Usually, beginners of ornamental fish lovers will be more interested in maintaining ornamental fish that are small and have beautiful colors.

The reason is they think that these small ornamental fish will be easier to maintain and do not require a lot of money.

For those of you beginners who want to keep ornamental fish at home, you must first understand a few things.

This is regarding the type of fish, fish food, the preferred place for fish to live, fish habits, what fish are suitable to be put together in one aquarium, and so on.

These things are very important for you to know before raising ornamental fish at home so that unwanted things do not occur.

In Indonesia there are various types of beautiful and unique small ornamental fish, some of which like to live in groups and some who like to live alone or solitary.

Apart from being easy to find ornamental fish, they also have a relatively cheap price. Here are some small ornamental fish that you might be able to keep at home.

1. Hickey


Price: IDR 5,000 – IDR 1,000,000

Betta splendens or often referred to as betta fish are small freshwater ornamental fish that are quite popular in Indonesia because they have a variety of colors with a beautiful dangling tail.

There are two vertical red stripes on the gill cover. Betta fish have a variety of color combinations, including red, white, black, yellow, blue, purple, and so on.

This fish has been cultivated since 1970 and is usually kept as a fighting fish. Because it is quite aggressive and prefers to attack when fighting.

Betta fish do not have sharp teeth and strong scales, even though they have a strong immune system. Thus betta fish have a long life.

However, this fish is an individualistic fish and cannot be mixed with other ornamental fish in one aquarium. So you have to separate this fish from other fish.

You don’t have to worry about a shortage of space for Betta fish, because Betta fish don’t need a large space and oxygen to survive. So this fish care is very easy.

Food from fish that is still in the same family as gouramy is also fairly easy, you can give hymen, hair worms, or mosquito larvae. These foods are the favorite foods of this ornamental fish.

2. Guppy


Price: IDR 25,000 – IDR 45,000

Guppy fish or often referred to as guppies, cere fish, and thousand fish originate from South America. The body of this fish is only 2 – 3.5 cm in size and colorful, so this fish is very popular.

Guppy is a fish that is fast to breed and has many types such as black moscow guppy, green red dragon guppy, crown tail guppy, half moon platinum guppy, and so on.

At first glance, guppy fish are similar to betta fish but are actually very different.

This is because guppy fish are not too aggressive and are very good for being kept with other small ornamental fish in one aquarium.

3. Corydoras


Price: Rp. 2,500 – Rp. 10,000

Corydoras are small, 120 mm ornamental fish that are similar to broom fish. This fish has a native habitat in South America.

Having a quiet character, these fish can coexist with various types of ornamental fish and will not interfere with one another.

Apart from being quiet they are also shy, but they are tough and easy to care for. If you take care of it properly, this fish will be able to survive for 5 – 10 years.

There is no need for special care for this fish, even if it is not fed it is fine. They can eat moss, algae, and food scraps from other fish that are at the bottom of the aquarium.

Corydoras fish can also be used as aquarium cleaning fish. However, this fish is very sensitive to salt. Adding salt to the tank can harm them.

There are several types of these fish such as albino corydoras, corydoras julli, pygmy corydoras, bronze corydoras, and so on.

4. Bandits


Price: IDR 5,000 – IDR 10,000

Bandit fish is a type of corydoras that has a pale white color with a pink tinge and has a black color on its eyes and tail.

This fish is a fish that has a peaceful nature, so this fish can be combined with other ornamental fish in one aquarium.

5. Botia


Price: IDR 5,000 – IDR 25,000

Botia fish originate from Southeast Asia and East Asia and are also present in Indonesia, namely the Barito River, Kalimantan.

These fish have a beautiful color combination and they like to live in groups. So it’s great to keep in your small aquarium.

This fish has many types such as botia zebrafish, botia dario, botia almorhae, botia striata, blue botia, and so on.

6. Zebras


Price: IDR 1,000,000

Judging from the name, this zebrafish has a striped body similar to a zebra. These fish live on the surface of the water and like to jump out of gaps.

So those of you who keep these fish must always pay attention to the aquarim cover, if you don’t want to lose your favorite fish.

7. Molly


Price: IDR 1,000 – IDR 5,000

Molly fish has the Latin name poecilia sphenops. This fish can adapt to angelfish, platy fish, swordtails, larger tetras, and corydoras catfish.

This fish is 5 – 10 cm in size which is an omnivorous animal. They will enthusiastically devour the algae found in living stones and plants.

These fish will be more comfortable in an aquarium with a minimum capacity of 75 liters complete with rocks and live plants that have glands.

Molly fish has various types including balloon molly fish, black molly, lyretail molly, sailfin molly, marble molly, and golden black.

8. Platy


Price: IDR 15,000 – IDR 45,000

Platy fish are the same as molly fish which are omnivorous animals that can eat anything, including their own children.

With its quiet nature, aka not aggressive, this fish can also adapt to various other types of ornamental fish, as long as it is not a cichlid type fish.

Many enthusiasts want to keep platy fish in their aquarium or aquascape. Because the body color of the platy fish is beautiful and unique.

The tail shape of this fish resembles the letter U with a body that is only about 4 – 5 cm long. If you can take care of it properly then this fish can live up to 3-4 years.

9. Sword


Price: IDR 5,000 – IDR 20,000

This fish has a tail that is shaped like a sword with a variety of attractive colors. The nature of this fish is quite peaceful, so it can be combined with various other types of ornamental fish.

10. Honey Gourami

Honey Gourami

Price: IDR 5,000

As the name suggests, this honey gourami fish is indeed similar to gouramy in general, only its body size is smaller, even the smallest in its genus.

This fish is an ornamental fish that has bright colors which can make it very cute.

11. Rasbora Harleiquin

Rasbora Harleiquin

Price: IDR 3,000 – IDR 6,000

This harleiquin rasbora fish has a very attractive and beautiful color combination to look at.

These fish live in groups, so if you are interested in keeping these fish, you should immediately buy 6 of them. The reason is if left alone these fish can become stressed and die.

12. Tetra


Price: IDR 1,500 – IDR 2,500

Tetra fish have many types such as neon tetras, lemon tetras, x-ray tetras and many more. They have a transparent body that serves to protect them from predators.

Even the neon tetra, they have a shiny body when exposed to light. This makes the neon tetra more attractive than other tetra fish.

In addition, all types of tetra fish can easily adapt, so it is very suitable to be kept together with other small fish in one aquarium.

This fish also does not require special care. So for those of you beginners, you can easily care for these beautiful little ornamental fish.

13. Barb

Barb fish

Price: Rp. 2,500 – Rp. 10,000

Barb fish are classified as miniature fish that like to gather and usually consist of 5 barb fish. Thus, you have to buy a minimum of 5 barb fish so they can live well.

There is no special care for barb fish, so you beginners are suitable to keep this fish in an aquarium.

14. Manfish


Price: IDR 15,000

Manfish is also called angel fish which is a freshwater ornamental fish with an elegant appearance.

This fish is flat with beautiful long fins. They move calmly, so that anyone who sees them can relax.

15. Comets


Price: IDR 10,000 – IDR 50,000

Fish with the Latin name carassius auratus have good resistance and do not have special care.

This fish is included in the type of freshwater ornamental fish which is much favored by ornamental fish lovers.

This fish can be used as a good friend for other ornamental fish in the aquarium because of its tame nature.

It has a very diverse color combination that can make anyone stunned to see it. These colors include yellow, red, white, black with beautiful abstract patterns.

16. Lemon


Price: IDR 2,000

Lemon fish has the Latin name neolamprologus leleupi. As the name suggests, this fish is yellow exactly like a lemon.

This fish is an aggressive fish, so you have to separate it from other ornamental fish.

Because if there is a fish that is smaller than its body, the lemon fish will immediately devour the fish.

This fish has a strong enough resistance so it is suitable for beginners to keep ornamental fish.

17. Bala


Price: IDR 8,000

Fish bala is often referred to as shark bala because its shape at a glance resembles a shark. However, this fish is not as extensive as a shark, only its body is similar.

This fish lives in fresh water and if in its natural habitat, this fish can grow up to 35 cm.

This freshwater ornamental fish has metallic scales and fins that contrast with black and white. This color will be very beautiful when in the aquarium.

18. Goldfish Chef

Mas Chef

Price: IDR 5,000 – IDR 100,000

There are many types of goldfish, ranging from small to large ones. And also a lot of colors like orange, white, red, black, and so on. For more details, you can open an article about the types of goldfish.

That is what we can convey about various types of small ornamental fish. Choose ornamental fish according to your wishes.

Hopefully you can choose between one ornamental fish and two ornamental fish that can be combined in one aquarium.