Where To Research Fish?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by pasp475, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. pasp475Valued MemberMember

    I would like to know if there is a good website where I can go to research fish? I am cycling my 20 gallon tank, and I am trying to decide which fish I want. I looked on the petsmart website since that is the only store in my area that sells fish. But it seems to put the wrong information. The only website I have found so far is live aquaria.
  2. meyowmeowValued MemberMember

    I really think liveaquaria is your best bet! Very helpful when you're just starting. Just remember sometimes they are a little stingy on minimum tank size for some inhabitants. If you can't find info you are looking for this is a great resource too :) good luck!
  3. CulpritFishlore VIPMember

    seriously fish and planet catfish are great. liveaquaria is good too but not as good as seriously fish or planet catfish.
  4. :) fatcatfish (:Well Known MemberMember

    As Culprit said, Seriously Fish and Planet Catfish are pretty good resources to use.
  5. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    I agree, seriously fish is great
  6. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Seriouslyfish, fishbase.se, and planetcatfish are the reliable sources. Liveaquaria...............not a good resource
  7. justinmoValued MemberMember

    Liveaquaria is a good resource, but remember not to trust one site, I advise researching the fish through all the sites even including fishlore!
  8. vijay3242Well Known MemberMember

    Sometimes you can find odd and end sites around that are correct and can give opinions and hints. Aquarium tidings is a good place but not a lot of variety.
  9. BriggsWell Known MemberMember

    These are all great sites, but I would also say that you've found a great resource right here! Once you have a better idea of what you want, you can post a list and members with lots of experience are usually more than happy to discus the pros and cons of a stock list.
  10. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Liveaquaria is only good for seeing what types of fish there are in general. They give terrible advice, imo.
    Seriously fish is the best, in general.
  11. pasp475Valued MemberMember

    I am doing a fish less cycle, so no fish yet. Here are a list of fish that I like.
    Harlequin Rasbora
    Neon Tetra
    White Cloud Minnow
    Zebra Danio
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2017
  12. NavigatorBlackFishlore VIPMember

    Follow the rule of three.
    There is no good site. For all info, you need three different sources, minimum. You can then compare and see what looks like the more serious source.
    I'm lucky because I got into the hobby in the book era, with editors. Now, we have a lot of sites that 'mention' fish to sell heaters, filters or foods. The internet can be fierce on bad info though, so seek out specialist clubs as one of your sources. If I sell fish online and make a site that doesn't allow discussion, I can write any garbage. But if I post that garbage in a specialized catfish, Cichlid, killie or tetra club, I will get ripped if it is wrong. That's the closest we come to old school peer reviewed and edited info online.
    What it means is more work from the Internet, not less. It's strange how that happened.
    I would look at a couple of aquarist sites, but I always cross reference with a scientific site too. Fishbase is good. It will give you info on the natural habitat of the fish - the ultimate source of info.

    It still doesn't hurt to hit a second hand bookstore and have a look for one of the older aquarium books.
  13. AngelTheGypsyFishlore VIPMember

    Also steer clear of fish selling sites, like live aquaria, for information. Generally, if they are trying to sell you something, they will tell you what you want to hear.

    Sales sites are good for finding what's available.

    Planet catfish is a pretty reliable source on the basic info such as size, temperature needs, aggression, etc.

    Seriously fish and fishbase are good for the same type of info for all kinds of fish, but sometimes it's hard to find a fish on seriously fish, unless you know the scientific name. I couldn't find khuli loaches, for example, until I searched for the scientific name. But they call them khuli loaches...

    Then find the ones you like and come back here for advice
  14. pasp475Valued MemberMember

    I really like the harlequin rasbora.
  15. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Those would work in your 20.