Hi I have two questions
the first question is how
warm sould the water sould
be for angles and platies.
The second question is what
fish do good togeter, I
all ready have 4 angles,
2 platies, two guppies,
and 2 cardnale tetras and
there doing fine.
Hello Doug. I'll discuss each of your fish.
here to go to our Index of Tropical Fish and
look for Angelfish in the big yellow table on that
page. The top part of that table looks like the
table just below.
Tropical Fish Names in Alphabetical
(are actually Cichlids)
Tropical Fish Names in Alphabetical
In the complete table there are
a lot more rows below the row with the Angelfish.
I colored the row with the Angelfish with a brighter
yellow, like this
... Click on the blue button
in the row for Angelfish now.
That button will
take you to the page with information about Angels,
where you can read, "As Angelfish grow larger,
they become very efficient at stalking and eating
small fish like Guppies and Neon Tetras." So your
Angels are not compatible tank mates for small fish
like your Guppies and Cardinal Tetras.
Your Guppies and
Cardinal Tetras will be in danger of being eaten
by your Angels, when the Angels get big enough.
here to go back to the Index of Tropical Fish
again. Notice the names are in alphabetical order.
Scroll down the big yellow table to find the row
Click on the blue
button on the far right in that row. That button
will take you to the page with information about
here now to go directly to the page about Platies.
(3) Now use the Index
table to find Guppies, or click
here to go directly to the page about Guppies,
where you can read, "Fancy Guppies are best kept
in a group with a few male Fancy Guppies and several
female Fancy Guppies." Two Guppies usually will
not do well living together. They need to live in
On the Guppy
page you can also read, "Swordtails and Platies
are also not good tank mates for Guppies." So your
Platies are not good tank mates for your Guppies.
(4) Finally use the Index
table to find Cardinal Tetras, or click
here to go directly to the page about Cardinals,
where you can read that Cardinals are members of
the group that we call Small Tetras, and this group
does best living together with at least six members
of their species. So your two Cardinals need to
live with more Cardinals.
I recommend that in the future
you read about each type of fish, before you buy
that type of fish.
I've been browsing your
site, and it has been very
informative. It has given
me a few ideas for stocking
a new 55 gallon freshwater
tank I have had running
for a week or so, waiting
I thought I'd run it by
you, to see what you thought
of the fish combination.
It's dimensions are 48x13x20,
with gravel, a Penguin 170
Bio-wheel filter, and an
Aquaclear 200 filter. For
fish, was thinking:
7 or 8 Dwarf Gouramis, male
A school of 6-8 Rainbows,
haven't decided what species
A school of 8 or so
Livebearers, either platies,
mollies, or swordtails
1 spiny eel
Which is the only fish that
will need to eat Live Black
Worms or Ghost Shrimp, and
might eat small fish.
1 rainbow shark
Do you think these fish
could live healthily together?
Would you change or add
anything? I'd appreciate
any comments, ideas, or
support you can offer. I'm
just brainstorming, and
don't need to adhere to
this list very closely.
Hello Brian. First, a Penguin 170 is rated for an
aquarium with up to about 35 gallons of water. Yours
has 55 gallons. You have a second filter, but it
doesn't have a bio-wheel, and we do not recommend
filters without bio-wheels.
For your aquarium
I'd recommend a Penguin 330 or
400 filter, which are both rated for aquariums with
up to about 70 gallons.
Dwarf Gouramis will
do very well in a 55-gallon aquarium. I'd try to
get 3 males and 5 or more females. For variety I'd
get a regular male, a Fire Red Male, and a Neon
Blue Male. They are different color varieties of
the same species. Click
here to see all three varieties. Click
here for more information about Dwarf Gouramis.
I also like the Rainbows.
All of the species will do well. My first choice
would be the Neon Dwarf Rainbow. Click
here for more about Rainbows. These are schooling
fish and 6 to 8 will make a nice school.
If you get the Livebearers,
get three males and five or six females.
A Spiny Eel would
be very interesting, but it is the only fish that
will require live food such as Live Black Worms,
Ghost Shrimp, and small fish. Click
here for more about Spiny Eels.
I'd substitute a school
of Zebra Danios or Tiger Barbs for the Livebearers,
then all your fish would be from "Asia" and seem
more realistic to me. Click
here for more about Danios, and click
here for more about Tiger Barbs.
for your interesting
email. By the choices you list for the fish in your
new aquarium, I can see that you have already learned
Hi I was wondering if a
male fancy tail guppie,
a black phantom tetra, a
white cloud, and a harlequin
raspora could live together?
also backups for those include:
dwarf gourami, glowlight
tetra, zebra danio, neon
Hello Tristan. Thank you for your email question.
Yes Guppies, Black Phantom Tetras, White Clouds,
and Harlequin Rasboras, Glowlight Tetras, and Neon
Tetras are all compatible and members of what we
call Group 1. Click
here for more about Group 1.
But Zebra Danios are usually too energetic for the
fish in Group 1, and Dwarf Gouramis are too big
Incidentally, all the fish that you listed
in Group 1 prefer to live with several members of
really like your site,
and I go here at least
once a day. It is soooo
a question. I really
don't know what group
of fish to get. I am
getting another tank
for my birthday which
is on Halloween. But
I don't know what kinds
of fish to get!
is a list of fish groups
that can fit in that
aquarium and that I
betta and a few cory
tiger barb, a zebra
danio, and a cory cat
or three tiger barbs
mollies and a platy
few zebra danios
are the groups I can
choose from. Which one
would be the most convenient,
colorful, and easy to
don't know what group
you have any more suggestions
for groups? I would
put a betta with a few
other fish too, but
I'm too afraid to for
Reply. Hello Amanda and thank you for your
email, we're glad to know you think this site is
cool. I'll go over each of the five groups that
(1) A Betta and a few Cory Catfish will do
well together. Bettas are usually very colorful,
as I'm sure you know. Cory Catfish live best in
a group with at least 6 of their species. Most Cory
Catfish are not colorful, but they are cute and
interesting little dwarf catfish. Click
here to read more about Cory Catfish.
(2) A Tiger Barb, a Zebra Danio, and a Cory
Catfish. Oh, Oh! These are all schooling fish that
live best in a group with at least 6 of their species.
here for more about schooling fish. In our opinion
Tiger Barbs are colorful, click
here to read more about them.
(3) Two or three Tiger Barbs. These are colorful,
hardy, energetic, schooling, that live best in a
group with at least 6 Tiger Barbs.
(4) Two Mollies and a Platy. These are also
schooling fish. I would say the Gold Mollies are
very colorful. A group of 6 will eventually all
grow to be larger than 3.5" long and need an aquarium
with at least 20-gallons of water, and an even bigger
aquarium is better for Mollies. Click
here and read about Mollies. Platies are very
colorful schooling fish that can grow to be about
2" long, sometimes bigger, and a group of 6 will
eventually require a 15-gallon aquarium. Click
here for more about Platies.
(5) A few Zebra Danios. Wonderful, energetic,
schooling fish. Click here to learn more about them.
I would not say Zebra Danios are colorful.
I like all the fish you listed. The Betta Fish and
Platies are the most colorful. They are compatible.
You could keep a Male Betta Fish and 6 to 8 more
Platies in a 20-gallon aquarium.
Actually a 20-gallon
long aquarium would be better than a 20-gallon regular
or tall aquarium, because the Platies like an aquarium
with lots of area. There is nothing to be afraid
about this combination. Good luck with your new
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