Nothing is more exciting than getting your fish tank set upand then finally going to pick out your first fish! However, there are a few tropical fish species that you should definitely resist the urge to purchase. They might look super awesome right now, but you won’t be thinking about how sweet they are when they’ve cracked your fish tank, or eaten $100 worth of your other fish.
Fish That Should Never Set Fin In Your Tank
Here’s a quick list of the ones that are almost guaranteed to give the beginner a lot of frustration and fish problems along the way.
1. Pacu. I cringe every time I walk into a large chain store and see these guys being sold. They might start out really cute and small, but you’re going to be in for a big surprise if you bring one home. Those little quarter-dollar fish have the potential to max out above two feet. Aside from growing like weeds and becoming massive tank busters, Pacu are also a tropical fish species that schools. Can you imagine trying to fit six 2-foot monsters in a 55 gallon fish tank? Not even a possibility, so please don’t try it!
2. Red-tail Catfish. RTC are another one of those giant river monsters that a lot of unsuspecting beginners get suckered into. They’re a very attractive fish when they’re small, but unless you have a swimming pool in your back yard that you’re willing to donate to your child-sized catfish just turn around and walk away. There are plenty of other beautiful catfish species out there that stay within a manageable size.
3. Tiger Shovelnose Catfish. TSC are absolutely adorable as little babies with their duck bills and tiger stripes, but please don’t let that fool you. These guys don’t get as large in length or girth as RTC, however they still are not a good beginner catfish. Most of the ones that I have seen that actually made it to adult-hood are either severely stunted or have a pretty nasty case of gill curl.
4. Iridescent Sharks. You’ll find these guys littered at almost all of the large chain stores – they’re also found under the name of Pangasius catfish. These are another one of those tank busters that truly live up to the name. Pangasius cats very nervous, active cat fish when they are small, who then grow up to be a very LARGE, nervous tropical fish species – Provided that they actually survive until they are several feet this makes a truly formidable fish vs. your fish tank glass. Most don’t even hit the one foot mark because of the damage that they inflict on themselves with their skittishness.
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