Online Communities and Forums for Fish Keepers and Aquarium Hobbyists
Why Join an Online Forum or Community?
When first starting out in the fish keeping hobby, those who do the proper research can find that the requirements of things to do prior to being able to actually enjoy your tank can pile up quickly.
- Why keep fish?
- What kind of equipment should I buy?
- What is the best type of substrate to use?
- Where can I find quality decorations for the inside of the tank?
- What is the best temperature for my tank to be set at, based on the species of fish?
- How do I cycle my tank?
- What is "new tank syndrome" and how do I fix it?
- What fish are suitable for my tank?
These are all common questions asked by most newcomers to the fish keeping hobby. An online forum community can often make finding answers to these questions and much less stressful process. You may even make some friends along the way!
In this hub I will include the site that I know of and have used, and what their best features are. Note that there are many others out there that I have looked at and have quite frankly found them full of unhelpful people and "trolls."
Betta Starter Kit
- Fish Lore's Aquarium Fish Forum
The guys and gals over at fish lore are extremely newbie friendly. They have a profile section of many common fish that people will come across in the chain stores. They do have a saltwater section, but freshwater is their strongsuit.
- Aquatic Community - Tropical Fish & Aquarium
AC Tropical fish & aquarium features a large number of aquarium articles, species profiles and other resources for all those who keep tropical fish in aquariums. Another very newbie friendly site.
- Cichlid-Forum :: Index
Large and active Cichlid forum! These guys are the masters at anything Cichlid fish related. Also, if you want to see some gorgeous tanks, check out their members photo gallery.
- Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Tropical fish profiles, aquarium fish and reef care information, freshwater and saltwater fish discussion forums, and aquarium product reviews.
- Monster Fish Keepers
This one is by far the largest of the online communities, but that has its downsides. Many of the members are very young and inexperienced, often resulting in arguments on the forums. But it is full of owners who have HUGE tanks and massive fish!
- Reef Central Online Community
Number one for saltwater fish and reef keeping, in my opinion.
- Living Reefs - Reef Aquarium Forums
Saltwater Aquariums, Marine Fish & Reef Aquarium Forum
- Aquarium Advice
An aquarium forum community where aquarium hobbyist discuss and educate each other on topics including freshwater and saltwater fish keeping, coral reefs and fostering marine ecosystems.
- Saltwaterfish.com - Saltwater fish forums and reviews
Saltwaterfish.com is the ultimate community for saltwater fish enthusiasts.
Extremely knowledgeable group who specialize in keeping very small saltwater setups. I only recommend this to advanced fish keepers as they require special care and maintenance.
- Aq Advisor - Online Aquarium Stocking Tool
AqAdvisor.com is an Online Aquarium Stocking Calculator Tool to help users stock and setup right levels of tropical fish and choose right filters for their aquarium tanks
Reputable Sites to Buy Live Fish
Reccomended Site for Aquarium Supplies
- Doctor's Foster and Smith
Shop supplies to set up & maintain freshwater or saltwater fish aquariums. Fish tanks, lighting, test kits, filters, food & more. FREE SHIPPING on orders $19+. A well respected site for all things fish.
- Fish & Pond Supplies | Aquarium & Garden Pond Specialists
I purchase from these guys often. I also get their magazines, and they always have excellent sales and fast shipping. HIGHLY recommended.
As I stated earlier, there are many other sites out there. These are websites that I have used personally and have either been a member of, or have purchased repeatedly from. I would never recommend something to others that I would not or have not used myself. I hope you find these links useful and enjoy your fish keeping!