Australian Native Fish For Aquarium

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Australian Native Fish for Aquarium / Tank:

Australian native fish includes a big collection of fish living in Australian water. Such species live in fresh to brackish water & moderate fish that can live in cold water aquariums. Many of them can be kept at homes in tanks & they can tolerate harsh water conditions. They are ready to devour most fish foods, & like to eat some frozen or live fish food.

Stuff you require to keep Australian native fish in tanks:
  • Large aquarium to have more space for fish
  • Fish food – From flakes, frozen to live food
  • PH Test kit for testing water
  • Aquarium filter for mechanical & biological filtration
  • Gravel cleaner for removing waste particles at the bottom of tank
  • Rocks & plants for a natural look, filtration & providing hiding spots for fish
  • Decorations & backgrounds for giving a fancy look to your aquarium
  • Aqua salt for increasing level of salt for hardness
River Murray Rainbowfish
River Murray Rainbowfish


Australian Native Fish:

Famous Australian native species contain a number of fish living in the wild such as Barramundi, Rainbowfish, Cod, Gudgeons, Tandanus Catfish & Saratogas. Barramundi, Cod & other big fish are not suitable for aquariums because they are larger in size & will devour other species. Blue-eyes is a specie suitable for aquarium.


Harvey Creek Blue-eyes:

It is one of the bigger kind of Pacific Blue-eye, that can have a size of up to 7 cm. Harvey Creek Blue-eye is an active fish & needs lots of water for swimming. They are happy to live in a small team with community inhabitants of similar size, & they are easy to keep in aquarium without caring too much about water conditions & food. They love to live happily in at least 19 Degree-Celsius aquarium temperature.


Harvey Creek Blue-eyes Price:

Price of Harvey Creek Blue-eyes is roughly around:

Average Size
Price
3.5 cm
$8


Pacific Blue-eyes:

This specie is available in fresh & brackish water, & are found in many of Australia’s Pacific coastline. Pacific Blue-eye live happily in groups & they are active & peaceful fish, & can be kept in harsh conditions. They like to live in small community in planted tanks with other mates similar in size. They prefer water conditions of over 13 Degree-Celsius. They attain a max. size of 4 cm.


Pacific Blue-eyes Price:

Price of Pacific Blue-eyes is roughly around:

Average Size
Price
3-5 cm
$2.50


Golden Eeltail:

Golden Eeltail has another name Hyrtl’s Tandan, & it is an active catfish found in northern Australia. This specie can live in tanks with medium to large size mates. They may eat smaller species so avoid keeping them with smaller fish. They do not need much care, & love to eat any available food & can survive in harsh conditions. You can offer them blackworm or bloodworm as treats. This specie can reach up to 20 cm, but normally they do not grow large enough.


River Murray Rainbowfish:

Watch how to setup pond for River Murray Rainbowfish below:




River Murray Rainbowfish Pond


This fish is native to Australia. River Murray Rainbowfish belongs to tropical & subtropical community, but range of this specie extends into warm temperature regions but can endure even in low temperatures.

The fish can attain a size of 10 cm, but many of them are smaller than this. Males of River Murray Rainbowfish are larger than females.

It is a hard fish & people keep them in aquarium. It can do great even at low water temperatures but recommended water temperature for this fish is 22 to 26 Degree-Celsius.


River Murray Rainbowfish Price:

Price of River Murray Rainbowfish is roughly around:

Average Size
Price
3-4 cm
$8


Northern Purple Spotted Gudgeons:

A wide spread fish, with different colors & sizes. They like eating chunky live or frozen diet, but can swallow pellets too. Avoid introducing smaller or long finned species to Northern Purple Spotted Gudgeons tank, as they might devour or hurt them. Place a cover on top of tank as Gudgeons can jump outside if not covered. Gudgeons can attain a size of 10 – 15 cm.


Northern Purple Spotted Gudgeons Price:

Price of Northern Purple Spotted Gudgeons is roughly around:

Average Size
Price
4-7 cm
$3.50


Silver or Red Scat:

Scats are different deep-bodied specie, available in coastal areas of northern & eastern part of Australia. They are better tank specie; they can survive in harsh water conditions excluding soft acidic water. They don’t care much about food & love to eat lots of food. They can reach a size of 25 cm or can grow ever larger, but their sizes are a lot smaller if kept in tanks.


Silver or Red Scat Price:

Price of Silver or Red Scat is roughly around:

Average Size
Price
6.5 - 9 cm
$20


Silver Mono Argent:

Silver Mono Argent is a different diamond-shaped specie & they are found in Indo-Pacific area, including northern Australia. They live in marine, fresh water or brackish water conditions. They live happily in peace in a bit salty water.


Silver Mono Argent Price:

Price of Silver Mono Argent is roughly around:

Average Size
Price
4 cm
$30


Barramundi:

An amazing specie considering its elegance & great speed, & they are a good aquarium mates. They need a big aquarium with a slow continuous water flow & the temp & hardness remain nearly constant. They can survive even in a bit unclear water. They love driftwood, rock ledges & decorative structures in aquarium, that can provide hiding spots.


Barramundi Price:

Price of Barramundi is roughly around:

Average Size
Price
3-5 cm
$4.50
5-7 cm
$5.50


Blackmast:

Blackmast needs hard alkaline water for a healthy life, & do not mix them with aggressive fish including Cichlids.

They are found in limestone country, where water is available in hard & alkaline. They do not live in softer water conditions.

The required pH of Blackmast is 7.6 – 8.2, normal hardness is 250-400ppm, & they like to live in salty tanks. In home tank, salt is not required but still they prefer living in hard alkaline water. They may not live healthy life if water condition is softer.


Silver Perch:

Silver Perch are longer & slender in young age, but as they grow they take a deeper form & normally their color is grey-green.

People breed this specie in Australia. They like standard diets including frozen foods & pellets. They are omnivore in nature & like to eat a range of diet such as shrimps, aquatic insects, yabbies & more.

Juvenile Silver Perch like to live in tank with no heater. Add some live plants or rock cover as this specie needs hiding places. They are active 24 / 7 that can disturb other mates living in the same tank, but still they are better community fish.


Silver Perch Price:

Price of Silver Perch is roughly around:

Average Size
Price
3-5 cm
$2.50
5-7 cm
$3.00
7-10 cm
$4.50
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