Aside from the usual cats and dogs, fish are among the most common pets that people usually get. And what’s not to like about them? Unlike most adorable but highly energetic little furbabies, fish like goldfish, in particular, tend to be a more favorable companion to those seeking a more relaxing and seemingly low-maintenance friend.
Fish don’t need walks in the park or big spaces for playing. They don’t need chew toys either and don’t make as much of a mess as the beloved canine and feline. With fish inside a nice aquarium, any pet owner can enjoy some peace and quiet while having a steady routine of taking care of a pet. Fish are also quite pretty to look at as they come in a gamut of colors, shapes, and sizes that tend to awe and fascinate no matter how many times you’ve seen them.
Of course, that’s the ideal scenario as aquariums and fish tanks do need some diligent maintenance. If you’ve ever seen the animated movie Finding Nemo, you’ll know that when a fish tank gets really dirty, it can get pretty nasty.
Now not all of us are suited to taking care of fish even if we might want to. After all, some fish can be rather expensive, and those are usually the pretty ones with the bright colors. Additionally, getting the right fish tank for your scaly little friends is a whole shebang altogether, and don’t get us started on cleaning and maintenance.
Although you might think that one type of fish can look lovely on display with another, some kinds of fish are actually incompatible with each other so you can’t just throw random fish in a tank unless you want Nature to take a turn for the worst.
If you’re someone who might be interested in owning pretty little fish as pets but might not have the resources (or patience) to do so, you can always count on a game to let you live the fantasy while dodging all the nitty-gritty stuff that comes with taking care of these wonderful sea creatures. With Fishdom Solitaire, you get to have themed aquariums, an array of colorful fish, and the freedom to decorate their living space as much as you want—all while playing a fun and challenging game of solitaire!
Published by Playrix, Fishdom Solitaire is an enjoyable game that lets players build a cozy little home for their little finned friends. The fish even talk and interact with each other or with you, the player!
Upon booting up the game, you start with an empty aquarium. Serving as your guide for the tutorial stages is Sara, a friendly turtle who will gradually explain how the game works.
Now, there are two main aspects of the game: playing solitaire and decorating your aquarium. These both go hand in hand, although each one has individual factors we will discuss later. Generally speaking, how the game works is that you play the solitaire levels to earn diamonds and coins, which are the primary in-game currencies. When you clear solitaire levels, you also get to unlock different types of fish and a host of aquarium decor.
To place fish and decor in your aquarium, you need to buy them with coins. Aside from your aesthetic enjoyment, decorating your aquarium actually earns you Beauty Points that will fill up a meter. Once you’ve filled up the meter with enough Beauty Points, you can earn a Beauty Star, which will give you bonus rewards.
Upon earning three Beauty Stars, you’ll be able to access another aquarium that you can decorate from scratch. Currently, the game has five chapters with four aquariums each, having a total of 20 aquariums to unlock. Each aquarium has a unique theme with appropriately themed decor items. However, you can place basically any decor item in any aquarium even if it doesn’t follow that aquarium’s theme.
Going back to currency, diamonds are spent to access solitaire levels, pay for booster cards and Undos, get extra moves, gain bonuses from the three different reward tiers, and so on.
In the very beginning, the game will give you 20,000 diamonds and 30 coins. To demonstrate how the Store works, Sara will instruct you to buy your first fish—a Blue Tang—which costs 30 coins. After this, you’ll be asked to play a mini game and only after can you start playing the solitaire levels.
As mentioned, you need to spend diamonds to access solitaire levels. The amount you need to pay gradually increases, especially when you’ve unlocked the three different reward tiers.
Playing the solitaire levels can seem rather easy when we’re looking at its basic mechanics: you simply need to select a card that’s either one rank higher or lower than the open deck card.
If you can’t match the open deck card with any of the face-up cards on the game field, you can tap the closed deck to draw a new card.
Clearing levels successfully means being able to rid the game field of all face-up cards. However, keep in mind that the closed deck from which cards will be drawn only has a limited number that varies for each level.
Once you’ve drawn all the deck cards and the game field still has remaining face-up cards, you may choose to either pay for five extra deck cards or end the game at the cost of losing rewards and the diamonds you’ve spent to play the level.
Of course, these are only the basics of playing the game and there are many other details we have yet to cover. But don’t worry, this beginner’s guide for Fishdom Solitaire will tackle all that! From winning solitaire levels to beautifying your aquariums and gaining more rewards, our beginner’s guide will teach you the tips and tricks you need to know to claim victory for you and your finned friends!
Since we mentioned that the game has two primary aspects, we’ll also be separating this guide into two major sections: one will focus on how to play the solitaire levels while the other will discuss decor- and rewards-related features. Let’s get to it!
Solitaire, Not Go Fish
In this first major part of the guide, we’ll be discussing the particulars about playing the solitaire levels and how to make the most out of each level, the available boosters, special cards, other helpful options, and turning your luck around.
Observe the Game Field Layout
As we mentioned earlier, the basic objective of every solitaire level is to match all face-up cards on the playing field with the open deck card to eliminate them. Sounds pretty easy, right?
The challenge here, however, is that every level features a different layout of the game field cards. Some are rather straightforward where you can clearly see how many face-down cards there are in the field and which cards you should aim to match so those underneath them can be opened. Below is a good example of a simple, no-frills game field:
But as with every game, the difficulty level ramps up a bit every time you go up a level. Eventually, you will be met with more complex game field layouts, like the one in the image below:
That said, it’s always a great idea to observe the game field layout first before matching any open deck cards with face-up cards. This quick observation should give you a general idea of how you should aim to clear the game field, thus helping in crucial decision making.
For instance, in the image above, it’s easy to see that the only match you can make is between the 10♣️ and 9♦️. The chances of getting an 8 is slim so the next best move may likely be to draw from the deck. If, by a stroke of good luck, you get an Ace, should you match it with the K♣️ or the 2♦️?
If we’re going to base it on the layout of the game field, here are two possible scenarios:
- Match with K♣️: You open up two cards on the game field and bring yourself closer to opening up one or both of the Extra Cards (green and gold design) hidden underneath.
- Match with 2♦️: You get to perform a 5-Streak (more on Streaks later) and open up 5 cards, plus get one extra card added on a random position on the deck for performing the Streak.
Now, both decisions can be favorable and have their own merits. Seeing as the deck cards are limited, the best match may be the second choice since it opens up five cards on the field and adds one card to your deck.
However, it’s important to also note that opening the Extra Cards underneath the K♣️card will add three to five cards to your deck, giving you a higher chance of continuing the level since you have more cards to draw from. It boils down to a matter of priority and luck, but it all starts by observing the layout of the cards on the field so you can decide on the best potential match.
Go for Longer Streaks and Open Up More Cards
We’ve mentioned Streaks in the previous section but what is it exactly?
You perform Streaks when you manage to continuously match cards in succession without drawing from the deck. If you look at the upper right corner of the screen, you will see a line of blue dots followed by a card. This is called the Streak Counter.
The number of blue dots usually starts at five, which means you will have to continuously match five cards to get the type of card displayed at the end of the Streak Counter. The type of card you can get may vary from one deck card to two deck cards to a Wild card, and so on.
As you can see from the image above, if you collect cards of the same color, you can double your reward. You don’t necessarily have to collect the cards in sequential order all the time to get rewards. You simply have to continuously match cards to fill up the dots in the Streak Counter.
Below is an example of a game field where you can easily make a 5-Streak:
If you’ll notice, the first dot of the Streak counter has already been filled by a black card. Thus, all you need to do to get a Wild card added to your deck is to make five more matches. You can do this by matching the K♣️ open deck card with these face-up cards in order:
K♣️ = A → 2 → 3 → 2 → 3
If you get lucky and manage to open up a 4, you can still continue your streak by matching that with the 5♣️. Upon matching the A → 2 → 3 → 2 → 3 Streak, you also get to open four cards on the field. The card underneath the A♦️ cannot be opened unless you’re able to match the 5♣️.
Now that you know what a Streak is, aim to make matches that will allow you to perform the longest Streaks. It’s often the case that the longer the Streaks you make, the more cards on the field can also be opened. Let’s take the image below for example:
Since the open deck card is a 9♦️, you can match it with either the 8♠️ or the 10♣️. Let’s take a look at how long the Streaks will be and how many cards will be opened if you choose either matches:
- Match with 8♠️: 8 → 7 → 6 → 5 → 4 or 6 (5-Streak, four cards open)
- Match with 10♣️: 10→ J (2-Streak, two cards open)
Clearly, the first match gives you a bigger advantage, not to mention it will earn you an extra deck card after a 5-Streak.
Similarly, aiming to match cards that can lead to the longest Streaks can easily clear the game field of face-up cards. Let’s take the image below for example:
Here, you can actually make a 9-Streak, eliminating more than half of the cards on the game field. Here’s how the match can go with a 10♦️ open deck card:
10♦️ = 9 → 8 → 7 → 6 → 7 → 6 → 5 → 4 → 3♦️
As you can see, we’ve specified 3♦️ at the end of the Streak as opposed to 3♥️ as matching with the 3♦️ will open up the two remaining face-down cards on the field. With all these cards eliminated from the field, you’ll be left with the Q♣️, A♦️, 3♥️, and the two face-down cards. With the last five cards all opened, you may just be lucky enough to draw something from the seven deck cards left.
Overall, making Streaks doubles your chances of winning: you get to earn rewards from making continuous Streaks while helping open up cards on the playing field. With more cards whose values you can see, the easier it would be to prioritize which cards should be matched next to win the level.
Get Those Special Cards First
So far, we’ve mostly discussed the regular cards that appear on the field. Of course, Fishdom Solitaire won’t be a fun and challenging game if there aren’t any special cards that make their appearance. Each special card you will encounter has a condition or effect that can either make or break your success in a level.
There are certainly various special cards that will appear as you progress, but since this is a beginner’s guide, we’re going to tackle just three special cards. You’ll come across these special cards from time to time and you’ll have to be creative, resourceful, and maybe just a tad lucky when dealing with them.
Lock and Key Cards
Lock and Key cards go hand in hand. You cannot match a Lock card with anything else other than a Key card. This means that if you encounter a Lock card on the field, you’re going to have to find its corresponding Key card hidden underneath the face-down field cards.
More often than not, you’ll be able to see Lock cards from the get-go and all you need to do is find the matching Key card to remove them from the field. However, there are times when the Lock card itself is hidden and it’s only after you strip away a few layers of field cards will you become aware of the Lock card’s existence.
Additionally, you might come across more than one Lock card, which makes a game field even more challenging. The image below shows an example of a game field with two Lock cards and not really enough choices to match the open deck card with:
With this kind of field arrangement, the face-down field cards underneath the two Lock cards will be rendered unplayable until such time the Key cards have been found. The thing is, when you do find a Key card, it will only work for one Lock card, and which works for which is arbitrarily determined by the game.
When dealing with Lock and Key cards, your best bet is to try and open up as many face-down field cards as you can. You can do this by making long Streaks or choosing to match deck cards with face-up field cards that will open up the most number of face-down field cards. The faster you get to find all the Key cards, the faster you can get rid of Lock cards and access the cards hidden underneath them.
Rank Changing Card
Rank Changing cards are really tricky: each time you move, the rank of the card will either go up or down depending on where the arrow on their face is pointed. In the image above, the 6♥️ card will turn into a 7♥️ in the next move. If the arrow is pointing down, the rank will go lower with each move. Until you match it with an open deck card, the card’s rank will continue to cycle.
What makes this special card an exceptionally challenging one is that if you don’t plan your moves well, you can get stuck with a Rank Changing card and miss your opportunity to get rid of them. In fact, we recommend eliminating Rank Changing cards as quickly as you possibly can, especially if they have face-down cards underneath.
Of course, it’s even more difficult if there’s more than one Rank Changing card on the field. But while having multiple Rank Changing cards can sound like you’re at a disadvantage, you can still turn the tide if you’re able to spot the golden window of opportunity. Consider the scenario from the image below:
This is a fairly simple example wherein you can eliminate both the Rank Changing Ace cards. This is how the match can go:
2♦️ = A → (A↑) 2 → 3
Basically, one of the Aces will rank up to a 2, which you can match with the previous Ace as the open deck card, and then the face-up open field 3♣️ card. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get rid of the two Rank Changing 6↓ cards because by the time the open-deck card is the 3♣️ card, the 6↓ cards would have both turned into 3↓ cards.
You will just have to wait for another opportunity to remove the Rank Changing Club and Spade cards, but at least you’ve managed to eliminate both the Rank Changing Heart and Diamond cards. The less the Rank Changing cards on the field, the more elbow room you can have for more advantageous matches.
Again, it’s crucial to eliminate as many Rank Changing cards on the field as you can. However, between a Rank Changing card and a regular card of equal value, consider matching the open deck card with the regular card if this particular choice will open up more face-down cards.
Similarly, consider if matching with a Rank Changing card will break your Streak. It may be better to make matches that will lead to a continuous Streak rather than eliminating a Rank Changing card as you may get another opportunity down the line.
Unlike the first two special cards mentioned, Extra Cards don’t act as obstacles, but rather as a helpful hand. As its name suggests, Extra Cards will add more cards to your deck, thus allowing you to draw more hands and make more matches.
That said, make it a priority to collect all the Extra Cards on the field as soon as possible so you don’t run out of deck cards. This is perhaps the only time we would recommend breaking a Streak if you could collect Extra Cards instead.
Between matching to open up more face-down field cards and matching to collect Extra Cards, we would recommend choosing the latter as this can put you at a more advantageous position since you have more draws.
Of course, these are only three of many special cards you’ll come across in the game. But if you can properly manage these three, you’ll be able to breeze through most of the levels and deal with the other special cards that will come your way.
Use Boosters Wisely!
Upon reaching Level 11 of playing solitaire, you’ll be able to unlock three different boosters, which are pictured in the image above. Each booster has different effects and are generally there to help you win. Let’s discuss what sets apart one kind of booster from another, what they can do, and what some of their potential disadvantages are:
- Slash-3: This booster card removes three random face-up cards from the game field. Usually, getting this booster means you have to select it before entering a level. It should be noted that if you select this booster at the beginning of the level, it will automatically be activated once you start the level itself.
Generally, this is a good booster to have as removing three face-up cards from the field means you potentially get to save a minimum of three draws from the deck. The downside is that the three face-up cards to be removed are chosen at random, meaning you might just lose a potential match or Streak.
- Wild Card: When used, this booster allows you to select any face-up card from the field. The card you’ve selected will then become the new card on the open deck at the bottom. If you decide to use a Wild Card before entering a level, you will get two of these boosters placed on random positions in your deck. Performing a Streak may also get you a Wild Card or two, also placed on random positions on your deck.
On the other hand, you may instantly use a Wild Card during a specific turn while the level is ongoing. You can do this either by activating a free Wild Card, if you have any (you can see this on the bottom right corner of the screen), or by paying for it with diamonds. Keep in mind that the more you pay for the use of Wild Cards mid-level, the higher its cost will become the next time you select it.
Wild Cards are best used if you run out of matches and you don’t want to draw a random deck card. This is especially helpful if you want to continue a Streak. When selecting a face-up field card to match with a Wild Card, consider choosing a card that will either lead to continuous matches or a card that you simply want to eliminate or has the least likely match.
- Clean Slate: This booster removes all face-up cards from the game field. Similar to the Wild Card, you may select this booster at the start of the level or acquire it by performing a Streak. When selected before the beginning of a level, this booster will be placed at a random position in your deck for later activation.
On the other hand, if you’ve obtained the Clean Slate card from performing a Streak, it will be placed on top of the current open deck card for instant use. The great thing about this booster is that you’ve stripped away one layer of face-up cards with just one move, thus bringing you closer to your objective of eliminating all face-up cards. The downside is that you could lose a potential Streak upon the removal of all the face-up cards.
Among these three boosters, the Wild Card gives you the most control, at least in terms of planning how the level can potentially progress. However, we recommend putting off the use of the Wild Card unless you’re consuming a free card as its cost in diamonds when selected mid-game can skyrocket if you start being dependent on its effect.
Since you can select a Wild Card in the middle of playing a level, we recommend using this if you really don’t want to break a Streak or if there’s only one more face-up card left with no matches, and you can’t afford to pay for five more extra moves at the end of your final turn.
Although boosters are helpful and rather effective when used at opportune times, they won’t guarantee that you’d win a level. Still, they give you an edge in playing so if you have free boosters to spare, consider using them, particularly when you need to replay a level you’ve lost.
Hold Off on Undos and Extra Deck Cards if They’re Not Free
Aside from the boosters mentioned above, there are two other features of playing solitaire that can help you win levels: the Undo button and the five extra deck cards option.
First, let’s talk about the Undo button: you can find this right beside your open deck card, as shown in the image below:
As its name suggests, the Undo button lets you go back one turn. In the beginning of the game, you get three free Undos but once you’ve spent all that, you’ll be asked to pay for its use with diamonds. The more you use the Undo button, the higher its cost will become. Thus, it goes without saying that you should use the Undo button wisely and sparingly. But when are the best times to do that? Consider these scenarios:
- When you’ve missed a match
- When you’ve made a wrong match
- When you have two face-up field cards of a similar value, and you want to peek at the face-down cards underneath them to see which one will lead to another match or a Streak (in this case, you might have to use the Undo button twice)
When used during the right time, the Undo button can give you an advantage since you’ll be able to pick the best cards to match, as well as rectify mistakes. However, despite using the Undo button at the best possible times, you might still find yourself running out of deck cards to draw from. If ever you encounter this scenario, you can either end the game or get five extra deck cards to continue playing.
As shown in the image above, the five extra deck cards at the end of your last turn are free the first time you use them. After that, you’ll be asked to pay for them using diamonds. Like all other cards that can be purchased with diamonds mid-level, the cost of using the five extra deck cards will rise each time you choose this option. Because of its increasing price, consider using the five extra deck cards option when:
- You’ve only got one face-up field card left without a match
- There are multiple face-up field cards left but matching one with the right open deck card will lead to continuous matches, enough to eliminate all face-up field cards
- There’s more to lose by ending the game instead of paying for the five extra deck cards (for instance, you’ve already spent a lot on boosters or Undos, so you might as well continue playing the level if you can afford it, thus being able to recoup part of your expenditure through the rewards you’ll get for winning the level)
One important caveat about paying for the five extra deck cards is that it’s not guaranteed you’ll be able to get the card you want as the value of each extra card is at random. In some cases, you may need to pay for more than one batch of five extra deck cards so be prepared to shell out some diamonds when that happens.
When it comes to both the Undo button and the five extra deck cards option, we suggest holding off on their usage unless you have a couple on hand for free. The good news is that the game gives you several opportunities to earn free Undos and extra deck cards, as well as free boosters, which we will discuss later on.
Play on Grand and/or Epic Rewards Sparingly
With a basic knowledge of how the game plays, as well as knowing about special cards, boosters, and other available features during solitaire rounds, you’re probably breezing through levels left and right. By the time you get to Level 26 and Level 31, you’ll be able to unlock Grand and Epic modes respectively.
Until you’ve reached the aforementioned levels, you’ll be playing the solitaire in Standard mode. The difference between these three modes are the amount of rewards you can get and how much you need to pay in diamonds to access each mode. Let’s discuss these in more detail:
- Standard: Standard mode is basically the regular mode of playing the solitaire levels. When you win in Standard mode, you get 1x rewards. The base cost of playing in this mode is 1,500 diamonds.
- Grand: Grand mode allows you to get 2x rewards when you win a solitaire level in this mode. However, as the rewards are doubled, so is the base cost of playing, which is 3,000 diamonds.
- Epic: Epic mode gives the most rewards as you can win 4x rewards when playing. But just as you gain the most in this mode, you also have to spend the most to play it with a whopping 6,000 diamonds in cost.
Fortunately, it’s possible to mitigate the cost of playing in each mode when you’ve managed to acquire free tickets. You can get these from participating in limited-time events or as rewards from daily bonuses.
However, only Standard mode will be played completely for free if you use one ticket. Grand and Epic mode will only have lower costs as only one free ticket can be used per level, so you still need to pay diamonds even if you use free tickets to play in these modes.
Now it can be tempting to play on Grand or Epic modes since the rewards make the cost of playing worthwhile. After all, who doesn’t want to get more bonuses? The thing is, as we mentioned earlier, even the use of boosters and other features cannot guarantee a 100% win.
Thus, you might end up spending more on five extra deck cards in the long run, which will definitely increase its cost in the future. How much you spend for boosters, Undos, and five extra deck cards will also be placed on top of what you’ve spent to play Grand or Epic mode. If you’re not careful, you might end up losing more diamonds that not even quadruple the rewards can recoup.
That said, we recommend steadily playing on Standard mode instead so you’d lose less diamonds than you would if you played and failed in Grand or Epic mode. If you’re feeling lucky, you can switch to Grand or Epic mode from time to time. On the other hand, you can employ a bit of a system to your gameplay by selecting Grand mode every five levels and Epic mode every ten levels.
The goal here is to have enough diamonds to continue playing at least Standard mode. If you lose all your diamonds, then you’re going to have to rely on daily or hourly bonuses to replenish your resources, which can take some time.
It’s All About Luck
Speaking of feeling lucky, luck is actually an uncontrollable factor when playing the solitaire levels. After all, any card can spring up in your deck (whether that’s the default deck or the extra five deck cards) and opening face-down cards on the field can lead to multiple cards of the same value.
Just because a card has appeared on the field or your deck doesn’t mean you won’t encounter it again throughout the level. Thus, your luck is an inevitable aspect you have to deal with in the game even if it can be beyond your control.
Of course, that’s part of the challenge, and the tips we’ve given so far are aimed toward bringing a bit of luck to your side. With some patience and careful decision-making, you can still turn a bad roll into an opportunity to win.
Otherwise, having a good luck charm probably won’t hurt.
You and Your Aquarium (and Rewards!)
And now it’s time for the second major part of our Fishdom Solitaire guide, which will discuss other features of the game, particularly your aquarium and how to get a few more rewards and bonuses.
Keep Beautifying Your Aquarium
As the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in Fishdom Solitaire, you have the freedom to decorate your aquariums as you please—provided, of course, that you have the coins to spend for these decor items. Coins are generally earned by winning solitaire levels. You may also get more coins through daily bonuses, playing mini games, and completing tasks for limited-time events (all these to be discussed in succeeding sections).
As mentioned earlier in this guide, decorating your aquarium will earn you Beauty Points, which can be gauged through a meter at the top of the screen when viewing your current aquarium. Get enough Beauty Points and you’ll be able to acquire a Beauty Star. Every Beauty Star gained will give you bonus rewards.
Each aquarium can get a maximum of three Beauty Stars. Once you’ve earned three Beauty Stars, you’ll be able to unlock the next aquarium.
Beauty Points will depend on the type of fish and decor item you place in an aquarium. For instance, if you buy a Blowfish for 40 coins, you can get 275 Beauty Points.
The same goes for placing decor items in your aquarium. For instance, buying a Treasure of the Seven Seas decor item will get you 175 Beauty Points.
Naturally, the higher the cost of a fish or decor item, the more Beauty Points you will get.
What’s great about continuously beautifying your aquarium is that once you acquire a Beauty Star, you’ll be able to get a +1 coin reward for every solitaire level you clear, which means you can save up on more coins to spend for more fish and decor items. You also get a hefty diamond bonus.
Additionally, each aquarium will feature themed decor items that you can continue unlocking depending on the number of solitaire levels you’ve cleared. Since you’re free to decorate and redecorate, you can put literally any available decor item in any aquarium.
For instance, decor items you’ve unlocked in the sea-themed Adventure aquarium can still be placed in the Detective Story aquarium and vice versa. Decor items you’ve unlocked playing the Detective Story aquarium can be placed in the Polar Station aquarium and vice versa. As you can see from this screenshot, we’ve managed to decorate our Polar Station aquarium with a vintage Police Vehicle decor item from the Detective Story aquarium and the Charming Weightlifter decor item from the Adventure aquarium.
Similarly, you can put as many of the same fish or decor items as you want in any aquarium. You want a school of Orbicular Batfish swimming around your aquarium, buy five or ten of them if you want! You want an aquarium made up entirely of Pink Merulina? Then do it, by all means!
We recommend enjoying this feature of the game as it’s fun to decorate and redecorate (you can sell previously placed fish and decor items if you don’t want them anymore, but it will deduct the Beauty Points they’ve contributed).
However, if you’re the type who’s not that adamant about decorating your aquarium in a certain way, then we suggest placing more fish in an aquarium instead of decor items once you’ve managed to get all the rewards from acquiring three Beauty Stars.
The thing is, once an aquarium has reached three Beauty Stars and you’ve claimed all the accompanying rewards, Beauty Points won’t matter as much in that specific aquarium. That said, you can sell off the decor items and replace them mostly with fish. Why? Let’s go to the next section.
Feed Fish When You’re Fresh Out of Diamonds
Although decor items help you get Beauty Stars faster, seeing as they tend to give more Beauty Points, fish are ultimately the best ones to place in an aquarium once you’ve claimed all the rewards accompanying earning the maximum number of Beauty Stars. This is because your fish will get hungry after some time and you can feed them with fish food for free. You’ll know your fish are hungry when they have a thought bubble displaying a shaker of fish food.
All you need to do to feed them is tap on the fish food icon at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen until it disappears. This indicates that all the fish in that aquarium are full. Once the fish are full, they’ll reward you with several diamonds. With more fish in your aquarium, the more diamonds you can get after feeding them.
This applies to all fish in every aquarium you’ve unlocked regardless of whether you’ve already completed earning their maximum Beauty Stars or not. When viewing your unlocked aquariums, those with hungry fish will have an icon of the fish food, as seen in the image below.
Although the number of diamonds fed fish will give isn’t a huge amount (you can get between 60 to 120 diamonds per fish), it can still reach a significant number, enough to at least pay for one Standard round of solitaire if you have enough fish to feed.
This comes in handy when you’re fresh out of diamonds and can’t wait for the daily and hourly rewards to replenish your resources. Your aquarium won’t look as fancy but at least you’ll always have a fallback when you lose diamonds.
Login Daily and Hourly
Speaking of daily and hourly rewards, these are two additional ways you can get diamonds, coins, and other bonuses aside from just playing the solitaire levels.
Daily rewards are picked at random as you need to choose from nine closed shells.
The good thing about getting your dailies this way is that you’re not forced to religiously log into the game after 24 hours since you won’t break a rewards streak. Of course, if you want to take advantage of all the dailies, log into the game anyway.
On the other hand, you can also get hourly diamond rewards. You’ll see that this option is available if you check the bottom right-hand side of the screen when viewing your aquarium.
The more you progress through the solitaire levels, the greater these hourly rewards can be. Since these are exclusively diamond rewards, we suggest checking back into the game every hour just to claim them even if you don’t intend to play. That way, you get to stack up on your diamonds and make sure you have enough to access the solitaire levels in different rewards modes.
Play Mini Games
From time to time, you’ll get to play a mini game that will give a small reward of diamonds and coins. Mini games can range from simple puzzles to challenging brain teasers, all of which vary every time you select this option.
You’ll know if there’s a mini game available when the pay button for solitaire levels displays a puzzle icon instead of the next level’s number.
We recommend playing these mini games just to take a break from playing solitaire while also getting a reward at the same time. However, if a mini game proves too difficult or challenging, you can always abandon that mini game at no cost to your resources. Keep in mind that mini games are accessed at random.
Complete Tasks for Limited-Time Events
Like most mobile games these days, Fishdom Solitaire also has a host of limited-time or seasonal events that will get you rewards on top of what you can earn from regularly playing the solitaire levels. Depending on the event, you may have to complete a variety of tasks such as collecting heart cards, collecting marked cards, performing a number of streaks, and so on. Rewards for each limited-time event greatly vary and can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Free tickets
- Free diamonds and coins
- Free Undos
- Free extra five deck cards
- Free Wild Cards
- Unlimited use of Slash-3 or Clean Slate boosters for a specific duration
- Multiplying rewards
- Free chests with different rewards inside
Since these are limited-time events, it follows that they’ll only be available for a certain period, which can last between a few hours and several days. Since the game lets you automatically participate in these events whenever you play, take advantage of the bonuses you can gain by completing as many tasks or requirements as you can when the event is still active.
With that, we conclude our beginner’s guide for Fishdom Solitaire! Hopefully, you were able to learn some tips and tricks not just in playing solitaire, but also when it comes to the most productive way to beautify your aquarium as well as earning more rewards! Do you have more tips and tricks to share? Feel free to share them in our comment section below so you can help other players to keep swimming and turn the tide in their favor!