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    Wednesday, 20 September 2006

    What fish can I put with my Guppies?


    These fish are community fish and are generally safe to put them with your guppies.

    Barbs and Rasboras

    These are an active and colourful addition to any community tank. Not all are peaceful, and some grow quite large, but the species listed opposite are ideal for the general community tank. (Please refer to link below for species of fish safe for guppy tanks)

    Corydoras catfish

    Cory's are small, peaceful catfish which are ideal for the community aquarium. The commonly available species are generally hardy and easy to breed.


    Hardy, active shoaling fish with no special requirements.

    Some types of danios will nip at fins [need to be in schools]some type do not go in community tanks like
    Giant Danios.

    Dwarf Cichlids

    Unlike many of the larger cichlids, the dwarf cichlids from South America, and some from Africa, are generally peaceful, and only become territorial when a pair are spawning. Most only grow to around 2" (5cm) long.

    Keep in mind, most cichlids ( because they are generally really good parents ) will generally kill off of mame other fish in the area when they are breeding.


    The commonly available and very popular Livebearers are generally hardy and easy to breed ( Guppies, Platties, Mollies)


    The peaceful loach species make an interesting addition to the community aquarium. Note that some other species of loach can be aggressive.


    Rainbow fish are colorful and active shoaling fish, which are often overlooked as community fish, probably partly because the juveniles seen in the fish store are not showing their impressive adult coloration. Dwarf species are suitable for smaller tanks.

    Suckermouth catfish

    (Small species)

    The suckermouth catfish, Hypostomus plecostomus, is a tropical fish belonging to the armored catfish family (Loricariidae), named for the armor-like longitudinal rows of scutes that cover the upper parts of the head and body (the lower surface of head and abdomen is naked). Although the name Hypostomus plecostomus is often used to refer to Common plecs sold in aquarium shops, most are actually members of other genera.

    In the aquarium, this dark colored bottom-feeding nocturnal catfish is often purchased for its ability to clean algae from fish tanks. Being nocturnal, they usually avoid light and like to hide in dark places, coming out to feed at night. However, in aquaria, they can easily learn to be active in the daytime. They are hardy fish and can tolerate a range of conditions. In their natural habitat, this species feeds on algae, aquatic weeds and other plant matter and small crustaceans.- wikipedia



    A small shoal of tetras will contribute little to the waste load of the tank. There are many smaller, peaceful species which are suitable for the community tank where there are no fish large enough to eat them. There are also a few larger tetras suitable for the community tank.


    Information Source -guppiecouple



    Fish that are TOTALLY safe


    Neon Tetra

    The neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) is a freshwater fish of the characin family (family Characidae) of order Characiformes. The type species of its genus, it is native to blackwater or clearwater streams in southeastern Colombia, eastern Peru, and western Brazil, including the tributaries of the Solimões. Fish are collected in warm-flowing (21–29°C) clear and blackwater streams, but never in whitewater rivers of Andean origin. Its bright colouring makes the fish visible to conspecifics in the dark blackwater streams, and is also the main reason for its popularity as a tropical fish.- wilkipedia




    Cardinal Tetra

    The cardinal tetra, Paracheirodon axelrodi, is a freshwater fish of the characin family (family Characidae) of order Characiformes. It is native to the upper Orinoco and Negro Rivers in South America.

    Growing to about 3 cm (1.25 in) total length, the cardinal tetra has the striking iridescent blue line characteristic of the Paracheirodon species laterally bisecting the fish, with the body below this line being bright red in color. The cardinal tetra's appearance is similar to that of the closely related neon tetra, with which it is often confused; the neon's red coloration extends only about halfway to the nose, however.- wilkipedia




    Rummynose tetra
    (other small tetras)

    The rummy nosed tetra, Hemigrammus rhodostomus, is a species of tropical freshwater characin fish originating from South America, popular among fishkeepers as an aquarium fish. one of many small tetras belonging to the same Genus, it is a 5 cm long fish when fully grown, and is a long established favourite among tropical fishkeepers. The fish is one of several very similar species including Hemigrammus bleheri Géry & Mahnert 1986, and Petitella georgiae Géry & Boutiére 1964, and it is possible that more recently collected specimens available in the aquarium trade are members of one or other of these alternative species. The common name applied to most of these fishes is "rummy nosed tetra", though other common names are in circulation (such as "firehead tetra" for H. bleheri, according to FishBase).-  wilkipedia



    Mollies are considered live bearers and in the same family of Swordtails, Platies and guppies. these fish are very easy to breed even for a novice aquarist and it is easy to tell the females from the males. In fact most of the colors you see in mollies today are a result of the breeding practices of people who raise them.- Fish Tank Guide






    Poecilia wingei, known to aquarists as Endler's guppy or Endler's livebearer is a species of fish in the genus Poecilia, native to the Paria Peninsula, Venezuela.

    It is a colorful fish, similar to (and closely related to) the guppy. It has been collected by a small handful of people over the years, including John Endler, whose stock was the first to make it to the aquarium trade. Though it is rare in pet shops, it is still seen from time to time today in the aquaria of enthusiasts.

    They are prolific breeders like their guppy relatives. They can be crossed with guppies, but the hybrid offspring are fertile and considered to dilute the gene pool and so this is avoided by fish breeders. Many fish sold in pet stores as Endler's livebearers are actually these hybrids.-wilkipedia






    The southern platyfish or common platy (Xiphophorus maculatus) is a species of freshwater fish in family Poecilidae of order Cyprinodontiformes. A live-bearer, it is closely related to the green swordtail (X. helleri) and can interbreed with it. It is native to an area of North and Central America stretching from Veracruz, Mexico, to northern Belize.

    The southern platyfish grows to a maximum overall length of 6.0 cm (2.4 in). Sexual dimorphism is slight, the male's caudal fin being more pointed. Wild varieties are drab in coloration, lacking the distinctive dark lateral line common to many Xiphophorus species.-wilkipedia






     The swordtail is one of those fish that is often recommended to a beginner. It is hardy, colorful, and easy to breed. But these fish must have tanks of at least 20 gallons. They usually will not breed in tanks smaller than this. The fry grow fast if given a spacious environment to grow. The male swordtail, maxing out at 4 inches in length (not including the sword) is a impressive fish. The females are large and bulky fish and they lack the sword of there male counterparts. Males often fight over territory and dominance, but its almost all bluff. The dominant male is usually the largest and he will mate with all the females and father most of the next generation. Many different varieties exist, hi fin, marigold, (a yellowish color) neon, ( a green fish with yellow fins) tuxedo, (a red fish with a black triangle going through it) green, (the wild type) and many many more. One particularly special strain is the double swordtail, in which the males have a sword on the bottom and a slightly shorter one on the top of there dorsal fin. The males and females have two swords, although the females are less defined. Extensions of the sort are also on the dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins. To make things short the swordtail is a great fish to have if you are prepared to give it what it needs. - shtinkythefish





    (these may become agressive if kept singley)

    The halfbeaks (family Hemiramphidae) are a geographically widespread and numerically abundant family of epipelagic fish inhabiting warm waters around the world. The family Hemiramphidae is divided into two subfamilies, the primarily marine Hemiramphinae and the freshwater or estuarine Zenarchopterinae. The halfbeaks are named for their distinctive jaws, in which the lower jaws are significantly longer than the upper jaws. The halfbeaks are remarkable for showing an exceptionally wide range of reproductive modes. These include egg-laying, ovoviviparity, and true vivipary where the mother is connected to the developing embryos via a placenta-like structure. In some of the livebearing species, developing embryos are also known to exhibit oophagy or intrauterine cannibalism, where developing embryos feed on eggs or other embryos within the uterus.

    Though not commercially important themselves, these fish support artisanal fisheries and local markets worldwide. They are also fed upon by other commercially important predatory fishes, such as billfishes, mackerels, and sharks. Some halfbeaks are maintained as aquarium fish in the fishkeeping hobby. -wikipedia


    Bristlenose pleco being safe with plants and remaining small.
    all species Corydora catfish (except for the rare giant african guppy eating cory )
    small loaches such as the weather loach and Khuli loach, possibly clown loach but care must be taken to have a large tank.


    Dwarf Gouramis, but these will eat fry, careful of the odd rogue male.

    The dwarf gourami, Colisa lalia, is an attractive fish. It has an almost translucent blue color, with vertical red to dark orange stripes. In its native range, it is dried for food and kept as an aquaruim fish. It has become highly popular for aquaria.

    The dwarf gourami originally came from the Indian subcontinent; it originates from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. However, it has also been widely distributed outside of its native range. This fish inhabits slow-moving streams, rivulets, and lakes with plenty of vegetation.

    As its name implies, this is a small gourami: at maturity, it will reach an average size of 4 to 5 centimeters, though some individuals can grow as large as 8.8 centimeters. Male dwarf gourami in the wild have diagonal stripes of alternating blue and red colors; females are a silvery color. They carry touch-sensitive cells on their thread-like pelvic fins. -wikipedia


    Information Source -Bumblebee

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 November 2007 )