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7 Freshwater Fish That Are Perfect for a 60 litre Fish Tank

A 60 litre fish tank is one of the most popular tank sizes available. It is great for beginners due to its small size, relatively cheap (i.e., ideal for those on a budget), and also makes a great breeder tank for the more experienced aquarist.

7 Freshwater Fish That Are Perfect for a 60 litre Fish Tank

Stocking Your 60 Litre Fish Tank


While a 60 litre fish tank is pretty small in comparison to other fish tanks our there, there are still alot of fun stocking options when it comes to freshwater fish tanks.


Due to the small size of a 60 litre aquarium, it’s really important to research and understand how to care for each individual species of freshwater fish that you will place into your fish tank. Pollutants can quickly build up if a small tank is overstocked or if regular water changes aren’t conducted on a weekly basis.


There are some fish advisors who use the ‘rule of thumb,’ which suggests one inch of fish per litre of water in your aquarium. This is not a great rule to follow, because alot of species require more space. Always research the individual species that you want to keep, how compatible they are with other species, and how many can be kept in your community tank.


There are plenty of stocking calculators available online which can help you decide how many of each species you can comfortably fit in your 60 litre tank.


Most of the following freshwater fish are schooling fish, which should be kept in a species-only tank due to the small size of a 60 litre tank. If you’re wanting to create a community tank, there are a few species listed here that you may be able to include, with care, if you want more of a variety of fish.


So, let’s take a look at the best freshwater fish for a 60 litre fish tank.


Celestial Pearl Danios


Celestial Pearl Danios (Celestichthys margaritatus) are very peaceful fish that are easy to care for. They are a relatively new addition to the aquarium hobby, having only been discovered in 2006. They are also perfect for 60 litre tanks because they only grow to a maximum of one inch.


This stunning fish has a deep blue metallic body with jewel-like spots and horizontal orange bands on its fins, which add a welcome splash of color.


They prefer well-planted aquariums with plenty of rocks, caves and driftwood, and should be kept in schools of a minimum of six. You can keep up to 10 Celestial Pearl Danios in a 60 litre tank.


If you choose to keep 10, then keep it a species-only tank. If you have less than that, you could perhaps include some Cherry Shrimp.



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Golden Dwarf Barbs


While the Golden Dwarf Barb (Pethia gelius) is one of the less well-known Barbs, it is an ideal freshwater fish for a 60 litre tank because it only grows to 1.5 inches.


This fish is native to northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh, and they are usually a rich golden-yellow color with black markings.


They are happiest when they’re kept in a well-planted tank with a mixture of floating plants and driftwood. They should be kept in minimum groups of five. You can fit a maximum of 10 in a 60 litre fish tank.


They can also be kept in smaller schools of five with a few other diminutive species, such as Microdevario or Trigonostigma.



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Neon Tetras


Neon Tetras (Paracheirodon innesi) are one of the most well-known freshwater aquarium fish. They have iridescent blue bodies and a bright red stripe starting midway down their body.


They prefer plenty of plants to hide in, and adding driftwood and rocks will replicate the natural environment that they are used to in the clear streams of South America.


Neon Tetras grow to around 1.25 inches long and are very peaceful. They thrive when kept in schools; you can fit around 10 in a 60 litre fish tank.



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Pygmy Corydoras


The Pygmy Corydoras (Corydoras pygmaeus) is a tiny, peaceful pet that should be kept in groups of around 10. They have an iridescent body with a horizontal black line that runs from their snout to their tail.


These freshwater aquarium fish need densely planted tanks and plenty of hiding spots. You can use wide-leaved plants and driftwood to create hiding places. They also need a sandy substrate to protect their barbels.


These fish require weekly partial water changes because they are so sensitive to nitrate levels. 


Growing to a length of around 3 centimeters, Pygmy Corydoras should be kept in species-only tanks with eight to 12 fish, or with other tiny specimens such as Ember Tetras or micro Rasboras.



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Everyone Loves Guppies, (Poecilia reticulata) are one of the most beginner-friendly fish; they are very easy to care for. They’re so easy to care for that they can breed without any extra assistance, so if you’re putting them in a 60 litre sih tank, you should have either males only or females only. Otherwise they’ll breed, and the fry will quickly overstock your tank (unless you want to set up a specific breeding tank).


You can have between five to 10 guppies in a 60 litre tank. If you’re setting up a breeding tank, use the ratio of one male to two females (and make sure you have another tank to transfer the fry into!)


Guppies come in many different colors, the males being a lot more colorful than the females. They thrive in well-planted aquariums with hardy varieties such as Java Fern and Java Moss.



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Betta Fish


Bettas (Betta splendens) are another popular freshwater aquarium fish. They come in a wide variety of vibrant colors and are very easy to care for.


Ideally, they should be kept singularly, although depending on the nature of your Betta, they may be suitable for a community tank if they are peaceful enough. They should not be kept with species that look similar (for example, fancy guppies, which have similar flowing fins).


Many people keep these fish in small bowls, however, they should really be kept in a planted tank with a filter.



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Dwarf Gourami


The Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia) is a peaceful fish with moderate care needs. This makes them ideal for people with previous fishkeeping experience.


Males are orangey-red with blue vertical stripes, whereas females are silvery blue-gray with very faint yellow vertical stripes.


They can be kept with other peaceful fish, and the tank should be kept in a quiet area—loud noises can scare them. They need plenty of plants, including floating plants, and choosing a dark substrate will help to display their colors.


You can keep three Dwarf Gouramis in a 60 litre tank, or just one with a school of other peaceful fish, such as five Neon Tetras.



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Top Tips for 60 litre Fish Aquariums


It’s important to stay on top of water changes with a 10-gallon tank, because ammonia levels and nitrites can build up quickly.


Make sure you don’t overfeed your fish with fish food or overstock your tank; these things will also have a negative impact on the water quality.


Always do your own research, and don’t rely solely on the advice from your pet or fish store. If you get stuck check out our facebook group.


Any of these seven freshwater fish will work well in a 60 litre fish tank and will provide you with an entertaining and colorful aquarium.

So Good luck with your 60 litre aquarium! Let us know below if this helped you. Fish Tank Keepers.

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  • Amadeo Kuijpers
    • 1. Amadeo Kuijpers On 04/01/2022
    I am starting off with a community 60 L aquarium. What types of fish can be put together and what is the maximum number for each type of fish ?

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