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Many people like to have fish for pets because they are low maintenance, and can be very relaxing to watch them swim. Most first time fish enthusiasts like to keep cold water fish, because they are cheap and most of the different types of these fish will get along together. These fish have some bright colors and have some very fancy fins, but they are mostly large goldfish, and eventually switch to tropical fish to get a larger selection of fish. But keeping tropical fish can be more trouble - the fish cost more and some of them are very aggressive and will eat your other fish. There are many different types of tropical fish for you to choose from, and they have a larger variety of colors than cold water fish.

The first thing you need to do is some reading before purchasing any fish for your tank. Reading about fish will give you an idea of what species of fish eat other fish, and which ones do not. It will also let you know which meat-eating fish will live with what other fish, and make it less of a risk that you are just buying one fish an expensive meal.

Cichlids are a type of fish that eat other fish but they are a school fish and prefer to be in a tank with other Cichlids, so you want all the other Cichlids to be about the same size.

Cichlids are a surface to medium depth fish. This means they will swim on the top and middle of the tank and will generally not go to the bottom of the tank for very long.

So many people with Cichlids will get a bottom swimmer to fill the tank out. A very popular type of bottom swimmers is catfish. There are many different fish in the species of catfish. Some of these fish are non-aggressive and do not get very big, but a fish like this may not be aggressive enough to be in a tank of Cichlids.

You may want to get a more aggressive type of catfish, but if you get a large one it will surely eat the Cichlids, and if it's too small the Cichlids will pick its eyes out.

Just remember that no matter how much you read each fish does have a personality of their own, and there is no guarantee that one fish will be friendly with another when you put them in an aquarium.

There is always the possibility that some of your fish will get eaten, but the only way to make keeping fish is to keep each fish in their own separate fish tank in the hope that this will keep them all safe - but this will not make for happy fish. With trial and error you will learn what fish can live with other types of fishes.
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