Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Mar 21, 2016
After reading a number of books on the subject we set up a large aquarium in our dining room with all the necessary equipment to keep tropical fish; light, heater, aerator, filter etc… After about a week, once the water temperature and chemicals had settled, we introduced a half dozen neon tetra. A month later, when we had proved to ourselves we could keep fish, we purchased eight fantail guppies.
The pet shop advised that these were excellent starter fish as they were resilient and generally easy to care for, as well as being colourful. Over time we added an assortment of other tropical fish to the aquarium with varying degrees of success. They were not an aggressive fish but at the same time did not seem to be troubled when we introduced new species.
By far, the guppies were the most suitable for us. Not only were they probably the easiest to keep but they also kept on breeding despite the fact the tank was not set up for fish breeding. We never had to replace our initial stock of guppies unlike the other fish we kept. Our children were fascinated by the tropical aquarium and it was very soothing to watch the bright colours of the fish in the glow lights, especially in the evening.
From my experience, I would say they are an excellent choice of fish for beginners and people who do not want a high maintenance stock of fish.