04-01-2008, 06:12 PM
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There are plenty of great fish to start off with. Basically you want to avoid 3 kinds of fish: picky eaters, fish that require very specific water parameters or fish that grow very large/wasteful.
Lots of people start off with live bearers, as most are very easy and inexpensive. Personally, I'm not crazy about them, because then they have lots of babies which I then have to figure out what to do with. Different fish like to hang out in heights of the tank. Some are bottom dwellers, some stay near the top, and some are all over the place. It's nice to get a good mix of fish, so different areas of your tank are occupied. Why don't you look around and see what you like and we'll help you plan around that