maintenance, care, compatibility
There is hardly a person, even very far from aquarists, who would not hear about guppies. These small bright fish are able to charm absolutely everyone who only once looks at their feathers, specks, flickering scales. Slender, airy, they flash in the water like butterflies!
But handsome men are attractive not only for connoisseurs of beauty, but also for neighbors in the aquarium, who can look after them as a delicious dinner. To avoid unnecessary sacrifices, it is necessary to observe some rules for selecting pets, taking into account their compatibility.
Settling an aquarium is a demanding, painstaking task. It requires theoretical knowledge.
Fish may have full or relative compatibility and be completely incompatible.
Most likely, representatives of the same family, detachment, suborder, having the same size and conditions of detention can get along. Common sense will not allow the inhabitants of cooler waters to settle in tropical conditions.
Predatory large species can cause serious harm to miniature water inhabitants. But there are exceptions in any rule, which is confirmed by experienced aquarists.
There are many cases where peace-loving fish friendly cohabited with fierce predators for a long time. At the same time, baseless wars often arose between calm fish.
If you are still not sure that water inhabitants are compatible, you can always use special tables. They contain information that will dispel your doubts and prevent you from making irreparable mistakes.
Look at the aquarium with guppies, lyalius, neon and catfish.
What is necessary to know about the representatives of the species for the correct choice of neighbors for them? The species of guppy belongs to the genus of the family of the intestine of the petsilievy order kartozuboobraznye.
Fish is viviparous. The size of a male is from one and a half to four centimeters, females – from three to seven.
Life expectancy is about two and a half years. The color is varied – monophonic, multi-colored, speckled, striped.
There are several dozen selection forms. Many of them have fan-shaped streaming tails. Guppies live in groups ranging from a couple to the amount that can be placed in an aquarium.
They live in the upper layers of water. They are very active, can jump out, so it is better to have a special cover.
Parameters favorable for keeping fish:
- water volume from 30 l;
- temperature + 24—26 ° C;
- stiffness dH 10-25 °;
- acidity: pH 7.
They, like all inhabitants of domestic ponds, need light, aeration, water purification by filtration and weekly substitution of its part.
As mentioned earlier, representatives of the same family can be kept in the same aquarium. They are fully compatible. It is safe to populate guppies with all their pecillium brethren without fear for their health.
In addition, the conditions of existence of these fish are similar.
Petsilievyh, or gambusiyevy family include:
- alfaro turquoise;
Predatory fish such as African scalar, goldfish, discus, astronotus, cichlids can not only damage the luxurious tails of defenseless babies, but also destroy their offspring. For safety reasons, adults should not be settled in a single aquarium.
But while the scalars are at the stage of maturation, they may well be in the company of the guppy flocks.
Long-term, even centuries-old experience of studying the nature, characteristics of life activity of fish in captivity gave modern avkvariumistam information that will help determine the compatibility of fish. Using the verified data, you can without a doubt organize the accommodation of gupeshek with the following types:
They have relative compatibility with barbs, gourami, eels, labo. Most likely, pets will make friends if they spend together the time of growing up.
The aquarium in which the fish coexist with other equally beautiful creatures looks quite unusual. An example is shrimp. They are unpretentious, peaceful, moreover they bring enormous benefits – they eat leftover food, helping to maintain cleanliness.
There are many shrimp, differing in color: snowflake, glass, harlequin, cardinal, bee and others. They will complement the colorful world created by small fish.
Like any hobby, aquarism is a field for experimentation. Neither the author of the encyclopedia, nor an experienced amateur can unequivocally answer whether guppies get along with other fishes. Compatibility is a relative concept.
After all, even a cute little fish can show its character and arrange a rebellion against the same peaceful peaceful neighbors. Thus, to keep an aquarium filled with one species, or to combine with others is a deeply individual question.
Neons are characterized by calm behavior, and only during the spawning season they become overly active and cocky. Therefore, choose as your neighbors for them fish are not predatory, but omnivorous or herbivorous, balanced and not very playful.
There are a number of rules that are important to ensure that the compatibility of neons with other fish in the aquarium is the most successful.
Look at the successful version of the general aquarium with neons.
- Compatibility is possible between fish that live in the wild in a similar environment. Neon fish live in water at a temperature of 18-24 ° C, pH 5.5-7.5 pH, hardness 8-20o. Therefore, their neighbors in the aquarium should be adapted to the same parameters.
- Neon cannot be settled with large predators that feed exclusively on meat and carrion. Otherwise, peace-loving neons will become prey for them – the fins can be cut off, at a minimum.
- You can not settle in the general aquarium fish large and small, such an incompatibility can cause severe stress, or loss of bright body color.
- Choose neighbors, similar in temperament. Small and nimble fish will feel comfortable in the company of calm and not fast fish. What is it for? The fact is that the activity of fish can cause fluctuations in water, which can lead to stress.
- Neons are schooling fishes, not loners. They feel well in the company of the same kindred, the fish alone will not live long.
Neon get on well in the home pond with such aquarium fish: Pecillia (guppies, swordtails, mollies, placiums), speckled catfish, panda, tetra, danio rheo, labo, rastar, minors, gourami, iris, pulcheras, minors, hyacinths, sweaters, laboratories, rasomes, minors, gourami, iris, pulcheras, minors, marines, sweaters, minors, gourami, iris, pulcheras, minors, and fish. Consider compatibility with some fish in more detail.
See how well the scalar and neons get along in one aquarium.
Somiki corridor are excellent neighbors for small haracin ones, live together in the bottom layers of the aquarium, and collect remnants of uneaten food. The corridors are innocuous fish, also small and peaceful, they love to watch their neighbors without harming them.
Rasbory – can make an excellent company neon. Among them: the actual rasbory, boraras, microassemblies and trigonustigma, some of them belong to the family Karpovye.
Fishes of the Family Petsilievye (guppies, molly, sword-bearers, petsilia) – peacefully cohabit with haracin. Swordtails also have small body size, but males may be excessively active. It should be borne in mind that more than two swordtail males sometimes pursue smaller neighbors, especially during the spawning period.
With insufficient feeding, in the cramped, small place for swimming, the swordtails become unbearable. So that these fish do not terrorize small neons, the aquarium should be spacious, with a sufficient number of plants and shelters.
Neons are poorly compatible with such fish:
- Large catfish, cichlids, barbs, astronotus, cockerels, koi carps – those who live in cool water, or have a predatory, aggressive behavior.
- Goldfish – they live in cool water, and are aggressive towards bright fish and their offspring.
- Angelfish – can live with neons only under the condition that they all grew up with the age of young animals. But neon-stranger scalar will be perceived as food. Also during the mating season, the scalar will be aggressively inclined towards everyone, including these small fish.