maintenance, care, compatibility
If you are not satisfied with the aquarium, which is inhabited only by guppies, you can try to hook up to them other small fish that are not predators. Neons, some species of catfish (speckled catfish, catfish stuck), gouras, battles, tetras, small types of character fish, various types of corridors can get along well with their neighbors.
But it is possible that one representative of these fish will show aggression towards the little cohabitants.
Compatibility scalar and guppy. Some inexperienced aquarists are confident that the existence of these two fish in one body of water will not lead to anything bad. They are convinced that peaceful and shy sklyaria will be excellent neighbors for the little darlings.
But this is so only if the neighbors of guppies are still fry.
Compatibility Guppy and Sword. These fish are not always perfect neighbors. In some owners they get used, and in some they are enemies.
After all, there are such cases when the Swordtails bite their neighbors, as well as eat their young. It is desirable that the aquarium was a lot of vegetation, they will help the fish to hide.
Compatibility barbs and guppies. Fish are not recommended to be planted in the general aquarium.
After all, the tail fins with bright coloring of the second will become a target for the first bites. Therefore, you should pay attention to less aggressive fish than barbs.
Compatibility of guppy and goldfish. These two species can not be planted in one aquarium.
This can even lead to the fact that the life of a small, harmless guppy will be endangered. Therefore, it is better to pick her another candidate for good cohabitation.
Guppies are exactly those fish on which novice aquarists should turn their attention first. They are quite unpretentious to the conditions of the content, therefore, are distinguished by a special survival rate. These charming, small creatures with a big tail instantly captivate the gaze of any person with their graceful movements, as well as extraordinary beauty.
But in order for the fish to live in a calm atmosphere, not to hide from their aggressive neighbors, think carefully about who they will be in the aquarium with. Or maybe it’s better to leave the guppies alone.
Neons are small freshwater fish of the Kharatsin family. In the wild, they are very active and brisk, able to quickly hide from predators, maneuvering among thick plants. Body size reaches 3 cm in length, life expectancy depends on water temperature: from 1.5 years to 3 years.
Behavioral characteristics: due to a peaceful disposition, they can live together with each other in a flock, as well as with other species of fish. Guppies and neons, petsyli and neons, catfish and neons get along well in the same aquarium.
Such compatibility is beneficial for novice aquarists, since these types of fish will definitely not harm each other.
What else should be considered in compatibility? Males of neons are brighter in color than females, the contrast of scales depends on the species.
But one thing unites them – a horizontal strip passes through the body, which glitters with “neon” shimmering even in darkness. This feature can be attractive to predatory fish and those who do not welcome next to their more beautiful neighbors.
So settle a flock of neons of 5-7 fish and more in a spacious tank with shelters so that in case of unforeseen attacks, they can hide in time.
To understand whether compatibility between species is possible, it is necessary to become familiar with the criteria of full, partial compatibility and incompatibility. With full compatibility, you can safely observe the life of fish, with partial threats of rivalry, in the absence of compatibility as such, fish do not need to be placed in one aquarium at all.
Couples gourami and fish compatibility:
- Angelfish and gourami: fully compatible
- Barbus: partially compatible
- Petushki: incompatible
- African cichlids: incompatible
- South American cichlids: incompatible
- Corridors: fully compatible
- Danio: fully compatible
- Discusses: partially compatible
- Lost: Partially compatible
- Goldfish: incompatible
- Gourami: partially
- Guppy: Partially
- Koi carps: incompatible
- Botsii: fully
- Mollies: fully
- Astronotus: incompatible
- Percylia: fully
- Plekostomusy: fully
- The iris: fully
- Rasbory: fully
- Labeo: completely
- Swordsmen: fully
- Tetras: fully
- Acne: Partial
- Piranhas are incompatible
- Shrimp: incompatible
- Floating aquarium plants: fully
See also: How to care for chocolate gouras?
Rules for keeping Betta splendens in a common tank
Males and guppies – it is believed that guppies and betts live in water with different parameters, therefore they are only conditionally compatible. There were examples of good compatibility, but it’s not always worth the risk.
Males can chase guppies throughout the aquarium until their fins are torn off. Guppies can live at a temperature of 18-28 degrees, although 22-25 degrees for them more than acceptable temperature.
The diet of both fish is the same, so some razvodchiki did not have difficulty in keeping.
Scalar and betta – compatibility is not bad, provided a spacious tank. These fish almost ignore each other, without attracting attention.
The males will rather distort each other than the scalar will bother. However, during spawning, scalars become more aggressive and can drive all neighbors, including labyrinth ones.
Set in the nursery a lot of shelters and plants to protect all.
Gourami – all species are close relatives of cockerels, so compatibility can be great. Gourami – curious creatures, tenacious and active, also feed, breathe with gills and atmospheric oxygen.
Males do not bother them, sometimes it happens the other way around. Plant them together in a tank of at least 70 liters cubic.
All Macropod enemies are the same: they are large and predatory fish, with which they should not be settled.
Look at the cockerels in the company of gourami.
Mollies and cockerels can live in an aquarium because they carry the same water parameters. But there is one fact – slightly brackish water is preferred by mollies, but Betta is not. Temperatures of 24-27 degrees is optimal for content.
At low temperatures, both fish begin to hurt. Molly – viviparous fish that must breed in a separate, spawning tank, so that no one will destroy their fry.
The bets are alone in aggressive hydrobionts, so they can be moved to the males only with a flock of 4-7 fish. In the aquarium fights are small, reaching only 8 cm in length. Peaceful, you can keep them with the same neighbors, provided space and shelters.
Males with them almost no conflict.
Corridors – as neighbors are suitable for many fish. They have a calm disposition, an interesting body color, and bring a lot of benefits.
If the rooster does not eat the food, the corridor will pick it up. Somiki swim at the bottom of the aquarium, cockerels at the bottom only sleep. Compatibility between them is proven, cockerels rarely bother corridors.
The corridors, like labyrinths, can use atmospheric air for breathing. Such a pet can survive under critical conditions. Somiki poorly tolerate salt and organics, as well as betta.
Replacement of water in the general aquarium should occur once a week.
What species do these pets live in peacefully? In order to avoid mistakes in the settlement, should be considered their compatibility with other fish.
As a rule, they are livable with many peaceful species, however there are exceptions to the rules.
Look at the common aquarium with scalar.
Barbusses are small fish that strive to pinch the beautiful fins of any neighbors, be it scalaries or other beauties. Sometimes they live peacefully, but Sumatra barbs, cherry barbs, tiger barbs can constantly wipe beautiful cichlid angels.
They demonstrate their superiority, and play catch-up, or hide-and-seek, which leads to stress. No shelter or relocation is indispensable. Barbus even though pretty creatures, but too annoying.
In addition to them, even gourami, guppies or labo can become strongly unbelted.
Cichlids from Africa and South America – although they are close relatives of the angelfish, they can show territorial aggression and predatory behavior. Cichlids are single fish, or “family men,” not many breeders manage to keep them in peace and harmony with other aquatic creatures.
The scalar is uncomfortable with them, so the settlement is possible only with individual compatibility, which is checked at a young age.
The cockerels are good neighbors for small cichlids. Can live by themselves.
Male males often conflict with each other than with other fish. One caveat – during spawning, the female and male scalar are aggressive to cockerels, if there is no place to move everyone, arrange additional shelters in the tank.
Somiki corridor – almost all of them live without conflicts and claims, the scalar is also no exception. Somiki live in the lower layers of water, scalars – in the middle.
Each other can be ignored without interfering with living and eating.
Danio – if the fish grew together, very well. If danios are settled as new neighbors, they will be taken for food.
It will not be possible to eat everyone, they will arrange unpleasant endurance tests, proving their superiority. Danio swims in the upper layers of the water, and the scalar well they get.
You can install a lot of undergrowth, shelters, a spacious tank so that everyone hides. For small fish, constant stress is extremely harmful, so take a look at how cichlids react.
Goldfish – so luxurious fish can be maintained with a commensurate Karpov. And with the scalar content is unlikely to be successful. Goldfish live in cool water, and cichlids live in warm water.
In addition, goldfish and scalar are incompatible in nature – a more active cichlid will tear off the fins of such a neighbor. And another important factor is that goldfish quickly pollute the water, while cichlids love cleanliness.
Guppies are small ornamental fish. Get used to scalars from a young age. But when matured, cichlids can harm guppies.
In adults, the predator instincts wake up, which is extremely unpleasant for guppies – it is small, bright and beautiful. If the question arises – where are the guppies gone?
The answer is obvious – they were eaten by scalar.
Can I keep in an aquarium with gourami? Quite, gourami are non-conflict fishes that can stand up for themselves.
Rarely, territorial disputes arise between gouras and these cichlids, but they can be avoided if there is space for swimming and shelter for all fish.
Look at the confrontation of gourami and scalar.
Mollies are viviparous fishes of colorful color. Content with cichlids of this species will be successful if they grow together. Sometimes mollies gnaw the scalar fins.
Over time, they get used to each other, but in case of prolonged conflicts it is better to keep them separate.
Thorns are small omnivorous fish. Naturally, the scalars will be perceived ambiguously, or rather, as food.
According to the conditions of detention each other fit, they eat almost the same food. But terration may be physically affected by the harassment of cichlids.
Compatibility can be called relative, because for sure there have been cases where ternation and scalar have gotten along. However, terntions are small hydrobionts, large neighbors are dangerous to them.
Discus – these aquarium fish can be good companions for cichlids. The scalar and discus have similar conditions and diet. Even their body shape is a bit identical – and discus and it is difficult for scalars to collect food from the bottom due to disc-shaped symmetry.
Therefore, they and others will be able to eat with a special feeder. The differences between them are discus fish flocks, they feel comfortable in a flock of 5-6 individuals, and the scalars swim in a pair, they love a wide space.
Having a large tank for both types will be a big plus.
Compatibility of aquarium fish goura inside the species
Naturally, the fish of one species will get along better among themselves than with representatives of another species. However, gourami is not so simple.
They have very strongly developed rivalry between males for the attention of females. This fight is very dangerous, not better than the attack of aggressive fish of another species. Based on this, no less than two or three females should be run into the aquarium per male.
In this case, all will remain whole and satisfied.
The peculiarity of gourami is thin and long fins, which attract the attention of aggressive fish.
These fish are rather small, so they need to be wary of large predators. However, not only them: some small fish also for some reason dislike gouras and are not averse to patting them.
So, we can not talk about the compatibility of gourami and cichlids, males, parrots, astronotus, goldfish.
They also find it difficult to get along with shrimps, discus, it is not about compatibility with gourami and guppy. With these fish there are no such extremes in the confrontation, but the atmosphere in the aquarium will clearly be hectic.
However, there are many other fish with which gourami have excellent compatibility in the limited space of the aquarium. You can talk about the compatibility of gourami and neon, as well as danios, batts, barbs, swordsmen, tetras, catfish, minors. Good compatibility of angelfish and gourami.
Generally gourami – very peace-loving fish, they will never chase fry, rarely go into conflict with representatives of another species. Eat gourami only small food. Females of females feel most comfortable in the vegetation of the aquarium and only occasionally float upwards to get air bubbles.
Males may differ by aggressiveness, but only within the species and because of the female. The main drawback of these fish is that they are very poor at defending themselves, which is why they are so often victimized by predators.
Gourami are great for home aquariums: they are beautiful, unpretentious and peaceful. But if the owner wants to save the lives of these beauties, you need to take care of good neighbors for them in advance.
Angelfish (Latin “fish-angel”) attracts with its grace and unusual shape. These pets are loved by many aquarists for their unique graceful appearance, original coloring, meek, peaceful temper.
They are considered the most popular aquarium fish in the cichle family. What kinds of these inhabitants of domestic water bodies are best known, what are the conditions of their maintenance, with whom these representatives of cichlids feel comfortable in the neighborhood, let us consider further.
These representatives of the underwater fauna come from South America, where their favorite habitats are leisurely flowing or even standing waters of local water bodies, densely overgrown with reeds.
The flat, as if flattened laterally, scalar body shape allows it to easily move between vertically growing stems of aquatic flora. Here they are comfortable: you can easily hide from predatory brethren, spawn caviar in silence.
Usually they live in small flocks of 20 or more individuals.
The unusual shape of a scalar for fish, resembling a crescent, was formed by stretching the dorsal and anal fins, while the fins on the abdomen were transformed into threads that felt and recognized surrounding objects.
The natural habitat has formed the color of an angelfish: the light-silvery background of the body of the fish is crossed by vertical stripes of a dark color, constantly changing saturation depending on the degree of illumination. These transverse strips are nothing more than the protective coloring of the fish, making them invisible in the reed.
Only the eyes are sharply accented with bright red spots.
This aquarium pets peculiar to:
- graceful manner of movement;
- ability to coexist with non-aggressive species of fish;
- reverent care for their offspring.
It is impossible to say that the angelfish fully corresponds to its translated name of the angelfish: it, like many cichlids, is run by the predator instincts.
Attempting to share this fish with some other aquarium dwellers does not always end successfully. Simply put, for example, every detail scalar easily eaten, and for adult members of other breeds there are some limitations.
Large breeds of aggressor fish themselves will attack the scalar. You can try to hook up to them fish that can quickly hide, for which our representatives of the Tsikhlovyhs will be dangerous only at night.
Based on the foregoing, these angel pets are compatible with:
- danios who need to be able to dodge and quickly hide;
- specialty partners;
- Labo and tetra, if you grow them together.
In short, everything in relation to the compatibility of different breeds of fish is relative. Scalaria of the cichl breed.
A priori, this means that it is a predator for which every small fish is food. And any larger fish with the same predatory inclinations will not miss the opportunity to pat the delicate antennae of scalar.
Probably, it makes sense, buying this cichlid, to negotiate with the seller about the possibility of its return to the pet store in case of such incompatibility.