Hello everyone, dear readers. Today we will be talking on a topic such as the compatibility of aquarium fish.
Many novice aquarists, after buying an aquarium, ask themselves quite a relevant question: What kind of fish should I buy? And they put such a question quite into the topic, since not all fish will be able to get along with one or another species.
I believe that any aquarist should know who, for example, can get along with a sword bearer, a battle, a cherry bar or red neon. Let’s start to deal with this issue, as it will be very important for colleagues who have just embarked on the path of an aquarist with a capital “A”.
There is such an erroneous opinion among beginners that it is necessary to spit all the fish a little into the aquarium, because it will be beautiful. However, do not be mistaken and make such hasty actions. Before buying aquarium fish for your aquarium, think it over properly, otherwise in a fit of passion you can buy in the store those fish that are simply not compatible with each other.
You should not count and keep only on the appearance of the fish, better learn about the size of the fish, especially the care, maintenance and behavior. That is, for a start, you need to read all the information on the fish, and only then make a choice: to buy it or not, because you will also take other types.
I also do not advise you to rely on the advice of the seller in the pet store, as they are not always competent and can give you a bit of a bullshit.
The key criterion when choosing fish for an aquarium: pay attention to their habitat, it is similar or different. I’m not talking about the fact that you can put freshwater and brackish fish in a freshwater jar.
Very common mistakes beginners are that they can not always correctly determine the active response of the medium and the rigidity of the aquarium water.
How to distinguish between peaceful fishes and predators, I think it is not worth telling 🙂 They differ in both behavior and nutrition. Peaceful fishes, like haratsinok, are active, mobile and swim in flocks. Predators will be sharp and very cautious.
Among predators there is such a thing as cannibalism, that is, they can not only throw at others, but also at their own. There are territorial fish (girinohaylus, fighting clown), which will chase any violator of their possessions, as soon as he finds himself in the field of their visibility. There are also species that drink ozerinchika only during spawning.
All these points you need to know, so as not to get into an unpleasant situation after the settlement of the aquarium.
I want to say one more thing: not all peaceful fish can get along with each other. I categorically do not advise you to keep roosters, guramks and guppies in one common aquarium, as guppy tails will constantly pluck guramki and cockerels.
One small fish will not feel comfortable in the company of adult large relatives, and also vice versa. Phlegmatic guramki for example, with danios will feel not very, and not particularly harmonious.
All fish, from small to large, will feel great in captivity only if you create conditions for them that are as close to the natural as possible. In the same way, the temperature of the aquarium water should correspond.
Some fish prefer fast rivulets, some like lightly running water, and some live in stagnant water – take this moment into account.
In general, aquarium fish are divided into two types of compatibility – behavioral and biological. If the behavioral incompatibility is not so terrible for the aquarium as a whole, then the situation with biological incompatibility is exactly the opposite. The causes of biological incompatibility may be the following factors: fish may not match the chemical properties of water; fish may differ in behavior; fish prefer different food; there may also be an incompatibility of certain species of fish with invertebrates.
All these moments are interconnected with each other, so to speak conditionally, these all factors are closely intertwined with each other.
So, with the biological aspects, I think we figured out, and if something is not understood, you can peek in reference books and aquarium literature. You will only have to buy more fish over time, plants, various invertebrates, but only so that for all purchased organisms such indicators as: hardness, active reaction, temperature will correspond.
Below, I will give you a table of fish compatibility, based on which you can find out which one suits you, taking into account those fish that are already swimming in your aquarium. Well, besides the table, you will need to read about every fish you choose, conditions of detention, feeding, and so on. Then compare the main indicators of aquarium water in your aquarium, and with those required for the future inhabitants of your can.
On this I have everything for me today, I was glad to see you.