Watching fish has been shown to lower blood pressure and effectively reduce stress. Here are some good starter fish for your aquarium.
Put a few of these Beauties in your Aquarium
It’s common knowledge that watching tropical fish swim in a tank helps to reduce stress and lower blood pressure much like stroking a cat or dog. So if you have decided to stock your own fish tank, according to Maestro here are some good options.
The breeds that he has selected will eat easily found fish food and were particularly bred for aquarium life. He does not recommend trying to catch fish yourself and trying to adapt them to being kept inside as they may not be as hardy.
For further tips in setting up your salt water aquarium and acclimating your fish to their new surrounding Doctors Foster and Smith have set up a web page with tips.
This fish is called a Banggai Cardinal (Pterapogon kauderni). Now if that is not a challenge for my spell checker, I don’t know what is! This slow moving beauty is delightful to watch. This breed will remain small, growing to approximately 3 inches, and if you are fortunate enough to get a pair, you may soon have a family. The proud father carries the eggs in his mouth to keep them safe until “delivery.”
They do well in a temperature of 75-85 Fahrenheit, and enjoy a home where there are rocks to hide behind. They do not like water with a high current, and will eat shrimp or small fish. Without the proper food there breeding will decrease considerably according to breeder, Frank Marini. He commonly referred to them as Banggai cardinals.
The Blue/green Chromis (Chromis viridis) has such a beautiful tranquil color that I could watch this fish for hours. These fish reach between 2 to 3 inches in length, and Maestro recommends starting with five or more at a time, as they can be aggressive to one another.
The preferred temperature of this fish is 72-78 Fahrenheit. He not only looks peaceful, but is peaceful according to Doctors Foster and Smith of LiveAquaria.com. He has been designated as a damsel fish, but unlike the other damsels can be kept with almost any other type fish, invertebrates, and corals. A variety of vitamin enriched food will keep his colors vibrant and he may live between 8 to 15 years.