Looking for a gift that will last long after the holidays? Consider colorful fish – they bring comfort and delight and are perfect for most any living situation. Tanks come in a variety of sizes and fish add fun and activity to any room! Fish are also great for kids and adults alike.

If you’re new to the world of fish and fish tanks, you might be overwhelmed at all of the choices. We can help you narrow them down and choose the best items for beginners.

Start with fish that are hardy, easy to take care of, and small. Usually, small fish are easier to care for than larger fish. You also have a better chance of getting small fish to co-exist with one another, especially if you want to have a community tank with numerous amounts of fish. You’ll also need to decide whether you’ll have a cold water or warm water tank. While some cold water fish can be mixed with warm water fish, this isn’t ideal—this can cause stress for your fish.

Cold water fish:

  • Goldfish: Probably the most popular cold water fish bought today. They’re not picky eaters, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Their ideal water temperature is between 62-74 degrees (F). They produce a lot of waste though, so you’ll need to do a weekly water change.
  • Bloodfin Tetras: these extremely hardy fish are small with silver bodies and striking red fins. They are active and peaceful and prefer to live in a group. Their ideal water temperature is 64-82 degrees (F).

For heated tanks:

  • Danios: these small fish are hardy and do well in a variety of conditions. They are active and small and prefer to be in a group near the surface of the water. They do well with flake fish food and are not picky eaters.
  • Black Molly: another peaceful fish that does well in groups. They can adapt to fresh, brackish and even salt water, with their ideal range between 70-82 degrees (F). One thing to be aware of—if you have a male and female, you could end up with babies.
  • Black Skirt Tetra: does best in a pair or a large group. They’re great eaters and will eat almost any type of food. They’re a peaceful fish who prefer to swim in the middle of the tank and prefer to have rocks, plants or other hiding places.

Essentials Fish Foods:

Now available at Pet Supermarket! New Essentials Fish Foods are available in 5 varieties – Goldfish Flakes, Tropical Flakes, Color Flakes, Betta Bites, and Algae Grazers. These wholesome foods have been formulated to provide proper nutrition and promote consistent growth, all while not clouding your water. Essentials Fish Foods are a great value as well. Find them at your nearest Pet Supermarket.

Aquarium Kits:

Aquarium kits make a great gift and are perfect for beginners! They come with all of the basics: lighting, filtration, heater, and thermometer – just add decorations, fish, and water! Complete aquarium kits are available in four sizes: 10 gallon, 20 gallon, 29 gallon, or 55 gallon.