Top 15 Fish That Are Not for Beginners!

We always get to read about fishes which are easy to maintain for beginners but in this post, we are going to discuss the top 15 fishes which are not for beginners.

Only experts or people with good experience with fishes should keep in their aquarium.

Mentioned below are the top 15 fish that are not for beginners:

1. Angelfish (Pterophyllum Genus)

Angelfish is one of the most popular cichlids. The type of angelfish cichlids that are usually found in aquariums is PterophyllumScalare, which can be easily found in a variety of beautiful patterns and colors. However, these cichlids are not fit for little tanks.

2. Discus Fish (Symphysodon Genus)

Discus fish is one of the prettiest cichlids in the world. These are also known as the queen of cichlids. As compared to many other cichlids, taking care of this one can be a little difficult, and hence it is better that it is kept by experienced aquarists.

3. Electric Blue Cichlid (Sciaenochromis Fryeri)

Electric blue cichlids are very attractive fish due to their eye-catching color. The electric blue cichlid males are usually kept with multiple mating partners in order to avoid mating stress. The most ideal way to keep them is to keep at least 3 females with one male.

4. Convict Cichlid (Amatitlania Nigrofasciata)

Convict cichlids are aggressive in nature and should be kept in a single species tank. It is ideal to keep one pair in 30 gallons of water. However, you might need a much larger tank if you are planning to keep more than one pair.

5. Cockatoo Cichlid (Apistogramma Cacatuoides)

Cockatoo cichlid is another attractive and colorful cichlid fish. The male cockatoo cichlid develops a beautiful yellow-orange coloration during the breeding season. These are best kept in slightly acidic and soft water.

6. Peacock Cichlid (Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi)

Peacock cichlids are one of the most colorful cichlids out there. These come from Lake Malawi. Peacock cichlids are usually found in shades of blues, greens, reds, and yellows. These male peacock cichlids are known to be aggressive and territorial.

7. Yellow Lab Cichlid (Labidochromis Caeruleus)

The yellow lab cichlid is usually found in Lake Malawi and is also named African cichlids. Yellow lab cichlids are best kept in at least 30 gallons of water. Also, these tend to grow aggressive with time and won’t grow to their actual size if the tank is not big enough.

8. Oscar Fish (Astronotus Ocellatus)

Oscar Fish has a very unique appearance. These are one of the most commonly found cichlids out there. One pair of Oscar cichlid should be kept in 120 gallons so that it can reach its full growth. Although these are not very aggressive, they will eat smaller fish.

9. Frontosa Cichlid (Cyphotilapia Frontosa)

The Frontosa Cichlid is native to Lake Tanganyika. If you are planning to keep these cichlids, it is best that you keep them in a group of at least five fish. The water should be kept hard and alkaline.

10. Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis Bimaculatus)

The jewel cichlid is an African cichlid species. The jewel cichlids are aggressive in nature and should not be kept in community tanks. The jewel cichlids are very brightly colored and very aggressive in nature.

11. Venustus Cichlid (Nimbochromis Venustus)

Venustus cichlids originate from Lake Malawi. These cichlids are quite aggressive in nature and should be kept in a single specimen. Multiple females should be kept with one male Venustus cichlid.

12. Orange Zebra Cichlid (Maylandia Estherae)

The orange zebra cichlids are capable of growing over 5 inches in an aquarium and these too come from Lake Malawi. These are also very aggressive in nature and should only be kept by experienced aquarists.

13. Jaguar Cichlids (Parachromis Managuensis)

The jaguar cichlids come from freshwater habitats in Central America. These cichlids too are quite aggressive and territorial in nature.

14. Wolf Cichlid (Parachromis dovii)

The wolf cichlid is large cichlids that originate from Central America. These cichlids grow up to 72 cm and are very aggressive in nature. These fish species are also known to be very intelligent.

15. Jack Dempsey Fish (Rocio Octofasciata)

The Jack Dempsey cichlid can be found in the waters of central and north America. This cichlid has strong facial features unlike the other cichlids and is very aggressive in nature.

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