


Goldfish are known to be one of the most common types of aquarium fish. This is why many people adopt them as pets. Goldfish can vary in color, size, and shape. Some of the most common colors found in goldfish are orange, yellow, white, red, brown, and black. Caring for goldfish can be relatively easy, but there are a few tips to consider to make sure they are happy and healthy.

Betta Fish

Betta Fish are also referred to as Siamese Fighting Fish. They earned that name by being one of the most territorial types of fish. If more than one betta is places in the same tank, especially males, they will more than likely become extremely violent and fight with each other. Bettas are known for their bright and vibrant color patterns.


Guppies are another common tropical aquarium fish. Other names they are called by include millionfish and rainbowfish. They are one of the best beginner fish for pet owners or hobbyists to start off with. Their colorful bodies add excitement to the tanks, they are cheap, and pretty easy to care for as well.

Tetra Fish

Tetra fish or Neon Tetra fish are another common aquarium fish. It is extremely popular among fish hobbyists because of their vibrant colors. The name tetra came from the unique shape of their teeth. They have quite a long life expectancy living for about 5 to 10 years on average.

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