maintenance, care, compatibility
Who do the scalar get on with? What fish do the angelfish live with?
The mysterious world of the aquarium attracts many people. How wonderful after work to sit and watch the unhurried flow of life of its inhabitants.
To avoid dramas in the blue waters, you need to carefully consider the choice of fish, today we will talk about who the scalar gets on with.
The scalar is not too fastidious and quite livable with many underwater inhabitants. Does not dig and does not spoil the plants, like other cichlids, in particular beauty chromis.
The soil is not her element, the scalar will not dig it up and raise dregs. But these fish are demanding on the chemical composition, the degree of pollution and the level of oxygen in the water.
This is a schooling fish, so if you decide to start them, take several individuals at once. One she often dies in the first days after the purchase, as if not worrying about her loneliness.
When choosing a composition for your aquarium, first of all pay attention to the size of the fish. Scalaria grows large enough and, like any cichlid, can taste something smaller on a tooth. Therefore, it is better to take at once all the inhabitants of the fry than to run the young to the already adult individuals.
Another point: these fish are very slow, and therefore bright neons are well co-located with them.
The first of those with whom the scalar gets along is soms, on the other hand, no one quarrels with them at all. Each of them has its own area.
Whatever fish you have brought, they will completely ignore the presence of bottom catfish.
Angelfish and barbs are often recommended as ideal neighbors. They have almost the same requirements for temperature, hardness and acidity.
But the temperament is different, and nimble barbs are quite capable of leaving leisurely fish without lunch. Again, it depends on the nature of the specific fish caught by you.
Some live very amicably, but somewhere barbs are taken to drive cichlids.
Another win-win is scalar and gourami. This composition looks very bright, all the fish are quite large (which imposes the appropriate requirements for the size of the water area). If you take the fish fry, then problems, most likely, will not arise.
Adults gourami can sometimes shake only the imperfections of the scalar by the tails and fins.
Often among fans there are disputes about whether the scalar and guppy will get along.
In fact, this is really lucky. Peace-loving individuals have been caught by someone, and small fish continue to swim peacefully, while for others the cichlids quickly figured out how to corner them and have a snack.
If all fish are bought at an early age, the aquarium is big and there are shelters, then, most likely, life will pass peacefully and calmly.
Seasoned aquarists emphasize the tranquil neighborhood of the angelfish and danios, and, in addition, placium is considered to be one of the most accommodating. Labo, tetra, discus, swordtails, roosters and iris are also well suited.
Despite the fact that they themselves belong to this family, they get along badly with other cichlids. Often the angelfish are slower and calmer, and therefore may themselves suffer from distant relatives. They are incompatible with goldfish.
Large predators, like piranha, are intended only for individual content.
Telescopes can not be settled together with flat beauties, quickly losing sight, they will die. By the way, not only cichlids love to beat out their eyes.
If you add any new species to the aquarium, even if you are sure that it is precisely those with whom the angelfish gets along, be sure to closely observe the behavior of the fish. If you notice aggressive behavior, dangling fins and tails, then it is better to evacuate the affected fish and give in good hands.
About the fact that the angelfish is undesirable to keep with goldfish, we have already said. Let us explain: cichlids are thermophilic, the same, on the contrary, like cool water.
In addition, goldfish are big gluttons, they clog up the aquarium badly and like to dig the ground, and the scalars do not tolerate dirty water.
Do not keep together herbivorous fishes (tilaria, hemigramus, viviparous) and predators, which include scalar. Mixing different foods can badly affect the state of water and the health of its inhabitants.
Breeding period: how the behavior of the angelfish
Answering the question about who the scalar gets on with, we note the following points. It should be heat-loving fish, as cichlids do not tolerate temperatures below 23 degrees.
It is desirable that the neighbors are not too small, that is, predators do not fit in the mouth. Buying too large and aggressive individuals is fraught with unpleasant consequences for the angelfish themselves (an example can be astronotus). Fish should be tolerant of soft water.
This condition is not suitable for everyone; Malawian cichlids automatically fall out of the selection list.
Angelfish are peaceful aquarium fish, which in some countries are called “angel fish”. As representatives of the Cichlid family, they still possess the predator instinct.
Is scalar compatibility with other fish possible? This is a controversial issue, since even schematically acceptable compatibility can end in disrepair for any aquarium fish.
If you grow an angelfish with other fish, starting at a young age, they will get along in the future.
The main rule is not to settle them with predatory, fast and aggressive fish and those smaller in size. Who fits in the mouth, those scalar will eat.
The compatibility of these aquatic organisms with: catfish, pseudotrophy, danios, petillia, labo and tetras has been proven. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the species compatibility table, which does not guarantee a peaceful settlement in one aquarium, but gives an idea of who the scalars usually get along with.
Also the maintenance of this fish is permissible with those who will ignore its bright appearance, not to wag the fins. The first time after the launch of the fish in the tank, follow their behavior. If there are quarrels, fights, other forms of rivalry, immediately settle the roommates.
Consider buying an additional tank.
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.
What fish live with angelfish: neighbors for angelfish
Angelfish, though predatory, but rather peaceful fish. In a spacious aquarium and with enough food, they will not touch the smaller fish.
So with the participation of the scalar, you can easily create multi-species aquariums.
You can keep an angelfish in a flock or pair. A good company they will make non-aggressive fish.
The main thing is not to allow hooligans who will tear off thread-like fins to the aquarium – this not only spoils the appearance of the fish, but also causes pain and inconvenience. Too fast fish will also not be good neighbors for scalar, as they can leave them without food and make them restless.
Ideal neighbors for an Angelfish are guromi and mezonauts. These fish belong to the dwarf cichlid, as well as the scalar.
Neons, tetras, guppies can become victims of a hungry scalar, so it is better not to settle them together. How to choose neighbors for your pets?
The diamond cyclosome is not suitable for scalaria. This is a rather evil and aggressive fish – it will attack the scalar and may harm it.
A geophagus would have been a good fit for the scalar, but it can prevent the scalar from moving freely. Happily and happily your fish will live with apistograms, which have no territorial claims, are calm and non-aggressive.
What kind of fish live scalar? It is best to dwell on sword-bearers, patsilias, guramias, molyneses, and terntions: these fish are easy to maintain, the conditions for which are similar to those required for scalaries. Fish have a similar temperament, will not interfere with each other and spoil life.
Of these, you can safely build a multi-species aquarium. The latter is also well complemented somiki corridors.
When choosing neighbors for the scalar, it is important to adhere to several rules: exclude bullies, biting fins, fast fish that irritate the scalar, and small fish that the scalar can eat.
Selection of neighbors for scalar is a responsible and complex matter. You can always opt out of a multi-species aquarium with angelfish and settle a beautiful adult couple separately.
Angelfish – one of the most popular aquarium fish. Interesting colors, unusual body structure and, moreover, the rather good compatibility of the angelfish with other fish make them very attractive pets.
It is about the latter and I would like to talk today.
Angelfish get along well with almost all peace-loving fish. But with some species only theoretically compatible, in practice, the picture is somewhat different.
So let’s take a closer look at a few examples of possible neighborhoods.
Barbus fish are relatively not aggressive, very mobile and fast. Such fuss is not particularly enjoy the rather slow scalar.
In addition, having settled in, the barbs may well be interested in long attractive scalar fins and thoroughly pat them. Especially black and Sumatran barbs are prone to such hooliganism.
But if all the fish are bought at the same time and from a very early age live in the same aquarium, then a peaceful neighborhood is quite possible. Another important factor here is the volume of your aquarium: if there is enough space, algae and secluded corners, then most likely these types of fish will not be particularly interested in each other.
And the scalar and goldfish are very popular among aquarists, but to keep them together will not work for several reasons:
- goldfish prefer cooler water than scalar;
- scalaries are very demanding on the purity of water, and gold ones very quickly pollute it;
- these fish have different characters, and the grown-up angelfish can quite spoil the fins of goldfish.
These two types of aquarium fish will become very good neighbors. In the scalar and discus, similar conditions of detention and food preferences: both species are prone to overeating, so you need to strictly monitor the quantity and quality of food. In addition, a flat disc-shaped body shape similar to a “crescent” scalar of a discus and it is also very difficult for them to collect food from the bottom.
So discus, like scalar, will be happy special feeding trough. The only condition is the presence of a large aquarium, as discus fish are schooling fish, it is better to contain 5-6 individuals, and even adult angelfish have decent sizes and love space.
Angelfish and other fish
Guppy smaller in size angelfish, and therefore they are not the best neighbors for large neighbors. After all, the angelfish tend to take the fish less than themselves as food and may well swallow all guppies.
Sword and scalar can quite peacefully live together with each other, if the swordtails are not very interested in the long fins of the scalar. To better guarantee peaceful coexistence, it is advisable to keep them together from an early age.
Angelfish and cockerels also a pretty good neighborhood option. Usually, these species of fish live by themselves, without paying much attention to their neighbors. Males will rather distort each other (especially males) than with scalars.
True, during spawning the scalar may become too aggressive, protecting offspring, and pounding cockerels. In order to avoid this, there should be enough water plants and secluded places in the aquarium for shelter and solitude.
Angelfish are quite friendly fish, but there are a number of exceptions that must be considered so that none of your pets are hurt. And one of the main conditions concerning all compatibility options is an aquarium of the required volume.
Even for only 1-2 pairs of angelfish, an aquarium with a volume of 60 liters is needed, and taking into account the neighbors, this figure increases significantly. This must be remembered when deciding on the choice of fish.
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.