This page is a resource for anyone who owns or is planning to buy aquarium fish.
We have written profiles of many popular varieties commonly found in aquarium stores. Taking advantage of this information can help you choose and care for your aquatic friends.
Below the list of profiles is a short article about the different places to buy your fish from. At the end of the page there are further resources related to owning, buying and caring for aquarium fish.
When choosing aquarium fish there is an ever growing range to select from. Fish
breeders are constantly creating new variations of old favorites. New species
discoveries are being made and some of these also become new choices for home
Most fish for the aquarium are purchased at local retail stores. In such pet shops the choices may be limited to common varieties and stock standard species.
Dedicated aquarium fish shops usually carry some more exotic choices. They will keep a list of fish breeders who specialise in the unusual. These breeders may have just what you want at home in their fish tank
Some fish breeders will also advertise in local and internet classifieds. Such advertisements are an excellent source for inexpensive specimens.
Fish clubs and societies are perhaps the best source for scarce fish varieties. Many clubs will hold regular fish auctions open to the public. Some of the larger auctions will run well into the night leaving you spoilt for choice. Here you can also obtain quality fish inexpensively. Sometimes there will be an aquatic plant or two on offer also. If you have such a fish club near you these and many other reasons make them one of the best resources for stocking your fish tanks.
Many fish species will live together in the same community aquarium. Planting aquatic plants will allow some timid species to live in such aquariums also.