How To Choose Compatible Tropical Fish

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When setting up any Tropical fish aquarium you need to put a good deal of thought into what species of tropical fish you are going to introduce to the tank as some fish species can be very aggressive towards other fish.

Building a community aquarium is a great way to setup your new tank with so many colors, shapes and sizes of fish available, it is a good idea to split your choice into three sections the surface feeders, mid level feeders and bottom feeders.

Danios and Guppies are great surface feeders suitable for a community aquarium there peacefull nature and small body size add a bit of life to the aquarium, these fish need companions and are are best kept in pairs or small shoals.

danio freshwater tropical fish

Mid level feeders include Tetras these species are small in size and usually peacefull some Tetras are known to nip other fish on the tail however this is not common, this species of aquarium fish can be purchased in a wide varity of colors and they are very active they are best kept in shoals of six or more fish.

Tetra tropical fish

Suitable bottom feeders for a community aquarium include the catfish family, like Corydoras these fish are very peacefull and thet are great for keeping the aquarium substrate clean as they sift through the substarte looking for food best kept in pairs.

corydora tropical bottom feeder

Important factors to consider when setting up a community aquarium include tank size a small aquarium is much more difficult to control ph levels and keep the ammonia levels down than a larger tank, a larger tank will allow you to add more fish at a later time particularly if you want large schools of tetras and other schooling species.

Other species that are suitable for community aquariums include Mollies which like to be kept in pairs, Swordtails again like to be kept in pairs, Neon Tetras these popular tropical fish are best kept in large shoals of ten or more fish they tend to swim together most of the time and are very entertaining to watch.

Community aquariums are great fun to setup but you do need to do a bit of research before hand if you are setting up a planted community tank you do not need fish that will destroy your plants these are usually the larger species, fish that can tolerate ph and temperature changes are best suited to community aquariums.