Pets like dogs and cats are not allowed in residence at the University of California Los Angeles. Fish are allowed. They require little work and can help keep you company when you are lonely.

Here are 10 types of fish that are perfect to have in residence at the University of California Los Angeles.

1. The Gold Fish for UCLA Students

Gold fish for college come in many varieties of sizes and colors. Many people love the fancier varieties with bubbly heads and fanned tails. Gold fish forcollege are great for beginners who have an unheated aquarium. These fish prefer temperatures between 62-74 degrees Fahrenheit. Gold fish tend to be messy eaters. So, be sure to change 10 percent of the water each week. Treating the water with a dechlorinator is also a good idea.

2. Bloodfin Tetras Fish for UCLA Students

These small fish are recognized by their silver bodies and striking red fins. These are extremely hardy fish. In some aquariums they live up to 10 years, so you will be able to hang out with them after college. They are an active fish that is always on the move. These fish work well in temperatures that range from 64 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a peaceful fish, but it prefers to live in a group (who doesn’t). You will enjoy seeing the group moves together through the aquarium. If you only have one, it tends to be shy.

3. White Cloud Fish for UCLA Students

A White Cloud Mountain Minnow is another small fish that tolerates cold temperatures. In fact, some people keep these in outdoor ponds over the summer. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit. They are a hardy fish that tends to live in the middle and top areas of the tank. They prefer to live in a group. Purchasing 6 or so will help promote good health and color in these fish. They can live up to 5 years with proper care so you can hang out with it the entire time your are at college.

4. Danios Fish for UCLA Students

These small fish are a great first fish for college students. When first starting up a tank, you need to test the water. Because these fish are hardy and do well in a variety of conditions, they are a perfect first choice. Danios are active and small. Typically, they prefer to be in a group near the surface of the water. Most have bright horizontal stripes that grab your attention as they zoom around the top. They are not picky eaters and do well with flake fish

5. Black Molly Fish for UCLA Students

The black molly is a peaceful fish and is perfect for college students. It is a good choice if you want a community tank with several types of fish. One of the advantages of choosing this fish is that it can adapt to fresh, brackish and even salt water. This allows you some leeway when setting up a new tank. These fish prefer a temperature that ranges from 70 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. They are livebearers, so if you buy a male and a female pair, you could end up with babies. However, they do tend to eat the young if there is not adequate vegetation for the babies to hide in.

6. Black Skirt Tetra Fish for UCLA Students

The black skirt tetra is a peaceful fish that should be kept in a pair or in a larger group. These are hardy fish that are great eaters. They will eat just about any prepared food. They tend to swim in the middle of the tank and hate “confrontations”. You should include rocks, plants and other hiding places for these fish.

7. Kuhli Loach Fish for UCLA Students

The Kuhli Loach is an eel-like fish are also hardy fish that make a great addition to your tank. This bottom-dweller is unique in that it hides during the daytime. You might spot it tunneling under the gravel or hiding in a cave. It is recommended to offer hiding places for this fish. They help keep the tank clean by eating the food that has fallen to the bottom. However, you should offer additional food that sinks to the bottom.

8. Platies Fish for UCLA Students

Paties are great for beginners at college because there are so many varieties to choose from. They do very well in a community tank with other passive fish. As a livebearer they will produce young frequently even when at college. Most often the babies are eaten by other tank members. Platies are selectively bred to create new combinations of colors. You will be sure to find several that suit your taste. They will eat any flake or freeze-dried food. They are also a good choice because they eat any algae that might develop in the tank.

9. Swordtails Fish for UCLA Students

Swordtails are closely related to the platy. The males, though, have a long bottom fin that looks like a sword. These are passive fish that will add bright color to your tank. They are hardy and long lasting fish, which makes it perfect for beginners. With a variety of colors to choose from, you will be sure to want one, or several in your tank.

10. Betta Fish for UCLA Students

If you are looking for additional flash and color, the betta fish is the one for you. The males have brilliantly bright long fins. They are also known as Siamese Fighting Fish. They fight with other bettas, so you will only want one in your tank. These fish are hardy and will eat flake food or pellets. Because of the male betta fish’s long fins, be sure not to pair them with others who might pick at the fins.


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