Compatible with freshwater aquarium fish
Compatible with freshwater aquarium fish
If you love fish and want to invest in an aquarium and some of the beautiful, exotic species available, there is a lot to know about freshwater aquarium fish compatibility. There are several factors to consider when designing your aquarium and deciding what type or types of species you want to include in your aquarium.
First you need to consider the actual size of the tank you want to fill. Freshwater fish can easily live in a five gallon tank, up to a hundred gallon tank, depending on how many you have. They can live in a glass or acrylic tank and can swim around many different ornamental or decorative objects such as rocks, plants, light bulbs and even some plastic toys.
Once you’ve decided how big you want your aquarium to be, you need to decide which species you want to put in it. As a general rule, it would be good if all your fish are the same size, as this will keep the smaller ones from getting caught and keep the little ones from feeding on the fins of the bigger ones. You should also make sure that you choose species that can survive in the same water temperature and eat the same type of food. It is also very important to ensure that there is enough food distributed for everyone, because if they have to compete for their food, the smaller ones will starve to death and may even die from severe stress.
With these things in mind, you want to carefully set up an aquarium that can provide a calm and peaceful atmosphere for you and them. There are three main categories of freshwater aquarium fish that should be researched before purchase. These three categories are:
1) Sociability – They are peaceful, quiet, avoid fights and mind their own business. They are compatible with many other different species and can mix with a variety of other fish in your aquarium.
2) Semi Aggressive – They are a bit more energetic and temperamental and although they are more peaceful when they are small, they will not shy away from biting others as they grow in size. They are still fine to include in a shared tank, but they will need to be watched as they grow and can chase other fish well.
3) Aggressive – They are exactly what you would imagine them to be and that is aggressive. If they are introduced to something smaller or weaker, they will dominate and bully the others. They can live among other aggressive species that are the same size, but will usually find and pick on the smallest one around them.
Knowing these three categories makes it a little easier to understand and follow the compatibility charts that are listed. A few of the categories in the chart are:
Anabantids include a community such as dwarf, flame, opaline and pearl gourami, Siamese gourami, betta, spinytail and paradise fish. The semi-aggressive ones are Honey and Kissing Gourami and the aggressive ones are Black Paradisefish.
Aquarium catfish that can live in a community are Banjo, Green, Leopard, Spotted and Upside Down, as well as the Bristlenose, Corydoras and Plecostomus species, with no aggressive species.
Charachins have community options of Cardinal, Congo, Emperor, Black Neon, Black Phantom, Flame, Glowlight, Head and Tail light, Rummy nosed, Serpae and Neon Tetra as well as Hatchet, Pencil, Bloodfin, Penguin and Xray fish. The semi-aggressive group includes Bleeding Heart and Buenos Aires Tetra, Black Widow and Silver Dollar, and the aggressive pair is Red Belly and Piranha.
The cichlid community includes Blue Acara, Discus, Festivum, Ram and Freshwater Angels. The semi-aggressive ones are Firemouth and Severum, and the aggressive ones are Convict, Green Terror, Dempsey and Red Oscar.
The general group of Cyprinids is Cherry Barb, Bala, Shark, Black shark, Blue Danio, White Cloud, Zebra Danio and Harlequin Rasbora. There is no aggressive group, but the semi-aggressive group includes flying fox, red tail shark and green tiger, rose, tiger and tinfoil fish.
There are several other categories to research so that you can understand freshwater aquarium fish compatibility, and they should all be read before introducing certain species to each other. If you are serious about having a beautiful and long-lasting aquarium collection that will last for years, you need to take the time to understand and appreciate the balance that is needed for a healthy and successful living environment.
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