Compatibility of aquarium fish with other fish
The compatibility of aquarium fish is a burning issue that many aquarists have. And it does not matter who you are - a novice aquarist or already experienced, when deciding whether to populate an aquarium, you automatically have passing experiences about the compatibility and compatibility of the fish with each other.
The compatibility of aquarium fish is a vast subject, controversial, purely individual for everyone. Therefore, around it there is a lot of debate, controversy and controversy. Well, let us try to systematize this question in this article and how to fully disclose it!
First, let's look at the basic rules for selecting aquarium fish.
- When choosing aquarium fish in the first place take into account their compatibility.
- eat fish not compatible together;
- eat fish relatively compatible;
- eat completely compatible;
- Choosing a specific type of aquarium fish in a pet store, evaluate their health status (fish should not be lethargic, pale, etc.)
Assess the degree of aggressiveness of a specific fish (even if this type of fish is peaceful, sometimes overly aggressive types are encountered, for example, this behavior is often found in gays of blue).
- When buying fish, consider their features and intraspecific aggression.
For example, for "harem" fish, one mate needs to take a pair of females and vice versa for such fish as danios or barbs you need to take a flock, in which males will prevail.Fish swim in different layers of water: someone in the lower layer, someone on average, and someone at the top.
So that your aquarium does not look empty, select fish living in different layers of water.Often this rule also works with relative compatibility of fish and even sometimes with non-compatibility. For example, zebrafish can get on with small and medium-sized cichlids, just because they are nimble and swim in the upper layers of the aquarium without interfering with the cichlids.
- When choosing and buying fish, be sure to consider the comfortable parameters of water for their maintenance. It is impossible to combine the fish with different requirements - one will be hot and the other cold, one needs soft water, and the other, on the contrary, harder.
- As a general rule, it is recommended to keep large fish with large, slow-moving with slow-moving, nimble and nimble.
- If there are "herbivorous" fish in your tank, consider this when buying plants. In this case, it is better to acquire artificial plants or hard-leaved plants, and the fish themselves to buy inexpensive plant species or breed duckweed.
- There is another rule! If the fish are relatively compatible, and you really really want "both this and that." Consider that it is best to buy and plant such fish in the aquarium at the same time with young (fry). In this case, the fish, though not very friendly to each other, but as they say they can "get used to."
I do not think that the above rules sparkle with innovation, but as a starting point in the discussion of compatibility of fish there are places to be.Now let's get straight to the issue of compatibility. As already mentioned, the fish can be divided into:
1. Compatible with each other;
2. Not compatible;
3. And relatively compatible.
With the first two points, everything is clear - the Goldfish family or neons will not last long with cichlids, or, for example, astronotuses perceive guppies and other small fish as live food. Conversely, guppies are friends with mollies and patzilia.
Full compatibility or incompatibility of fish due to the following features:
- family, squad, suborder of fish;
- the size of the fish;
- parameters of aquarium water and the conditions of the fish;
That is, if you combine in the aquarium fish from one family or about the same size, or with identical conditions of detention - then this will guarantee success! FOR THE EXCLUSION OF ONE, BUT !!!! Each rule has its exceptions.
I will give an example. Guppies and swordtails belong to the family of petsilians - viviparous fish, they are about the same size (almost, that is, those and those are not large fish. Swordbirds, of course, will be more than guppies) and the conditions of their contents are virtually identical. It would seem that the fish are absolutely compatible with each other. However, it is not. Despite the absolute similarity of the fish on the above criteria, skirmishes and fights can occur between them, swordtails can drive and bite the guppy's tail fins. Moreover, in this and the other species, intraspecific aggression is observed, which also adversely affects their joint content in the general aquarium.
At the same time, the Sword-bearers, the live-bearers and the scalar, are South American cichlids, who live peacefully together. Moreover, they look very beautiful together, especially if the swordtails are red, and the scalars are black, voile ones. Fish of different families, of different sizes, however, are absolutely compatible with each other.In the photo is an aquarium, clearly confirming the compatibility of the Sword and Angelfish
Based on the foregoing, you can not take for granted and pick up the fish, dividing them only by: size, type and conditions of detention. It is fundamentally wrong to group fish in a similar way and to say that fish from a certain group are absolutely compatible with each other. In other words, 100% guarantee of compatibility of purchased fish, nobody will give you, there are always nuances and features that you better know yourself and in advance.
In my opinion, a more interesting question is related to the relative compatibility of fish. Since it fully reveals the lit question and gives rise to reflection and discussion.
Often, such compatibility is possible in pp 4, 6 and 8 of the Rules indicated above, adhering to which one can sometimes achieve the striking "combination of incompatible".
To give a clear concept of relative compatibility, I will give an example from personal experience. Not so long ago, an article on Ternition was updated on our website, where it was stated that they are compatible with Bagging Som. When the article was ready and released on the “air”, I turned to the expert of our website for fish breeding - Vitaly Chernyavsky with a request to review the article. So, as a comment to the article, Vitaly expressed his opinion that the Ternetsia and Bagniferous soma are not compatible, since the latter are terrible aggressors and predators. To which I objected in surprise - as so, because in my aquarium the thorns have been swimming for a long time with two bag-tailed catfish and everything is fine between them. Our discussion is at a standstill, because the arguments that the expert cited did not correspond to the real situation in my aquarium.
The time has passed, and somehow, on the Internet, I was caught by the book of I.I. Sheremetyeva "Aquarium fish", 1989, where the author describes the natural habitat and behavior of fish in natural conditions. When I began to read a section of the book on the bag-wading catfish, my hair became on end. It turns out that these somas are not just predators, but "fierce killers." In their homeland, in Asia, they exterminate all the fish that are in their reservoir, and when no one is left, they crawl out onto dry land and crawl to the nearest new reservoir behind the “new victim”, while eating on land "insects and small frogs.
It turns out that Vitaly Chernyavsky was right, bag-haired catfish are really fierce beasts.
The most important paradox is that, along with thorns in my aquarium, along with catfish "killers", for six months I calmly swim the most innocuous live-bearers, radishes. Who does not believe, here is a photo.
THERE'S SO, THAT IS THE SAME VILLAGE OF FISH AND IS CALLED RELATIVE COMPATIBILITY How to achieve this? Well, firstly, do not go too far, secondly, clearly adhere to the previously stated rules, well, and third, perhaps the most important - you need to have experience, read and treat your pets and the aquarium as a whole in good faith. To reveal the individual compatibility of a specific aquarium fish is very difficult. To do this, you need to write a separate article for each type and at the same time take into account specific conditions of detention Therefore, if you have any questions, I OFFER TO DISCUSS THEM IN THE COMMENTS TO THE ARTICLE.
Summing up the article to a logical conclusion, I would like to finally draw the reader’s attention to the mistakes that aquarists make when combining fish.
The first and perhaps the most blatant violation of the compatibility of fish - this is the overgrowth of the aquarium !!! Every aquarium pet should live in a comfortable environment, and not in a "communal". Overpopulation of aquarium is a direct path to fights, injuries and death of any fish, even peaceful ones.
Second violation - This is not compliance with the conditions of detention and zoning of the aquarium. Containing fish, you need to take into account their specifics, their characteristics and character.For example, you can not contain wyunov akvantoftalmusov in an aquarium with coarse-grained soil. Aquantophthalmos are bottom-dwelling and love to dig in the ground, therefore sand or small pebbles are suitable as a substrate. On a large soil, they will "beat like asphalt", may be injured and die.
Zoning is to divide the aquarium into zones of influence. For example, in order to prevent scalar fights among themselves, it is recommended for each individual to zone an aquarium with plants - vallisneria.
And the third violation !!! Always remember that "We are responsible for those who have tamed." Improper maintenance of fish leads to dismal consequences. In bad conditions, the fish begin to fight for survival, fight and die.
Below is a table of compatibility of aquarium fish. She is often criticized by aquarists, however, as a guide she can serve well
Below are all other aquarium fish compatibility charts.
Additional material on the compatibility of aquarium fish
from our moderator Esta
So the joyful moment in the life of every aquarist has come - buying fish in an aquarium. The range of fish is very large and diverse. In this article I will try to focus on the basic rules of compatibility of aquarium fish. What would I pay attention to when buying fish?
Do not rely on the advice of sellers selling in specialized stores. Like any trade worker, it is important for them to sell as many goods as possible at the highest prices. Before purchasing a fish, you must first make a choice, write down the names of the fish you like, read basic information about your favorites on the content parameters and the behavior of the fish in the aquarium.
List of all aquarium fish alphabetically, with a link to the photo and description
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All about aquarium goldfish
Fish of Africa: Malawian tsikhidy and fish Tanganyki
The most beautiful aquarium fish: photo video review and description
Types and breeds of guppies with photo and name
All kinds of swordtails
Compatibility of fish in terms of content
There are cold-water and warm-water fish, fish that love soft water, and vice versa, hard-water fish. Fish that need thickets of living plants, and fish that tear, dig and eat all the plants in the aquarium. Many aquarists may argue that they say cold-water blue neons (temperature of 18-22 degrees) live well with the discus, which needs a temperature of 28-30 degrees.
I agree, they live, but with such a high temperature of water in the aquarium, all the life processes of neons are accelerated, their lifespan is reduced, which is already small - only 2-3 years with good conditions, as a result, neons quickly age and die.
COMPATIBILITY OF GOLDEN FISHES
Compatible guppies, what other fish get along with them?
Further, softwater fish, such as the American cichlids, will not feel comfortable in hard water. They will live, but be fruitful ... This is in doubt. I will make a reservation that there are exceptions to the rule: professional avkaryumisty easily breed an angelfish in those cities and regions where very hard water flows from the tap, with a hardness index of 30-35. But such a dilution requires experience and material costs associated with constant water softening (special preparations, for example: Tetra ToruMin, reverse osmosis installation, etc.)
Fish feel very well when an aquarist creates conditions for them that are close to natural. So it was with me when I changed the soil in the form of granite chips, which increased the rigidity of the aquarium water, to neutral soil in an aquarium with discus. The coloring of these wonderful fish, which are rightly called the Kings of the aquarium, has become brighter, the fish have become more mobile and the most important indicator is the formation of pairs and regular spawning.
Therefore, if you have very hard water flowing from the tap, consider buying hard-water fish, such as African cichlids, platillas, guppies, mollies, swordtails, etc.
Compatibility of fish with live plants. If you want an aquarium with a large number of living plants, then I do not recommend buying goldfish, African cichlids, labo, metinnis, tetragonopterus, African eels, tilapias, etc. Some fish perceive plants as food, others like to dig and dig up the soil, thus digging up the plants, damaging the tender roots.
This also applies to catfish, most of whom like to dig in the ground. Ancystrus, in the absence of herbal supplements in the diet, can damage the tender leaves of aquarium plants, filling them with a lack of plant foods.
Description and content of martin fish
Compatibility of fish size
The basic rule is this: it is recommended to keep large fish with large ones, and small ones with small ones. Any, even the most peaceful fish, will not miss the opportunity to eat another fish that fits in her mouth.
There is an opinion that if a large fish is planted in the aquarium with fry, then, growing, it will not offend its smaller neighbors. Alas, for me personally, such experiments have not justified themselves. When a larger individual grew, small fish went to her food.
South American cichlids
Compatibility of fish on the nature of food
This is rarely paid attention, but it would not hurt to take this indicator into account. There are herbivorous and predatory fish. Features of their power come from the name.
Any herbivorous fish will not give up animal feed, for example, bloodworms.
The peculiarity of herbivorous fish is that they have a small ventricle, the intestines are long, adapted for digesting plant foods.
If such fish are often fed with bloodworms, then over time problems with digestion and liver will begin.
This indicator is especially important to consider when compatibility of cichlids: the majority of African cichlids are animal-eaters, and their combined content with Tanganyki cichlids, trophaus, whose diet is algal fouling and other plant foods is not recommended.
Predatory fish, for example, the African black knife, it is better not to keep in one aquarium with small and peaceful fish. This nocturnal predator will hunt any fish that it can swallow.
From the aquarium with discus, I had to deposit one ancistrus. He, the only one of the three antsistrus living in this aquarium, stuck to the large body of the discus and injured him with a suction mouth. Such damage can be very dangerous for fish. What was missing in his diet? Fish scales? riddle. I think this is a feature of his character.
Compatibility of fish on the nature of behavior
This is a big and important topic. A number of fish are very aggressive, especially, aggression is manifested in the period of mating games, spawning and care for offspring. These fish include almost all tsikhlovye. Most cichlids are large, aggressive (very aggressive during spawning) and predatory fish. They in no case can not be combined with peaceful, small fish.
Cichlid - cichlids in the aquarium
Cychlasmas: species, content, compatibility, reproduction
Among the fish there are, for example, barbs, who will not miss the opportunity to tweak another fish at the fins. Therefore, they are not recommended to contain with veil fish that have beautiful and long fins.
Therefore, in the aquarium you need to keep fish of similar nature.
For example, frisky and playful fish danios, it is not appropriate to look next to the majestic discussions and scalars. With their sharp movements, they can scare the discus. Once, I became a witness of how, during a sudden movement around the aquarium, the discus darted in different directions, and one of them, quite noticeably, crashed into the glass of the aquarium, and the other, darted upwards, hitting the aquarium cover. By the way, this feature of discus, you need to consider when choosing the location of the aquarium. I want to note that my aquarium with discussions is installed in a very busy place of the apartment. After some time, the fish are accustomed to and do not react to sudden movements.
Selecting fish in an aquarium according to the nature of their behavior, do not forget to take into account such features that many fish like to hide in shelters. Необходимо обеспечить наличие в аквариуме укрытий в виде гротов и пещерок. Коряги в аквариуме, например, важны для сомов. Кроме укрытий, коряги являются и частью пищевого рациона. Для некоторых рыбок, которые любят зарываться в грунт, важна фракция этого грунта и его обработка.For such fish, sand with rounded edges is preferable.
There are a number of other parameters - the demands on lighting, the rate of flow of water in an aquarium: there are fish who love standing bodies of water, and fish that inhabit rivers with a fast current of water, the degree of salinity of water, etc.
I want to note that you can not stick with the choice of fish, only one of the compatibility parameters. You need to take them into account or try to take into account the complex. Do not forget when choosing fish to take into account the volume of your aquarium and the size of the fish in adult condition. It is important.
To facilitate the adaptation of fish, to new conditions, you can use the preparation, minimizing the stress of fish from transportation and relocation: Tetra AquaSafe, Tetra Vital, Tetra EasyBalance, Tetra Nitrate Minus.
In any case, the choice is always yours, this is your experience.
Most importantly, if you try to take into account the peculiarities of the content and behavior of the fish you choose, to create comfortable conditions for their existence, they will delight you for many years with their beauty and health, and many of them will delight you with numerous offspring!We also recommend you to look at the colorful brochure "Popular types of aquarium fish". This brochure contains all popular types of fish, with a description of their conditions of maintenance, compatibility, feeding + photos.
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Type of aquarium fish and compatibility of different species (table)
Getting a pet store, the newcomer is just lost - so many fish, they all like it in their own way, I want to settle in the new aquarium as many handsome men as possible. But the choice of neighbors has its own subtleties. Let's consider how aquarium fish are compatible with each other.
The species compatibility table clearly shows which animals are fully compatible with each other, incompatible, or partially compatible under certain conditions. Consider the principles on which the table is built.
- Conditions should be well suited for all inhabitants of the aquarium.
- You can not put together a predator and prey.
- Type of aquarium fish with a calm and sluggish nature should not coexist with fast and active fish. They'll starve and get stressed.
- The inhabitants of the aquarium should be proportionate. Even the most peaceful fish will eat everyone who fits into her mouth.
- Some fish show aggression and can attack both neighbors and members of their own species. It is necessary to take into account the peculiarity of behavior.
- One type of aquarium fish can not live without a flock of their own kind, the other - without a pair, and the third prefers loneliness. This should not be forgotten if you want to avoid fights or stress.
So, consider what types of aquarium fish are, some aspects of their content and compatibility. In one article it is impossible to describe all types of fish, so we will focus on the most popular representatives and the general characteristics of groups.
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.
That viviparous most often become the first pets beginners. Sword-bearers, mollies, platies, aquarium guppy fish. All types of viviparous are unpretentious in content, not aggressive, easily get along with other types of peaceful fish. In addition, a huge number of varieties and colors viviparous. More than 80 species of guppies, dozens of species of placiums, mollies, swordtails differ not only in coloring, but also in the shape of the body and fins.
Of course, in the content of viviparous there are some subtleties. Males of swordtails can be aggressive, therefore they do not recommend settling several males in one aquarium. And guppies can provoke barbs, thorns, angelfish, some gourams with their bright long tails.
Guppies - the smallest of viviparous, but larger molly, placium and swordfish can be settled with scalars, gourami, barbs. Neon, rasbora, cardinals, tarakatum, speckled catfish, corridors will be good neighbors for all.
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.
It is not easy even to list all the types and names of aquarium fish of the Haracin family. They are quite different from each other - this is the well-known neon, tetra, and Khujet's rare pikes, predatory piranhas, flying blazer-belly, and huge black pacu.
Tetras, phantoms, congos, ternas are very active, peaceful fish of medium and small size. They live in flocks, so do not purchase less than 7-10 individuals. Black neighbors, tarakatums, lyalius, speckled catfish, danios, cardinals, viviparous can be neighbors for them. Some tetras like to tear off other fins to other fish, so they need to be carefully kept with their tail fin.
Black, red and blue neons are peaceful little fishes. They need to settle with a flock of 15 individuals. Because of their small size, large fish are dangerous for neons, it is better to give preference to smaller and non-predatory neighbors - rasboram, small haratsinovym, apistogramma, clipped belly, live-bears, cardinals, iris, barbs.
Botsiya-clown, tiger and marble combat - large and very active fish. They prefer to live in a flock of 5 individuals. Get along well with other peaceful fish of medium and large sizes. They can tear off the veil fins. They eat plants and snails.
Botsi stay mostly at the bottom, occasionally rising in the middle layers of water. Therefore, it is better to supplement their company with fish that live in the upper layers. Good neighbors for fighting can be barbs, angelfish, danios, gourami, viviparous, rasbor, iris, labo, tetra.
Cherry barb is the most peaceful type of aquarium fish among its relatives. It will easily get along with small fish, but large and predatory neighbors can easily offend him. They contain a barb by a flock of 5 individuals, in the company of neons, rasbor, cardinals, danios, corridors.
As for the other types of barbs - Sumatran, fire, mutants, they are known as hooligans and bullies. Active fish that will not be offended will approach them as neighbors - danio rerio, ternets, congas, tetras, tarakatums, speckled catfish, cardinals. Fish that have long fins that will annoy barbecues - goslings, hyalus, will not work.
Danio - active small aquarium fish. Compatibility of species - the table shows that due to its size and peaceful nature, danios get along well with many fish. To keep them you need flocks of at least 5 individuals.
The list of good neighbors for danios is really extensive - viviparous, cockerels, angelfish, gourami, fighters, iris, rasbor, labo, tetra. All peaceful fish of small and medium size, which will not offend danios, are suitable.
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.
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.
The bottom is occupied by aquarium fish - catfish. Types of catfish are very diverse, they differ both in size and behavior. Consider the most common.
Shy platydoras will surely eat all the fish that fit into his mouth. Therefore, it can only be maintained with large fish, for example, cichlids.
Most often in an aquarium live ancistrus. Several antsistrusov can be kept only under the condition of a large aquarium, these fish are territorial. But to other species they are not aggressive, and very few people touch them either.
The corridors are another popular catfish species. They are kept in a group of at least 3 individuals, if they are eaten by space - 10-15. Fish are peaceful, but their large fish can eat. Ideal neighbors for corridors are tetras, rasbaras, danios, viviparins, dwarf cichlids. They do not like water with a temperature above 25 degrees, so it is not suitable for content with thermophilic species.
Tarakatum has a peace-loving nature and can coexist with peaceful fish and even with other catfish.
Red-tailed catfish can often be seen in pet stores, but this fish is not suitable for a common aquarium, as it grows very large - up to a meter, and simply eat all the inhabitants. It can live with commensurate fish, but the aquarium for a group of such large fish must be very large - from 1000 liters.
Glass catfish is well suited for a general aquarium, it can live with commensurate and small fish - neon, ramming, small gurus, Ramirezi apistogram, catfish. Large fish are dangerous for this peaceful catfish.
Pterigoplichts grow large, so neighbors must be matched - large cichlids, giant gourami, fish knives, polypteruses.
Compatibility of aquarium fish
In any interior aquarium adds elegance and comfort. Floating fish soothe and give pleasant emotions. Therefore, the content of this underwater world is not fashion, but the desire to decorate the atmosphere of your home in a special way. Any aquarist needs to be aware of the concept of compatibility of aquarium fish.
Choosing representatives of the underwater world for an aquarium, it is important to know that there are many fish species and each has its own habitat conditions, behavior, water requirements, etc. Therefore, the main thing is not to make the most common mistake - to try to keep predators and harmless fish together in one aquarium. . For example, aggressive cichlids are unlikely to get along with calm guppies. And this confirms the fact that the compatibility of fish in an aquarium requires close study.
Usually compatible aquarium fish is not difficult to pick up, but some novice aquarists attach little importance to this, and as a result unpleasant moments occur. So some representatives of the water kingdom can become dangerous not only for neighbors in the aquarium, but even for the owner himself, for example, electric eel or piranha. And some fish, such as pacu, red-tailed catfish - simply grow too large.
The task of an aquarist is to find out as much information as possible about a particular type that it is going to contain. After watching the video, literature, studying a special table of compatibility of aquarium fish should make a thoughtful and informed decision. In this case, is this or that fish suitable for an aquarium, will it be a good "neighbor", do they generally comply with all compatibility parameters.
Fish compatibility options:
Experts carefully studied the behavior and habits of fish. The analysis revealed the reasons why a certain type of fish may not be suitable for a particular aquarium. This means that the fish is too large for this tank or in comparison with the other fish living in this water "dwelling". Even if a large fish does not eat small ones, the younger brothers will feel uncomfortable. Scientificly speaking, the compatibility of fish in an aquarium is a rather thin area that does not tolerate trifles.
Fish should not be too small compared to other fish, as they can simply eat it. There are species of fish that require more territory than usual. For example, a parrot loves space. Paying attention to the compatibility of aquarium fish, you need to know the behavior of predatory fish. Some by nature eat other smaller ones. In their native element, their habitual habitat, such behavior is characteristic of the representative of the aquatic world who feed on fish. Many omnivorous individuals also eat other fish, smaller than themselves.
It so happens that the fish bites off other people's fins. Most often, this trend is observed if there are fish with long, bright fins in the aquarium. Or, on the contrary, the fish itself has a “unique image”, which is a temptation for some fish who have a habit of biting other people's fins. To study these points helps the table of compatibility of aquarium fish. These data will give important information about the behavior and character of the fish.
Aquarium fish compatibility chart
There are individuals that eat aquatic plants, and some are simply buried in the ground, thus the fish will constantly dig up plants. Studying the compatibility of fish in an aquarium, you should be aware of environmental factors:
- chemical composition of water
- its movement and temperature
All the nuances of habitat conditions of underwater pets matter and should be considered in general connection. Therefore, the compatibility table will help you find the perfect neighbors. Also such aggregated data will provide additional information about fish life.
Fish living in groups
Special attention should be paid to representatives of fish species that live in flocks in their usual habitats. Therefore, they will not tolerate loneliness, since the desire to gather in the doorposts at their genetic level. In nature, this is their way of protection from the predator. Some species of bottom fish, for example, the corridor and some loachworm, live in groups. And of course, here we are not talking about the compatibility of aquarium fish, but creating the conditions for their existence.
Choosing Aquarium Neighbors for Angelfish
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.
Compatibility table: scalar and other types
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 they are better kept separately.
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.
Compatible with mollusks and crustaceans
Snails are not indifferent to the environment clams. Eat everything they see. This does not apply to fish that attack them themselves. However, due to carelessness, the snails launched into the reservoir ate fish eggs. If there is one, the snail needs to be relocated, at least for a while.
As for crustaceans - crustaceans and shrimps, they and tsikhlovye may well cohabit, phlegmatically ignoring each other. Shrimps and crustaceans will not touch the angelfish, because it is a big fish. But the shrimp themselves are not harmless, they are natural predators. Amano shrimp and Macrobenchium tsikhlidki can not offend, but still watch for a start, what they live together. Also, Amano and Macrobenchium shrimps should be settled with scalars in a common aquarium from a young age. Young tsikhlovy fishes are more livable, than adults.
Aquarium shrimp can attack a sick angelfish - they feel weak, so wounds, scratches on the body of scaly ones are formed through the fault of a small creature. There were precedents that a large shrimp finished off and actually ate the weakened fish. Therefore, watch out for all pets carefully, so that everyone will stay alive and healthy.
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Who do goldfish get along with in the aquarium
The compatibility of goldfish with other types of fish is one of the necessary conditions for their harmonious life in a home aquarium. From the correct compatibility depends on the health of the fish, behavior, life expectancy. Before determining with which species of fish the content of goldfish is possible, many observations were made that began in the Middle Ages. Since the goldfish (lat. Carassius auratus) is one of the oldest aquarium pets, compatibility has long been tested, which allows settling it with other fishes without experience.
What affects compatibility?
- Decorative varieties of goldfish are very large creatures with a body size of 20 cm in length and more, therefore, a successful maintenance requires a reservoir with a volume of 50-80 liters per individual.
- This type of fish is slow and graceful, so more active neighbors will disturb them.
- "Cinderella" love to plow the ground, looking for food in it or digging up plants. Such a habit is common to all, so the water will become dirty and muddy in a short time. Fish that love crystal clear water will suffer.
- They are omnivorous - they eat live, frozen, vegetable food. Diet with neighbors in the aquarium should be the same.
- Goldfish can eat very small fish. As representatives of the carp family, they borrowed from their ancestors a tendency to eat small animals.
- Compatibility is also affected by their variegated, beautiful color, as well as lush and long fins. Content is not allowed with those species who are not averse to nibbling their sumptuous tail.
See how goldfish coexist with macrognatus, labo and thoracatum.
With whom is settlement possible?
Of course, the maintenance of goldfish is possible with representatives of the carp family. An important point - the fish of this family prefer cool water, not higher than 24 degrees Celsius (° C). Next to certain types of carp goldfish will look spectacular, and there will be less conflicts with relatives. Therefore, the optimal care of the fish will be provided by the same conditions of detention. Among the successful neighbors can be: Labo, danios, koi carps, crucians.
As for carp, koi is a wonderful fish, often grown in decorative ponds as an exhibition "exhibit". He will not offend a goldfish, but his appearance is so self-sufficient that it is better to settle it separately. As for the other fish of the carp family, they do not get along with the barbs, "zolotushki" races. The reason - these neighbors can become either predators for golden fish, or their prey.
Decorative catfish - small corridors and catfish - good neighbors for ornamental fish. They live in the lower layers of water, so they don’t bother anyone, but peacefully collect leftover food from the bottom, clean it of dirt, which is very much after a goldfish. However, one has to be careful - catfish are sluggish creatures, which can irritate a golden fish. You should not settle with catfish antsistrusami, they are an exception. The ancistrus is large in size, and the lush fins of the beauties can slam.
All breeds of Carassius auratus: voile tails, Veikins, Shubunkins, telescopes, Riukins, will quietly cohabit in a common reservoir. They are the same parameters of the aquatic environment, which simplifies the care of these fish. However, there is a lack in such a neighborhood - crossing may occur between some adult fish, and they will bring hybrid offspring. This is fraught with a distortion of the characteristics of the breed, which was taken for years. The constant crossing of different breeds will lead to the fact that in one generation of descendants fish will appear that are no different from river carp.
See how goldfish with angelfish behave in an aquarium.
It is better to settle Carassius auratus alone - and so she is self-sufficient, is the queen of aquariums. Caring for one goldfish does not give you trouble. But if you want to take a chance - you can settle it with other fish, but watch out for the consequences. Sometimes all pets get along fine, but there are exceptions.
Who does not need to settle?
Representatives of the Kharatsinov family are not ideal neighbors for "cinchies". Neons, tetras, rhodostomuses, minors are small fish that carp can easily eat. They may get used to each other at the age of young, but later irreversible consequences will occur. But if you plan to settle goldfish not with small, but with large tetras - diamond or congo, then this neighborhood will be successful.
Labyrinth fish - not suitable as neighbors for ornamental goldfish. The first reason - labyrinths (gourami, lyalius) love warm water more than cool water. The second reason is that the labyrinth live an active way of life; they can engage in fights with veil-tailed fish, touching their fins. Theoretically, the compatibility of the Cinderella with the Ktenopome is possible, but it floats in the lower layers of the water, and the annoying neighbor with a long tail may simply not like her.
Cichlids - settlement in one aquarium is impossible due to the difference in temperature regimes of content and nature peculiarities. Cichlids are territorial fish, rather large and sometimes aggressive. Habitat cichlids are tropical regions of the globe, where the water is warm and clean. Goldfish are the descendants of freshwater crucian carp that inhabit temperate latitudes. Therefore, such a neighborhood for both species will be unusual. Because of this, compatibility with scalars is also unacceptable.
Goldfish: compatibility with other fish
Very often, beautiful decorative goldfish are the very first pet beginner aquarists. But before you start them at home, you should definitely consider the compatibility of these beauties with other typical inhabitants of aquariums.
Effect of species behavior on compatibility
As with all other representatives of aquatic fauna, the behavior and compatibility of all ornamental crucians are closely related. As for the goldfish in particular, the debate about its compatibility has been going on for a long time, but theorists and practitioners of aquarists cannot make a definite conclusion.
Decorative goldfish are large enough (20-25 cm in length) individuals for pets, and, therefore, an aquarium for their successful life needs a large, with a capacity of 50 liters per individual. For a couple - 80-100 liters.
It would seem that such a space contributes to the combination of several species, but for this there are several serious obstacles.
- First of all, "zolotushki" somewhat slow. Smaller, nimble fish will no doubt take their food away from them.
- And, on the contrary, in the vicinity of the same large sluggish species, decorative crucians will pounce on food, trying to eat every last crumb. Neighbors are unlikely to get something.
Another feature of the behavior is the habit of rummaging in the ground in search of food. This happens very often, entailing the rise of silt and turbidity of water. Not every "neighbor" will like it.
Omnivorous goldfish. At home, they eat live, dry or frozen food, as well as vegetable food. If the neighbors in the aquarium are small fish, then gradually they will be eaten by "scoops" who are constantly in search of food.
Decorative carp has a bright appearance: large dorsal and ventral fins, luxurious tail. Experienced aquarists confirm: veil-shaped fins are very often the object of attack by aggressive "neighbors", even if they are smaller in size.
Thus, the desire to run other ornamental fish to gold often encounters a number of unsolvable problems.
Compatibility of goldfish with cichlids
Practice shows that such a neighborhood is impossible. And this is due to the natural aggressiveness of almost all tsikhlovyh.
Even if cichlids are herbivores of the same size as goldfish, then races around the aquarium are inevitable.
In some sources you can find information about the peaceful living in the general aquarium of goldfish and South American tsihlazom, however, clashes between them are inevitable. Especially if the fish are hungry.As for the fairly common astronotus, he considers the "gold" exclusively as an additional dish for his lunch.
Compatible with labyrinth
Theoretically, such a neighborhood is possible. There may not be bloody battles with gourami or laliliusi, but these brisk fish simply will not allow the phlegmatic "little balls" to live in peace.
If we take into account the nature of the fish, then joint maintenance with calm Ktenopomes may be suitable. However, they lead a near-bottom lifestyle, and they clearly do not like the activity of bright decorative crucians, constantly digging up something at the bottom of the aquarium.All these factors raise some doubts about the feasibility of such a neighborhood.
"Zolotushki" and haratsinovye
Unpretentious, peace-loving tetras and neons could get along peacefully with goldfish. In principle, this is what happens when golden fry are launched into the aquarium to these popular representatives of the family of the Haracin.
As a rule, peaceful coexistence ends when goldfish grow to their normal size and begin to consider small neons, rhodostomus or minors as an additive to the usual diet.
If the neighborhood is so necessary, then it is better to keep in the general aquarium larger tetras - congos or brilliant ones, which may well get along with bright decorative crucians.
There is a positive experience of such content, but only with certain types of carp. The goldfish itself is a decorative species of the carp family, so the neighborhood is quite possible with almost all danios or small labo, for example. On the other hand, such distant relatives in the family, such as rasbora, "zolotushki" can easily eat.
But from the thoughts on the joint living of the popular Sumatran barbs and the "gold" it is better to give up immediately: the aggressive "Sumatrans" will constantly attack them, biting their fins.
Aquarium cohabitation is allowed with large koi carp. However, this handsome self-sufficient, he does not need any neighborhood.
Goldfish and ornamental catfish
Experts say that in this case we can expect quite decent compatibility. Small aquarium catfish (tarakatums or corridors) do not consider “gold” as rivals, they are too calm and slow for this.
An exception can only be ancistrus or catfish-sucker, which hunts at night. Having stuck to a goldfish, this catfish can fairly beat it.
Some experts argue that the proximity to catfish will even be useful for the aquarium biotope, as the "bulls" leave behind a lot of garbage, which can quickly decompose, and the catfish are, by nature, bottom cleaners.
Compatibility of goldfish species
From the point of view of behavior and calmness in a water hostel, in this case there will be no problems. Comets, voilehwosts, shubunkins, wakins, telescopes and richens will live peacefully in a common company.
But here another problem arises: the state of the offspring. Individuals of different subspecies will begin to interbreed with each other and give hybrids. Thus, the breed will be spoiled, and the centuries-old efforts of Eastern breeders will go down the drain. If this process is not stopped, then a rather rapid transformation of goldfish back into ordinary carp will occur.
So, with whom it is better to combine elegant goldfish? There is only one answer, with which all experts agree: with no one. In a species aquarium, goldfish of the same breed will be calm, comfortable and safe.
What fish do the angelfish get on with in the aquarium?
To date, the choice of aquarium fish is very large. It all depends on your preferences and financial capabilities. But for a beginner aquarist it is necessary to choose unpretentious fish, with a calm character and good relations with other inhabitants. Many newcomers love the angelfish for their beauty and grace, combined with leisure. However, for the content in the aquarium is not the easiest fish. An important factor is the knowledge - with whom the scalar live well.
Angelfish are a very common type of aquarium fish belonging to the tsikhlovyh family. Almost every amateur - aquarist can see these colorful, very graceful fish. The birthplace of the angelfish is South America, namely, calm, often standing bodies of water with dense vegetation.
In appearance, these are rather large fish, wild individuals have a fairly calm color of silver with black stripes. Their body is flattened in the form of a crescent. The nature of this color and body shape were provided as a defensive reaction: the dark stripes allow you to be invisible among underwater plants, the flat shape allows you to quickly and smoothly maneuver between them.
But the great advantage of this type of fish is that they are rather successfully and multifacetedly modified in the process of selection. So there were leopard, diamond, zebra, marble, gold and many other types of these fish. Their size is very large, about 15 centimeters, but may be more. The life expectancy of an angelfish is up to 10 years, but with good care this period of time can increase significantly.
To feed they are quite unpretentious, they feed on all its varieties. It is better to choose food that does not sink, since the angelfish mostly float near the surface, and will not collect it from the bottom. You need to feed 2-3 times a day. Do not overfeed in any case, as they are prone to obesity. This may lead to the impossibility of reproduction. It is useful even to arrange a fasting day for them once a week.
Another undoubted advantage is the affordable price of scalar, their relative simplicity in content, high probability of reproduction. These fabulously beautiful fish willingly get along with a lot of other representatives of the underwater world.
It should be borne in mind that the scalar is a predatory fish, therefore, almost all small fishes settled to it will be perceived as food. And for larger fish of the predator family, the scalar herself can become an object of hunting. Especially if you take into account its slowness when combined with a calm character. Another point is to move neighbors to these fish better from a young age; if they grow up together, they can coexist peacefully throughout their lives.
List of good neighbors
Let's look at what kind of fish can live with scalars in an aquarium?
- SomicsPractically all get along with these calm and sluggish fishes. Somiks are bottom dwellers, the angelfish simply will not notice them, since they absolutely do not care for the aquarium bottom. These fish live well together in the aquarium.
- CichlidsAlthough they belong to the same species, the ideal symbiosis is not always obtained. It would seem, relatives, what should they share? But the thing is that in contrast to the scalar, other representatives are more nimble and more aggressive. Most often, fights occur because of a place at the trough. There is a high probability of a certain confrontation between stronger fish from different schools in the aquarium.
- Barbusses.Very often it is advised to move the barbs. This is quite justified, they live well together. But there are several points: the temper of the barbs is significantly different, they are more active, they can easily leave scalar without lunch. Also because of their activity, these fish can offend calmer cichlids, and sometimes even manage to bite off their fins. Therefore, when you obselenie need to carefully observe their behavior.
- Gourami.These fish are also quite large in size and, together with the scalars, create a beautiful composition in the general aquarium. But you need to settle them together from the young age, then problems should not arise. Otherwise, you can not count the representatives of both species.
- Danio.It is believed that danios can easily coexist with scalars. Yes, it is possible. But it is possible that in the absence of light, scalaries can easily open up a hunt for them with the purpose of eating. Although danios are not that simple either. If this happens, they develop a reflex, and with the onset of the night the fish in the aquarium hide closer to the bottom.
See how the pink angelfish and danios get along together perfectly.
- PequillyExcellent live in the same aquarium. Angelfish more often than not just notice the representatives of this species. Therefore, these fish will be excellent neighbors.
- The irisFully compatible, when taken into account, if they grow with scalars since childhood. Although sometimes you can miss a pair of iris in an aquarium.
- GuppyWith varieties of guppies, scalars can get along, but they can - not. If they are lodged together with fry, then most likely they will be quite comfortable. But of course, newborn fry will be eaten by angelfish. But it is worth remembering that adult guppies are also sinning this way, so this is not an indicator for separate coexistence in an aquarium.
- NeonsThey can live together, since neons live mainly on the bottom, for cichlids they are invisible, but if they often catch the eye, then these predators can easily get a grudge like very small fish.
- Labo and tetras.It is believed that the union is quite possible if these little fish have grown together.
- Pseudotropheus.In practice, they showed good livability with scalars, but nevertheless there were cases when pseudo-feitas gnawed fins on other fish. So you need to observe their behavior in the aquarium.
Such fish as goldfish, piranhas, discus, and astronotus will not be suitable for scalar neighbors.
In general, it is impossible to claim perfect compatibility with any particular species. It is difficult to give a guarantee on what fish this or that species will live well with. Each fish has its own character, temperament, behavior. Therefore, it is impossible to predict how they will behave in any given situation. When purchasing neighbors to already living individuals for your aquarium, it is better to agree with the store in advance about a possible return if an incompatibility occurs.
Watch closely for the behavior of the fish during the day. Just in case, prepare a place in an additional aquarium or a container with water in order to separate the fighters in time.
Look at the common aquarium with scalar.
Instead of conclusion
Important conditions of detention. If the aquarium is spacious, there are enough secluded places for smaller fish, and the fish feed regularly and balancedly, then there are fewer reasons for aggression, each species simply lives its own life. Try to create the most favorable conditions for the inhabitants of your aquarium. In this case, they will please you, have a positive effect on health and emotional state, prevent the appearance of neurosis and depression, and also help your children to develop.
Choosing neighbors for aquarium shrimp
Freshwater aquariums are very colorful. Planted plants, among which ornamental fish, snails, crayfish and shrimps swim and play, make it a real water garden.
Is the crustacean content appropriate in a fish tank? Aquarists recommend carefully choosing fish that can be placed in an aquarium with freshwater shrimp. Proven compatibility of shrimp with guppies, some species of catfish, danios.
For many freshwater fish, shrimp are a delicious delicacy. If you want to create in the walls of your own home a friendly water nursery, where there is no place for hunting and feud, read the information about who the shrimp content is acceptable to.
It is known that in the wild nature shrimps use protective color masking, and there are more places to hide. The most popular aquarium types of shrimp: cherries (cherry), blue, white, lemon (yellow) shrimp. The main rule when choosing fish neighbors - if the mouth of the fish is larger than the shrimp itself, then the latter will be eaten for sure! Consider separately the conditions of these species and those freshwater inhabitants with whom you can settle the shrimp in the aquarium.
Who can coexist with?
Shrimp cherry, or cherry - perhaps one of the most popular inhabitants of shrimp. Their compatibility with other fish has long been proven. Cherry can be kept with peaceful and non-aggressive fish. But if you want to keep everyone in the same water reservoir, study the behavior of small fish in advance.
Cherry shrimps get along well with guppies, microassemblies, danios - compatibility has been tested by experienced distributors. So that the fish do not injure the shrimp, the latter must be fed so that food gets into the thick of the plants. There the fish will not get, not delivering discomfort to small neighbors.
Look at a flock of cherry shrimp.
Equip an aquarium with a large number of thickets - if aggressive species of fish and cherry live in the same space, then thick “tropics” will become a good shelter. Another thing is that the kids you almost never see.
Cherries from stress can rebound sharply to the side, so lightning that a very mobile fish does not have time to catch prey. From the constant running around cherries are very tired, which will affect their health and complicate the content. In addition, if guppies and danios are kept in the shrimp, no offspring should be expected, since cherries still consider strangers as potential enemies.
Cherry gets along well with other types of non-aggressive shrimp, but here it is necessary to avoid interspecific crossing. The only thing that will hurt is that larger crustaceans can take food from them. But all shrimps with each other are relatively peaceful, let even youngsters eat. Neighbors must be commensurate with each other.
Neighbors for Yellow Pearl Shrimp
Yellow (lemon) shrimp, or Yellow shrimp (other names - canary, yellow pearl) is a small freshwater shrimp 2.5-3 cm in size, is the result of the selection of several species. The only kind that has a pure yellow body. Some razvodchiki jokingly call it "radioactive" because of the poisonous yellow hue.
A hardy look that does not require special water parameters and strict conditions of detention. With age, they are less noticeable - repainted in acid-orange color. You can keep in the same aquarium with small shrimps and small fish. Year-round breeding and walking with a caviar bag, so you need to put in the aquatic habitat a lot of thickets where the fish do not fall.
As a bottom accessory, snags, Javanese moss are perfect: they form algae and bacteria, where the fry hide. "Yellow Pearl" likes to actively swim in the water, going through the sand and plants. While canaries eat well, they will not touch the plants, but if they eat a poor diet, they turn into caterpillars, eating all the greens.
You can keep in the same aquarium with guppies and danios, that is, fish that will not cause harm. With catfish and goldfish, it’s not worth keeping, there have been cases of attacks on canaries. Without fear you can keep with other small shrimp species.
With whom to settle the blue tiger shrimp?
Blue tiger shrimp (Blue tiger shrimp) is a relatively recent inhabitant of aquariums, was selectively bred in 2007. It is impossible not to see among the living variety of home aquarium! They are direct descendants of Caridina cantonensis sp. Tiger, bred by selecting individuals with intense blue color. Interestingly, not all descendants of these "hybrids" have the same color.
See how blue tigers eat.
If you are going to contain them with other crustaceans, make sure that different species do not interbreed with each other. Adults grow up to 2.5-3 cm in length. Can be kept in a common aquarium, but better in a separate species shrimp of 20 liters. No other fish should be present. Large stones, snags and abundant vegetation will create comfortable living conditions for them. If you are going to breed a blue tiger, the more you will need a separate tank.
Living conditions for the white pearl shrimp
"White Pearl" refers to the genus Neocardin. It was bred in Germany by the famous breeder W. Goshalkom. The shrimp's progenitor is the wild Neokardina heteropoda.
The maximum length of an adult individual is 2.5 cm. Small, translucent crustaceans are almost imperceptible in an aquarium, their outlines are noticeable only against the background of abundant vegetation. Not demanding on the parameters of water, but in one tank they can not be kept with aggressive fish. The character of the White Pearl is calm, peaceful and adequate. At the first molt they can be eaten by fish neighbors, therefore there are rules for settling in a nursery.
A sufficient amount of moss and aquatic greens should be planted in an aquarium of 30-50 liters so that individuals of the White Pearl can hide. They are constantly digging in the aquarium sand, exploring its bottom. White neocardines should be settled in 10-20 immediately, they are comfortable in the pack.
Fine neighbors for them will be small nano-fish such as micro-assemblies, zebrafish and guppies. The only large fish that can peacefully cohabit with shrimp are chain mail catfish (otsinklyus and bariancistrus).
In suitable living conditions, female shrimp will almost always be pregnant and produce healthy offspring that no one will eat. When shrimp settle, consider the water parameters that are suitable for both nano-fish and shrimp. Choose bulk containers. Remember, small ornamental crustaceans live with other types of shrimp of similar sizes and with very small fish.