maintenance, care, compatibility
A typical question for aquarists who are going to keep Poecilia reticulata (Guppy) in the general aquarium is: “Which fish get along with guppies?”. It is important to avoid settling with predatory fish, such as the red-tailed shark, Sumatran barbs, scalars, large cichlids, eels, and mastembela.
The best aquarium neighbors for small viviparous fishes (3-7 cm) are small fish with a peaceful nature.
Fish that are suitable for settlement with Poecilia reticulata
There are a large number of freshwater aquarium fish that can live with guppies in peace and harmony. The listed types are the safest options.
They mate with these viviparous Pecillians in terms of similarity of living conditions and behavioral characteristics.
Somiki corridor – relatively slow swimmers, almost always in the lower layers of the aquarium. They are characterized by small body size and calm disposition, they gradually clean the aquarium from food debris.
Guppies swim in the upper and middle layers of the water, so the corridors will not hook them. However, one should not add salt to the water in which catfish live (and the pets-liqueras love such water), otherwise they will die.
See how guppies and catfish corridor dwell in the same aquarium.
Indian glass fish, or Malaysian glass – it is often confused with glass catfish, but they are completely different species. The glass is a peaceful and rather hardy fish, they are excellent companions for guppies and other small tropical fish. The transparent body of the body makes them unique, they even shine through the skeleton and internal organs.
Malaysian glass is characterized by gregarious behavior, swims in a group of 5-7 fish. It is not recommended to buy fish with a fluorescent color.
Just “painted” glass fish are more sensitive to the parameters of the aquatic environment, and during the disease color pigment can open wounds, causing infection in the water.
Mollies, patcilia, swordtails – viviparous fish of the Family Petsilievye, which are best compatible with guppies. All fish are related species, in the general aquarium they can breed, bringing hybrid offspring.
Guppies, mollies and platies will not conflict with each other. But the swordtails, especially adult males, can terrorize the tail fish, so it is better to settle with “swords” fish with short fins.
Mollies prefer to live in a pair. If in a spacious aquarium will live a couple of moles and a few guppies, you get a great neighborhood.
Neon tetra – the most popular freshwater and tropical fish. You can keep with any peaceful species of fish, it was even called “pearls of the aquarium.”
Neon tetras are characterized by a rosy blue body with a reddish tinge. They create a strong flock of 6-10 individuals, and calmly swim in the upper and middle layers of water.
Can make an excellent company viviparous fish, without disturbing them.
Rasbory – differ in metallic color scales, they are clearly visible, which simplifies the care of these fish. Hardy, peace-loving, swim in a flock of 6-8 fish.
They can be settled with guppies in the general aquarium, as their characters are perfectly compatible.
Dwarf loaches – like all loaches, they are very peaceful fishes. However, some types of char can grow larger in size compared to guppies. Dwarf loaches remain small all their life, rarely grow to a length of more than 5 cm, so that they are commensurate with petilia fish.
They like to swim in a flock, so settle them immediately with a flock of 3 individuals. You can build a few shelters in the aquarium, add live plants, because these loaches like to hide and rest.
Endler Guppy (lat. Poecilia wingei) – used to believe that Endler’s viviparous fish are relatives of Poecilia reticulata.
Later it turned out that these are different species, although both come from Central America. There are certain similarities between species; they can interbreed in the same aquarium.
Viviparous endlers are suitable for tropical aquariums, where different viviparous petsilievy live. It should be borne in mind that the Endler fish grows up to 3.8 cm in length, therefore it cannot be accommodated with larger species.
Settle them immediately for 6-8 individuals and more, create shelters for them, otherwise they will be eaten. Poecilia reticulata will ignore them, but under proper conditions of detention.
Observe laliusi, neons, catfish and guppies in the general aquarium.
General rules for compatibility with guppies in home aquarium conditions
When choosing a fish for a community with guppies in an aquarium, you need to know some general rules that you should follow:
- In the tank you can keep the fish only with a similar temperament and behavior. Males guppies usually have long and lush fins, so those neighbors who can pluck them should not live with them. Guppy is not compatible with aggressive, fast types, otherwise stress and physical exhaustion of victims cannot be avoided.
- Diet and water requirements – be sure to choose fish that prefer the same food and water conditions as guppies. Check the pH, hardness, temperature of the water environment.
- It is better to keep all the fish in a spacious tank with enough space for swimming and shelter. On one fish should go on average 50 liters of water.
- The proportionality of the fish – Poecilia reticulata are considered small fish, so it is desirable to keep them with the same neighbors. Large “comrades” will be seduced by the size of defenseless guppies, they can eat them, or take food from them.
- Small bottom fish species can be kept with viviparous Guppy, which rarely swim to the bottom.
Type of aquarium fish and compatibility of different species (table)
Another pets for beginners – goldfish. Aquarium species of these fish are very common.
If you look at the compatibility table, the line devoted to goldfish will be completely filled with red, with a few yellow areas, just like many cichlids. But if cichlids are aggressive, then goldfish often become victims themselves. Goldfish are large, and little things like rasbor and neon, they gradually eat.
And the other inhabitants of the aquarium themselves can offend the slow and delicate little crowns with long fins.
Golden fish is best to settle with their own kind, there are enough interesting varieties of this breed. It should not be forgotten that if you want to get offspring, then you cannot keep different species together.
Who do goldfish can get along with? Aquarium species of calm catfish – the Tarakatum, fighting-clowns, corridors, peaceful tetras – Congas, terntions and calm danios will be fine.
There are also examples of successful cohabitation of gold with neons, scalars, viviparous, but we must remember that any neighborhood of goldfish with other species may result in conflicts and death of the inhabitants of the aquarium.
Apistogram dwarf cichlids are popular species of aquarium fish. Photos show that these little fish look like bright tropical butterflies.
Apistograms do not need a large amount of aquarium, plants do not damage and are quite calm. They can be kept with other peaceful fish – sword-bearers, patzilia, guppies, mollies, neons, rassets, tetras, small catfish, barbs. But small shrimp will be happy to eat even dwarf cichlids.
Males apistogramm in a small aquarium will be aggressive to each other, so you can keep a couple or a harem.
Another popular type of aquarium fish is the scalar. These fish are also thermophilic, do not destroy plants. But they will eat up all the small neighbors (neon, rasbor), and the aggressive fish will cut off their beautiful long fins (crests, denison, many types of barbs).
For these reasons, the list of neighbors is small – unhurried gourami, mollies, petilles, cherry barbs, some soma.
The kings of the freshwater aquarium – the discus – are very demanding to the conditions and nutrition of the fish. In addition, the preferred high temperature – 28-31 ° C. Far from all plants and animals can withstand such heat.
They are compatible with discus: catfish tarakatum, clown combat, Ramirezi’s apistogram, red-bearing tetra, red neons. Discus gentle fish, prone to stress and various diseases, so it is better to abandon any neighbors.
As for other types of cichlids, such as the parrot, handsome chromis, labidochromis ellou, black-striped cichlid, astronotus and others, it is difficult to pick up the neighbors. These fish are territorial, aggressive, they need shelter. They dig the ground, pull out all the plants.
Two males in a small volume will constantly conflict, so you can keep them in pairs or harems, with other active fish, able to stand up for themselves. They are compatible only with other cichlids, and because of intraspecific aggression, it is better to choose neighbors with a different color.
Suitable for beginners and labyrinth aquarium fish. Species of these fish are remarkable in that they need atmospheric air for breathing. Some labyrinths are pretty jumping, so the aquarium should be covered with a lid, but with an obligatory gap.
In the aquarium should be a lot of plants and shelters.
Males of males and macropods are very aggressive towards other males of their own species, therefore they need to be maintained by a harem. Conflicts between males will be with gourami, lyalius.
They need a spacious aquarium and several females. All types of labyrinth females also need shelter in order to hide from harassment during spawning.
Despite the intraspecific aggression, the labyrinths get along well with other peaceful fish – swordtails, petillia, mollies, neons, rassets, zebrafish, cherry barbs, antsistrus, cardinals, speckled catfish. You can not settle with fish that love to tear off fins – barbs and ternitsemi.
Labo bicolor is often recommended as a calm fish for a common aquarium. But it is not. The young labo will be shy and shy, but an adult will begin to protect its territory and attack fish that resemble their relatives.
Several laboos will invariably conflict. Fast fish that live in the upper layers of water – danios, thorns, barbs, can live with him.
Green Labo will also be able to temper his aggressiveness if he has his own territory and shelter, which he will defend.
It occurs in our zoomagin and black labo. This fish does not tolerate their relatives, aggressive and territorial.
It grows up to 80 cm in length and needs a large volume aquarium. It can live with large fish, for example, with the red-tailed catfish.
But conflicts are not excluded.
Compatibility of aquarium fish – a very important issue for beginners and experienced razvodchiki. Each fish has an individual character, style of behavior, regardless of whether it is a herbivore or a predator. Some fish quickly eat plants and shrimp, others attack the fish themselves.
Of course, there were cases when practically incompatible species coexisted in one reservoir.
Aquarium fish compatibility chart
To systematize this issue, you should familiarize yourself with the habitat conditions of each hydrobiont, and then decide who to share it with. Assess the degree of aggressiveness of each species, the water parameters that are acceptable for them, in which layers of the reservoir they usually swim.
To ensure that your aquarium is filled with life, a table is provided that lists the compatibility of freshwater fish.
Watch the video about the compatibility of aquarium fish.