Looking to take the next step? Why not try a community aquarium?

One of the factors often overlooked when choosing fish for a community aquarium is the level at which the fish prefer to swim. Choosing fish that prefer swimming at different levels will result in a far more attractive aquarium, while at the same time assuring that your fish will not have to compete for space, food or territory. This results in a happier community, and a more visually appealing tank.

Here are some fish species to consider:


These are an active and colourful addition to any community tank. Not all are peaceful, and some can grow quite large, so we suggest doing some research before purchasing.


These hardy fish and are active schoolers with no special requirements. Great for beginners.


Loach species make an interesting addition to your community aquarium. These are best kept in groups.

Rainbow fish

Rainbow fish are strikingly colourful and are a great schooling fish. They are often overlooked as community fish, partly because the juveniles are normally not intensely coloured. Once grown they display their impressive adult colouration, which rivals that of most other fish.

Corydoras Catfish

Cories are small, peaceful catfish, which are ideal for the community aquarium. The commonly available species are generally hardy and are very affordable.

Sucking Mouth Catfish

These species are great as part of your “clean-up crew”, because they will eat algae, and any uneaten food particles, and are an excellent addition to any community tank.

For more information, head to your local Petbarn store to find the right fish best suited for your community tank.