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Compatible Fish Selections

The following selections should be taken as only a guide to help you achieve an attractive and lasting display. You follow the suggestions at your own risk. They include fish that are more or less compatible, but have varied habits, sizes, and appearance. Sometimes things just don't work out.

Your actual choice of fish is always a matter of your personal taste, coupled with the availability of particular species. You can always substitute with a similar number of others that are comparable in terms of size and behavior. Do a bit of research before buying any fish.

Very small, peaceful fish for the small tank.

Tank size: 18in x 12in x 12in (45cm x 30cm x 30cm)

4 x Corydoras hastatus - Dwarf Corydoras
2 x Colisa chuna - Honey Gourami
4 x Barbus gelius
4 x Rasbora maculata
2 x Nannostomus marginatus
4 x Heterandria formosa
8 x Cheirodon axelrodi or Paracheirodon innesi
4 x Rasbora heteromorpha
2 x Acanthopthalmus semicinctus

Small, very peaceful fish.

Tank size: 24in x 12in x 15in (60cm x 30cm x 38cm)

5 x Cheirodon axelrodi or Paracheirodon innesi
5 x Rasbora heteromorpha
4 x Hemigrammus erythrozonus
2 x Corydoras julii
2 x Barbus titteya
2 x Barbus oligolepis
4 x Brachydanio rerio
4 x Hasemania marginata

Medium-sized peaceful fish.

Tank size: 24in x 12in x 15in (60cm x 30cm x 38cm)

2 x Barbus nigrofasciatus
1 x Epalzeorhynchus kallopterus
4 x Acanthopthalmus semicinctus
4 x Aphyocharax rubripinnis
2 x Colisa labiosa
4 x Corydoras aeneus
2 x Gymnocorymbus ternetzi
2 x Nematobrycon palmeri
2 x Rasbora pauciperforata

Medium-sized fish, more boisterous, but not aggressive.

Tank size: 24in x 12in x 15in (60cm x 30cm x 38cm)

6 x Barbus tetrazona
4 x Corydoras nattereri
1 x Labeo bicolor
4 x Brachydanio albolineatus
4 x Hemigrammus caudovittatus
4 x Rasbora trilineata or Thayeria obliqua

Mixed-size fish (some large, some small),
all peaceful natures.

Tank size: 24in x 12in x 15in (60cm x 30cm x 38cm)

2 x Trichogaster leeri - Pearl Gourami
4 x Corydoras julii
2 x Barbus conchonius
2 x Barbus semifasciolatus
6 x Brachydanio nigrofasciatus
6 x Cheirodon axelrodi
4 x Hemigrammus rhodostomus
4 x Hyphessobrycon rosaceus

Small to medium-sized fish,
with an emphasis on livebearers.

Tank size: 24in x 12in x 15in (60cm x 30cm x 38cm)

2 x Poecilia velifera
4 x Poecilia sphenops
6 x Xiphophorus maculatus
4 x Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
2 x Barbus nigrofasciatus
4 x Corydoras paleatus
2 x Hemigrammus ocellifer
2 x Barbus stoliczkanus
4 x Brachydanio frankei

Medium to large community fish for the larger aquarium.

Tank size: 36in x 12in x 15in (90cm x 30cm x 38cm)

2 x Barbus everetti
2 x Callichthys callichthys
2 x Cichlasoma festivum
4 x Danio malabaricus
2 x Labeo bicolor
2 x Trichogaster trichopterus
4 x Xiphophorus helleri

Mixed-size peaceful fish for the larger tank.

Tank size: 36in x 12in x 15in (90cm x 30cm x 38cm)

10 x Cheirodon axelrodi or Paracheirodon innesi
4 x Corydoras julii
4 x Acanthopthalmus semicinctus
4 x Barbus oligolepis
4 x Barbus titteya
6 x Brachydanio rerio
2 x Trichogaster leeri - Pearl Gourami
6 x Hyphessobrycon rosaceus
4 x Nannostomus trifasciatus
4 x Rasbora heteromorpha

Angelfish species display.

Tank size: 24in x 12in x 15in (60cm x 30cm x 38cm)

6 x Pterophyllum scalare
4 x Corydoras nattereri
4 x Barbus ticto
1 x Botia macracanthus
4 x Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
2 x Kryptopterus bicirrhis
4 x Rasbora trilineata

          

Note: Should you decide to use any of the selections above, you do so at your own risk. And, please, do not buy all the fish at one time. It's better for the fish if you introduce them into your aquarium a few at a time, at about a 2 week interval. Spacing them out lets them settle into their new home and you can monitor their behavior and health for any diseases they might have brought with them. It also allows the aquarium's biological system to adjust for the new fish. If you dump them all in at one time you are probably going to kill all or most of the fish in the tank.

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