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 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.
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 aren’t the prettiest looking fish, but they sure are the nicest. Guppies and feeder fish can co-exist with no problem.
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 are community fish and would not have any problem with a few guppies or other small community fish.
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.
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.
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.
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.