13 Guppy Tank Mates

Guppy Tank Mates

Guppy Tank mates, photo by judhi

Guppy tank mates are certainly a possibility, without a doubt. Guppies are very calm and sociable, so it’s the other fish that you choose that you need to worry about. Guppies love being in groups, so make sure to get a few guppies, rather than just one. They don’t need to be in schools, a small group will be good enough.

 

Below are a few guppy tank mates that can possibly be housed together with your guppies. Of course, always use caution when mixing fish. If you see any aggression being done, simply separate the fish.

African Dwarf Frogs

African Dwarf frogs are great tank mates for guppies if you are looking for a little variety in your fish tank. African dwarf frogs stay fairly small which is good because you wont have to worry about your African dwarf frog eating your guppies. Being relatively small, these types of frogs produce very little waste, so you don’t have to worry about nitrates/nitrites/ammonia.

Angelfish

Angelfish are generally peaceful with adult guppies. However, some larger angelfishes might attack guppies. You should monitor the fish when introducing them to each other. Since guppies like long tanks and angelfish like tall tanks, you will need to get a long and tall tank if housing both fish in the same fish tank.

Apple Snail

The most common snail being sold in pet stores today is the apple snail. Apple snails can be put into a guppies tank with no problem due to its large hard shell. You will not have to worry about either of them harming one another. If housing an apple snail is in mind, just know that they can get up to the size of a softball, meaning you will be needing a large tank.

Cardinal Tetras & Neon Tetras

Tetras have the same requirements as guppies when it comes to water conditions and can make any tank look beautiful. Tetras do better in schools of 5 – 10.

Corydoras Catfish (Cory Catfish)

Cory catfish are very calm and peaceful fish, similar to guppies. It’s almost unheard of that they’d be aggressive. They are very friendly fish, especially with themselves. Be sure to get a good sized group of cories, they need a minimum of five to feel secure and happy. Adding fake or real plants will also help make the cories feel secure and safe. Also, make sure to use sand substrate so the cories don’t hurt themselves or lose their barbs.

Feeder Fish

Feeder fish aren’t the prettiest looking fish, but they sure are the nicest. Guppies and feeder fish can co-exist with no problem.

Ghost Shrimp

Ghost Shrimp stay very small and are usually sold as food for other fish, but can be a great addition to your guppy tank. They won’t harm your guppy in any way. If you have larger fish in your tank, they can also serve as a little snack for them once in a while.

Halfbeaks

Halfbeaks are community fish and would not have any problem with a few guppies or other small community fish.

Loaches

Loaches are great tank mates because they are mostly bottom feeders, meaning they will spend most of their days on the bottom of the fish tank. They will stay away from most of the fish in your fish tank (including your guppies ). They are very calm and peaceful fish. Be careful when choosing a loach though, as some can reach the length of 16 inches. I personally recommend khuli loaches, dwarf loaches, , and zebra loaches. These loaches stay smaller than 5 inches.

Molly

Mollies are peaceful fish. You wont have to worry about your guppy or molly fighting with one another. They will be fine together and can co-exist perfectly. The most common ones are the balloon molly, black molly, and sailfin molly.

Pleco

Plecos make good tank mates for guppies because of their size and calmness. Most plecos spend their days eating algae on rocks and glass, not bothering anybody. Some plecos get big, while other stay small (5 inches) like the clown plecos, bristlenose plecos, and rubber lipped plecos.

Red Cherry Shrimp

The red cherry shrimp is another awesome type of shrimp tank mate for guppies because they can help clean the tank by eating some of the algae off rocks, ornaments, gravel, and etc. But be careful, red cherry shrimp breed like there’s no tomorrow! Only get a few.

Swordtail

Male swordtails are aggressive towards each other, but swordtails are fine with guppies (1 male per tank). You should have a tight fitting lid on your aquarium because swordtails can easily jump out of an uncovered aquarium.

A Guide in Choosing Guppy Tank Mates

  • No nibblers – do not get any fish that will nibble at your guppies. This will cause stress and sometimes fights.
  • Small fish – It’s best to stick with small fish, as some big fish will try to attack or even eat your existing guppies.
  • Tank size – If you are getting tank mates for your guppies, make sure you have the room for all the fish to have their space.
  • Bottom Feeders – Many bottom feeders are fish that can live well with guppies. (Plecos, catfish, loaches, and etc…)
  • Diet & Water Requirements – Make sure to choose only fish that require the same diet and water conditions as your guppies.

23 comments to 13 Guppy Tank Mates

  • Greg137

    I got Cory catfish, guppies and glass catfish… The guppies are dropping dead from SOMETHING lost two store bought males in one night… The one male guppy left is native to the tank… Worried about one female since she is acting like she is pregnant even when she doesn’t look it.. I am not sure if it is one of the fish or a disease in the tank… Guppies get drooping tails they start swimming on their sides, and they hit the bottom of the tank breathing hard then they die… I know it isn’t the Cory catfish.. they get along great in the tank with the guppies… Could the glass catfish turn hostile on the guppies? Or is it a sickness?

    • Billy

      Hey Greg,

      Have you got your water tested to make sure there are no high ammonia levels? Also, do you acclimate them before introducing them?

  • Alex

    I have 2 Red Eye Tetra and two guppies. Unfortunately I was told it would be ok, but I witnessed the red eye attack my guppy, which is now in a quarantine. I’m going to take the tetras back and wanted to know what can I put with the guppies? It’s a 10 gallon tank.

    • Billy

      Hey Alex,
      What kind of fish are you looking to get? Algae eater fish, small fish, big fish, active fish, relaxed fish, etc…? The more details you give me, the more help I can provide.

  • Alex

    Hi Billy,

    After returning the tetras I thought it would be ok in the tank. However, it seems that my two new guppies weren’t getting along well. My red guppy was attacking my yellow guppy and I had no idea. I would watch them and they would swim together nicely, they would “dance” and I never witnessed any nipping. I went over the other day to my yellow guppy and I noticed that it had a white “band” around the middle of its body, and I noticed it was missing some scales. He looked like he was fading, and I began to worry.

    I put in some formula I bought at the pet store, which I’ve been using on my quarantined fish and his fins are doing very well, and have been watching the red and yellow guppies these passed two days. Yesterday I noticed my red guppy do this very strange thing-it would raise is fin up move about and then lunge at the yellow guppy.

    I took out yellow and put him in my quarantine tank until he could get better. That wasn’t any better because he was running after the guppy that was already in there. I bought a divider and put yellow back in with the red. I tested the water and did a change today because some of the levels were quite high. I can’t buy another tank and I can’t move anymore around. It has been a very stressful 48 hours.

    When I begin to introduce new fish once everyone is healthy, I would like to add calm fish like zebra or algae eater?

    Sorry this is so long but I’m new at this and I was told that guppies were a good beginner fish!

    • Billy

      Hey Alex,
      I am surprised this happened. Guppies are normally great beginner fish, and fights between them are unusual. The only thing I can think of is territorial issues. Try rearranging the tank ornaments a little and then add the fish all at once into the tank, so nobody has dominance on one certain section. What size tank is it?

  • Steve

    Hey alex… that same thing is happening with my red and yellow guppies too…

  • Alex

    Hi guys,

    My yellow guppy died the other day. He was very pale, missing scales, and actually quite bigger than the red one, perhaps inflammation (?). Before he died I did remove red and rearranged the ornaments hoping that would help but it didn’t. I purchased a divider from the pet store to allow yellow some time to recuperate but it was too late. I’m not sure if it was already sick from the shop or I just didn’t notice red nipping. They actually would swim side by side even though the divider was there which I find interesting because I always thought they got along nicely.

    I have a 10 gallon tank, and I’ve been watching red and he’s been doing that strange move again where he raises his fin, jolts back and then lunges forward. He’s been doing it to his reflection. My quarantined fish is healing up nicely with his Melafix but I’m really hesitant to put him in with red and the additional guppies I’m planning to purchase soon. I’ve been reading that 5 guppies are best but I would like to have other fish, however space is limited. I know having two guppies didn’t work well, and even three didn’t because they were targeting one fish. They can be aggressive (which I’ve seen) fish and 5 guppies sort out the territory and any other issues that arise according to many articles I’ve read.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?

  • Emma.A

    Male guppies can get dominant if you don’t have enough female guppies you should have atleast two/three females to 1 male.

    Hope this helps

  • Inoka

    My fish tank is consisting of 5 couples of guppies, 2 couples of tetra, 2 couples of black play ties. But from the very beginning of my fish tank one male guppy was missed but I can’t understand the reason. Then one female guppy has delivered 12 baby guppies and died. Out of these baby guppies 6 are growing fast but other 6 baby guppies have been missed. Other two lady guppies seemed to be pregnant but unfortunately they were died unexpectedly. Now I have only 2 lady guppies and I feel fear that she also will die. I cant’ understand the mistake. I change water once a week. The tank is not glass. That is a thick plastic tank having aquarium plants. The temper. is little bit high at the day time. Your advise is highly appreciate for caring my fish tank.

    • Billy

      Hey Inoka,
      Do you ever test you water for ammonia or nitrate? Most fish stores will test this for you for free if you dont. Any of the two can kill your fish if the levels are high. Do you use a tap water conditioner before adding the water to your tank? How much water do you replace during water changes? Are there any bullies in the tank?

  • Shon84

    Hey alex guppies in a big group tend to get more docile. From what I read before the general rule of thumb is 1 male to two female. But u can make it to 1 male 3 or 4 female so the male won’t stress your female out. Im not sure if your tank is planted or not if it’s heavily planted it will staggering help their survival rate. I got a heavily planted tank with 30males and hundreds of females. The females I bought the feeder type which is ridiculously cheap. But a few will die tho. Hope it helps

  • wolfy97213

    I had a male yellow friendly cobra guppy and the water was perfect but all of the Neon Tetras died in the middle of the night. Can you help me figure out this problem?

  • Telly

    I breed guppies as a hobby and then sell them. They are perfectly healthy in any kind of tap water and require a lot of effort to kill. When I first started I got pet store guppies but they and my dwarf frog died overnight, but the water was perfectly fine. Now I get mine from a friend who has been breeding them since high school and I never have a problem.
    But I was posting to see what kind of fish would go best without eating my fry. My tank is 10gal but I al out always have about 50 guppies. They move out quickly as I sell though so it’s constant rotation of fish. But I need a fish as a bottom feeder that won’t be bothered by the large number of fry.

    • Billy

      Hey Telly,
      So are you just wanting to add a fish to clean the bottom of your tank (like an algae eater)?

  • Telly

    Yes but I have a gravel bottom and I need one that’s good with a large amount of fry

  • Marie Fox

    I’ve been breeding guppies for years. A female guppy can carry young from multiple males extensively. It’s recommended 2-3 males per each female. I haven’t ever changed my water as I’ve simply created a happy healthy habitat for them. This includes Corey (bottom feeders), an algae eater, & ghost shrimp who all do a wonderful job cleaning the tank naturally. I do change filters regularly & Iwhen I add water I use that “clear water” conditioner that helps dispose of heavy metals & fish waste. (I have well water with sometimes heavy iron levels) everyone’s needs are different. Distilled water is safe with added conditioner for their protective slimy coats. The baby guppies will need protective hiding places, the bunches of fake seaweed grass allowed to rest on the surface water works perfect. Micro-organisms make up the majority of their diet, I put leaf lettuce, live plants, & allow a little sunlight in to achieve this. All creatures exist & survive in the wild where the environment is not so clean or forgiving. I also have guppies that co-habitat with an aquatic slider turtle. Predatorial animals exist in their natural habitat too that helps keep population healthy 🙂

    • Billy

      Hey Marie,
      Thank you for the information you have provided. This will be very useful for others.

  • Shirley Williams

    Why are there bubble in my tank around the top

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