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Seahorse Fresh Water Life

Trust Seahorse Aquariums for the highest quality, healthiest freshwater tropical fish species in Ireland for freshwater fish tanks, aquariums and more. We've got a great selection of angels, plecos, cichlids, livebearers, tetras, and much more!

 

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West African Cichlids

West African Cichlids contains many species of fish. Please Note: The small (2" or less) African Cichlids are in their juvenile coloration and the sex of these fish cannot be determined. Looking for Lake Tanganyika or Lake Malawi Cichlids or South American Cichlids - Please see their own section.

Freshwater Angelfish

Freshwater angelfish come in a variety of colour forms and fin lengths. Through selective breeding programs, both standard fin varieties as well as veil fin varieties are available in many different colour forms. many types of aglefish at seahorse aquarium are all bred instore.

Barbs

Most barb fish are small, colorful, active and ideally suited for the community aquarium. Barbs are semi-aggressive fish when housed in the aquarium individually, so it is important to maintain each species in groups of six or more. This technique will minimize aggression towards more passive tank mates.

Bettas (Siamese Fighting Fish)

The Betta or Siamese Fighting Fish is one of the most popular aquarium fish. Over 100 years ago aquarists in the Orient began breeding Betta fish to emphasize color and finnage. The results of those efforts are readily seen in the beautiful variety of today's Bettas.

Catfish

There are huge amounts of different catfish. Named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat's whiskers. Most are bottom feeders and scavenge at the bottom of the aquarium.

Cory (Corydoras) Catfish

Cory Cats are some of the most peaceful and entertaining scavengers for a freshwater aquarium, and will thrive in a wide range of water conditions. These catfish are very energetic scavengers who remain relatively small. Because of this, they are perfect for keeping the substrate clean in a smaller freshwater community aquarium.

Danios/Minnows

Danios and Minnows are small, active schooling fish well suited for the community aquarium. These hardy fish are most often used to cycle a new aquarium, as they are more tolerant of a wide range of water conditions. Danios and Minnows are also used in aquariums to help bring more reclusive species out into the open.

Discus

Discus originate in the mixed tropical waters of the Brazilian Amazon River of South America. The Amazon and its tributaries contain water described as either white, clear or black. It is in the areas where these waters "mix" that Discus are found. Today, the Discus is a favorite among experienced freshwater aquarists and does very well in planted aquariums.

Gouramis

Most Gouramis are referred to as anabantoids or labyrinth fish. Dwarf Gouramis make a wonderful addition to the passive community aquarium adding brilliant color and diversity. Large Gourami fish species are very graceful swimmers that have unique coloration and color patterns, and work best in the semi-aggressive community aquarium.

Guppies

These hardy colorful guppy fish add excitement and brilliance to the passive community aquarium. Unique colour strains have been developed through selective breeding programs. Guppies stay small, under 2-1/2 inches in length, and will add interest and colour to the small community aquarium.

Hatchets

This small, unusually shaped passive fish looks as though it is flying through the water. Hatchets require soft water and excellent filtration and are a rewarding fish for the moderate to advanced aquarist. Hatchets require a tight fitting lid, as they are prone to leaping out of the aquarium when startled.

Killifish

Killifish are sometimes referred to as the "living jewels" of the fish world. Killies are very hardy making them a perfect choice for the beginning hobbyist. Killifish make a wonderful addition to any peaceful community aquarium, as they add a diversity of beautiful colour and form.

Koi Fish

Koi fish are specifically bred for both coloration and form. The ideal environment for koi is a pond of at least 1000 gallons with plenty of cover and adequate filtration. Koi are very resilient fish that can survive in a frozen pond, provided a hole is maintained in the ice with an airs tone or floating heater for gas exchange.

Lake Malawi Cichlids

Lake Malawi Cichlids contains many species of fish from the Lake Malawi in Central Africa. Please Note: The small (2" or less) African Cichlids are in their juvenile coloration and the sex of these fish cannot be determined. Looking for Lake Tanganyika or West African Cichlids or South American Cichlids - Please see their own section.

Lake Tanganjika Cichlids

Lake Tanganyika Cichlids contains many species of fish from the Lake Tanganyika in Central Africa. Please Note: The small (2" or less) Cichlids are in their juvenile coloration and the sex of these fish cannot be determined. Looking for Lake Malawi Cichlids or West African Cichlids or South American Cichlids - Please see their own section.

Loaches

Loaches are active bottom dwelling scavengers ideally suited for the community aquarium. Loach fish consist of some of the most popular of all tropical fish, adding colour, interest, and beauty to any larger community aquarium. Loaches are semi-aggressive fish when housed in the aquarium individually, so it is important to maintain each species in groups of six or more to minimize aggression.

Misc. Fish

With such a diverse amount of species of Freshwater fish there has to be a Miscellaneous section. Please if interested in any of these fish you must look up the care required for each fish. Each have their own behavior and specific requirement to be kept in a home aquarium.

Mollies

Mollies are very versatile fish having the unique ability to live in both freshwater and saltwater if acclimated slowly. Just like other livebearers, mollies are easy to breed, and make fascinating fish for the seasoned aquarist. These fish will add drama and contrast to the semi-aggressive aquarium.

Platy

Platies are hardy and colorful fish that make a wonderful addition to the passive community aquarium. Platies are easy to breed, and new color varieties are developed through selective breeding programs. Platies make a perfect addition to the aquarium for the novice to expert alike.

Plecos

Plecostomus or Plecos are members of the Loricariidae family of suckermouth catfish and have specially adapted mouthparts, enabling them to attach to substrate. Most Plecos are peaceful fish and prefer to rest or slowly graze over the aquarium bottom, and do an excellent job of cleaning unwanted algae from the bottom and sides of the tank.

Rainbowfish

The name Rainbowfish is derived from the amazing iridescent colorations that change when light reflects off of these fish. These hardy, active fish do well with a variety of community fish. A schooling fish, Rainbowfish prefer to be in groups of six or more fish of the same species.

Rasboras

Rasboras are small, peaceful schooling fish that are well suited for the smaller planted community aquarium. These colourful, hardy fish fare best in groups of six or more fish. Rasboras are rewarding fish when maintained in the planted community aquarium, displaying beautiful colouration, and unique colour patterns.

Freshwater Sharks

Freshwater Sharks prefer aquariums that contain several hiding spaces, along with driftwood and larger thick leaved plants. No relation to marine sharks, these curious fish make a wonderful addition to the semi-aggressive aquarium by adding a great deal of personality and character.

South American Cichlids

South and Central American Cichlids are a diverse group of fish often referred to as New World Cichlids. American Cichlids are a hardy, easy to care for fish species that add brilliant colour to the freshwater aquarium. Looking for Lake Malawi Cichlids or West African Cichlids or Lake Tanganyika Cichlids

Stingrays

Each Stingray species is native to a single river basin, and the greatest species richness can be found in the Amazon River. River stingrays are almost circular in shape, and range in size from 25 centimetres to 1.5 meters.

Swordtails

Swordtails are hardy and colourful fish that make a wonderful addition to the passive community aquarium. Swordtails are easy to breed, and new colour varieties are developed through selective breeding programs. Swordtails add interest and colour to the passive community aquarium, and make a perfect addition for the novice to expert alike.

Tetras

Tetras are active schooling fish that work well in the peaceful community aquarium. It is ideal to keep six or more fish of the same tetra species in the aquarium. Tetras do best in a well-planted aquarium with moderate lighting.

Cold water fish will add drama and brilliance to your backyard pond or home aquarium with their wonderful personalities and intriguing patterns and colouration. Please ensure that all fish are in an aquarium. Pond or bowl includes filtration.

 

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Goldfish

Long, flowing fins, amazing colour patterns and prominent features differentiate these fancy goldfish from the common "Comet Goldfish." They do not grow as large as koi, making them a very popular fish for aquariums, smaller ponds and water gardens.

Invertebrates, which represent more than 95% of the known species on Earth, are animals without backbones. Diverse, interesting, colourful, and unusual, invertebrates make great additions to your home aquarium.

 

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Frogs

As a true aquatic species, the aquatic Frog makes a unique addition to the peaceful freshwater community aquarium. Frogs are easier to care for and best observed when housed in its very own aquarium. Frogs can easily become prey if kept with large fish and some frogs as well can eat fish once they get larger.

Dwarf Shrimps

Dwarf Shrimps in planted aquariums has been popular among planted aquarium hobbyist. Keeping dwarf shrimp can be fun, rewarding, and beneficial for the planted aquarium. There is quite a variety of dwarf shrimp availability of different sizes and colors for you to choose from.

Freshwater Snails

Freshwater Snails are an efficient scavenger ideal for smaller ponds and freshwater community aquariums. Snails are a popular choice for keeping uneaten food and algae in check. Peaceful and will not unexpectedly over populate your aquarium or water garden since these Snail is difficult to breed (impossible in freshwater!).

Improve the water quality of your freshwater tank while enhancing the natural beauty of your aquarium and providing shelter and security for your fish. All freshwater aquarium plants are care level categories with care information to help select the right plants for your aquarium.

 

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Difficult Aquarium Plants

These plants should only be attempted to be kept by the planting expert. Co2 will be a must for these plants and they will need extra care for them to flourish in the aquarium. Many of these plants will need extra additives in the water for them to grow and produce the correct colouration.

Easy Aquarium Plants

These plants will be able to be kept in a basic aquarium. They will grow in most any conditions and are the easiest plants to have in your aquarium. Lighting is not a major requirements for the plants and they will help with the quality of the water as well as make hiding places for your fish.

Hard Aquarium Plants

These plants should only be attempted to be kept by the planting expert. Co2 will be a must for these plants and they will need extra care for them to flourish in the aquarium. Many of these plants will need extra additives in the water for them to grow and produce the correct colouration.

Medium Aquarium Plants

These plants will be able to be kept if additives of plant food and fertiliser are added to the water. They will grow once these are available to them. Phosphate levels may need to be checked as well to make sure sufficient levels are available for the plant in the aquarium.

This section has items that don't fall in to the other categories. From Live food to treat your fish to sections with help for beginners to assist making a selection.

 

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Live Food

Live Food is the best food that you can give your fish. It is also the best way to introduce new fish to your aquarium that are finicky eaters to help them get started and eating Frozen or Dry food. We get regular shipments of Live food in at Seahorse Aquarium so its is always fresh.

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