Exotic Fish That You Can Take Care of at Home

Exotic fish are a great option for those who want a unique pet that’s safe and low maintenance. Aside from tank cleaning and regular feeding, these unique sea creatures don’t need much from their owners. These striking fish come in all sorts of colors, shapes, and patterns- what’s not to love?

Here are a few types of exotic fish that are relatively easy to take care of and act as a beautiful addition to your home.

Flowerhorn Cichlid

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These fish have a uniquely shaped bulbous head and boldly patterned scales. They often come in variations of red and white with a dark stripe along their side. Flowerhorn Cichlids have an inclination toward digging the substrate in their tank and enjoy uprooting the plants and accessories in their area. 

If properly cared for, Flowerhorn Cichlids should live for about a dozen years. A freshwater tank of around 70 gallons is recommended so that they have room to swim and grow. At their full size, they can be around 12-16 inches long. 

Red Tail Shark

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Red Tail Sharks are 6 inches long with a red-colored tail. These fish are a variant of a carp and require a freshwater aquarium. It’s best to give them extra space (at least 55 gallons) so that they don’t act out aggressively on other fish that cross into their territory.

Red Tail sharks are very active swimmers and will more than likely be found pacing the aquarium during the day. Because they don’t express their territorial aggression through biting, they will end up chasing around the other fish.

Zebra Plecos

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Zebra Plecos are gorgeous freshwater fish that make a bold statement in any aquarium. Their black and white zebra pattern makes them stand out from the rest, despite only growing about 3-4 inches at the height of maturity.

These fish prefer warm water with a neutral pH level in order to avoid illness. Recreating their habitat in the wild, sand and natural hiding spots is important for Zebra Plecos to feel safe and happy.

Neon Tetra

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Neon tetra are meant to be kept in a school of at least 15-20. They are tiny, eye-catching creatures that have a peaceable temperament that’s compatible with any other breed of fish. 

Because Neon Tetra are only around an inch and a half long, a 10-gallon freshwater tank is all that’s required to keep a small group of these fish content. Keeping lots of vegetation and wooden accessories in their tank will most accurately mimic their natural environment.

Exotic fish aren’t for everyone and often require special care, but with research and planning, you can incorporate them into a beautiful home aquarium.