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10 Best Freshwater Aquarium Fish For Beginners | Home Aquaria
I just thought I'd let you know what I think about your new fish adventure. I'm not a fish expert by no means but let me tell you what I do know. I've had bettas all throughout highschool (which wasn't too long ago). If the room you're going to keep them in is warm, then you really dont' need a heater. I've had betta do well in as cold as 69-70 degrees. Just, try to make sure the water temperature doesn't flucuate and of course, some do better than others in cooler water. I've had the best results with bettas when i've kept them a little warmer than that. I find with bettas, even though they are pretty they tend to get kind of lazy. I had a heater once with one of mine and even with regulated warm water he was always on the sluggish side. I would think that for a little boy having a tank with a few fish in it would be so much more fun becuase they're always so busy.
I myself have a 5 gallon tank. Let me tell you, they're a little trippy to get started with. I thought the water would be fine but it really took about 4 weeks to really have ideal water temperatures. I have 3 green barbs and this one orange coloured barb in my tank, along with a rock shrimp. Lots of people will tell you that my tank is overpopulated but the fish seem to be having a great time. Now that the water quality is good, they are all happy and look very healthy. So, for CHristmas, it might be a good idea to get the tank before Christmas and have it in a hidden place but get the water circulating and cycling before Christmas morning. That way, Santa can bring some fish that will survive in the tank. I know from experience that your son will not want to get the tank and wait a week before adding in some cute little fish to it. I also know that it's disappointing to wake up two days after you buy your first fish and to find them floating (or sinking because of ammonia poisoning). DOn't be scared, fish are easy to take care of once the tank has cycled. It sounds like you're well on your way.
P.S. I love barbs. I don't find that the four of them are aggressive at all. They play and swim around and seem to have fun but they don't eat each other and they don't pick on the rock shrimp either. I think something like that would give your son lots of things to look at in the tank. The shrimp is really fun to watch when he goes 'wandering'. Have fun!
Beginner's guide to setting up your first aquarium - Aquarium Info
The tank is an excellent and one of the best choices for a tropical tank or saltwater tank. It’s a really nice starter tank kit and it deserves to be the first place on this list. This kit comes with everything you will need to get setup including a filter, heater, water conditioner, and a fish net. The included filter has a five stage filtration system which helps to keep your water clean and contaminant free. With a large number of fish, a filter that is not adequate can be quite the headache.
An aquarium of at least 20 Gallons is recommended for beginners