For many years, the beginners fish of choice has been the goldfish in a coldwater fish tank.  Generally thought of as easy to keep, goldfish are both hardy and inexpensive.

However tropical fishkeeping is appealing more and more to the beginner, mainly due to the variety of fish to choose from. Supported by the improvements in fishkeeping equipment, it has become much easier for beginners to start with a tropical fish tank.

When considering equipment, there is only one main difference between coldwater and tropical, a heater.  Tropical fish tend to come from warmer climates and need the water inside the fish tank to be somewhere near to what it would be in nature.

The selection of fish available in a tropical fish tank is far greater than in a coldwater one, so it is easier to find compatible fish, particularly when you are looking for those that are smaller in size.

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