Fish Compatibility Chart | Freshwater

freshwater-fish-compatibility-chart-for-you.JPGWhen you're deciding what type of freshwater fish to begin, or add to your fish tank, a Freshwater Fish Compatibility Chart can be useful.

In the larger Freshwater Fish Compatibility Chart here, you can see you have many options when combining freshwater fish in your tank. Be sure to zoom in on the chart to see a clear view.

By making sure the fish you add to your fish tank are compatible first, you'll avoid future problems. Looking at the full-grown size of the fish helps too. You wouldn't want to add Oscars with Guppies, Danios or Minnows. Usually you'll keep varieties of the same family together as in a Cichlid aquarium. I've always chosen to stock my fish tank with semi-aggressive fish, but if livebearers are your thing... Great!

Using a Compatibility chart for Freshwater Fish to get educated, and understanding which fish you can mix and match in your fish tank, will save you questions at the pet store.

via: Habitattitude and Petco Freshwater Fish Compatibility Chart

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46 Comments for 'Fish Compatibility Chart | Freshwater'
    November 2, 2006 | 2:32 pm

    [...] If you’re looking for a fish that is a little different, the Kuhli Loach, and it’s eel-shaped body is a fun fish to have. The freshwater fish compatibility chart can give you a good idea of tank mates for the Kuhli Loach. [...]

    January 30, 2007 | 8:53 am

    [...] Because of the long fins, you’ll want to avoid stocking the Black Angelfish with nipping fish, such as Tiger Barbs. The freshwater fish compatibility chart will give you a list of suitable tank mates. [...]

    May 14, 2007 | 12:23 am

    I have 2 Black Angelfish in my 20 gallon with about 10 Guppies, 2 sword-tails, 1 Clown Loach and a Pleco. The Guppies are afraid of the Angles. If a Guppy comes close to the Angel, the Angel will take off after it, so no trouble with tail nipping. They are great fish for a tank.

    Fish Tank
    May 25, 2007 | 10:56 am

    Sounds like you have a nice community fish tank William.

    May 15, 2008 | 11:20 am

    Currently I have a 20gal tank with an African Cichlid, 2 Tiger Barbs, 2 Bala Sharks and a beautiful Blue fish with bright orange markings that I don’t know what is…. They live in pretty good harmony. The Tigers chase each other, the sharks hang out together the cichild hids under a rock formation , but roams the tank at will like the blue fish… My question is can or should I add my african clawed frog into this mix? I have him in a seperate container, but like to have them all together.

    Fish Tank
    June 8, 2008 | 12:50 pm


    I think you’d be ok with that. I have an African Dwarf frog in with my Tiger barbs, and they’re very compatible. As long as you’ve got the room, and hiding places for the frog, it should fine. Mine will sit on a few of the floating plants. You could always add a few of those too.


    August 4, 2008 | 12:53 pm

    To Alutz:
    It looks like your 20 gallon tank is WAY over stocked. Unless you plan on getting a much much bigger tank you should think about selling some of your fish. For instance, Bala sharks have been known to reach sizes of 18 inches, but are usually around 12 when full grown. They need AT LEAST a 70-100 gallon tank, especially since you’re housing more than one.

    To William:
    You too have an overstocked tank. It’s recommended to give a gallon of water per inch of fish you have. Of course, sometimes fish need more room than that. You used up 15 gallons with your guppies alone. Seriously think about selling some of your fish.

    August 14, 2008 | 12:28 am

    i bought 3 african cichlids recently from petsmart, and i just recently found out that my peacock eel that i thought died 6 months ago is still alive and living in the tank, is my eel gonna be safe with the cichlids?? and if so what other type of fish should i get, its a 55 gallon and the eel is bout 6 inches, and my cichlids vary from 2-4inches, each bein a different size. i know i have more room just don’t know what types could be compatible.

    October 1, 2008 | 7:23 am

    Hi, I have a few questions on gouramis if you could help please,

    1. Are they generally a shy hiding fish ? I have just bought 2 for my newly cycled tank ( 1 blue fem 1 gold fem )& they seem to like hiding behind the filter next to the heater. ( temp is 26c ) I’ve plenty of hidey places for them inc rocks,bogwood & plants but they haven’t ventured far enough yet to realise.

    2. How many gouramis can/should live together? Should i of got 2 blue 2 gold, I did ask the staff and they 1 of each is ok. ( tank is 30x12x18)

    3. How big do they grow?

    4. What else could i do to settle them in or have them swimming around?

    Thank you for any help/advice.


    Fish Tank
    October 3, 2008 | 1:36 pm


    My gold gourami is a shy fish too, but comes out when she thinks I’m not looking. You can stock your tank with 1 inch of fish per 1 gallon of water, or 2.5cm of fish per 3.8 liters of water.

    Blue and Gold Gouramis grow to about 5 inches. So you could have 4 in a 20 gallon tank, but I’d recommend getting some tetras or something smaller to go along with the 2 bigger fish.

    October 28, 2008 | 8:46 pm

    ok i have recently purchased a One gallon tank on the box itsays the preffered fish are platies, & guppies are these fish okin this tank and if so how many

    November 15, 2008 | 7:33 pm


    I have a 12 gallonb tank. I plenty of live plants and 5 tiger barbs. I was thinking of adding 1-2 cory cats. What do you think/

    Fish Tank
    November 16, 2008 | 7:55 pm


    You’re probably ok adding 1.


    random fish noob
    July 23, 2009 | 8:17 am

    i have a question : my tiger barbs stay in one spot the water is good and everytinhg they only come out when there is food.Also my rainbow sharks stay apart one just stays behind some plants and the other i think stays to clean a castle.and my kissing gourami chase each other around all day (i dont know if they are playing or fighting)

    Fish Tank
    July 23, 2009 | 12:05 pm

    Hi. You didn’t mention your tank size, or number of fish. If you have 1 inch of fish per gallon of water, you should be ok. So if you had a 20 gallon tank, you could have 5 tiger barbs = 10 inches + 5 neon tetras = 5 inches, + 1 pleco = 3-5 inches.

    Kissing gouramis get 8-12 inches. Rainbow sharks reach 6 inches. That’s 32 inches. If you’ve got a tank smaller than 50 gallons… and definitely if its under 30 gal., you have it overstocked, and that’s your problem.

    November 26, 2009 | 12:15 pm

    Does anyone know if I can putelem ever since a Bve a MAJOR snail prob a Clown Loach in a 12gal with Guppies. I have a MAJOR small snail ifestation. Can I put the Clown Loach 5inches in the tank for a few hours. Without doing any harm to the Guppies or theyre fry.

    November 26, 2009 | 12:20 pm

    Help with is a 5inch clown loach is he compatible in a 12gal with Fancy Guppies. Only temporary to help with a snail probelem??

    December 22, 2009 | 2:00 pm

    Hi, I have a 29 gal. tank with 3 tiger barbs, 2 tri-color sharks and two red tail sharks and three corys. One of the red tail shark is about 3″ as is the tri-color sharks, the other red tail is about 2″ and the tiger barbs are about the same.The larger red tail shark chases the rest of the fish around the tank all but the corys that stay on the bottom most of the time. He’s like a bully in a school yard. Is this normal for this type of fish or is there something that should be done

    Fish Tank
    December 24, 2009 | 5:05 pm

    Yes it’s normal. They can be quite territorial.


    January 20, 2010 | 7:31 pm

    I just lost one tiger barb (out of 3) and I have another that looks REALLY bloated and stays in one spot near the back at the top of my 46 gallon tank. Still in an upright position, but not really moving. Didn’t seem to put out any effort to come to feeding time. Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance!

    April 17, 2010 | 5:58 pm

    um its my birthday and all i want is some fish i went on the internet to find some fish and i found this site and i like the yellowy tiger barb and what will happen if i put a diffrent fish in there if i put them in as babbys will they not fight each other or will i only have one fish the next day after my birthday
    thx charlie

    August 4, 2010 | 7:23 pm


    There is no such measure as inches per gallon. Think about a 1 inch Goldfish or a 1 inch tetra. Which combination gives you the largest wste mass, 6 inches of guppies or 1 6 inch loach?

    Proper filtration with appropriate tank care will allow higher bioloads in the tank. Use filtration that has biological filtration media in it and do routin water changes. Add benefical bacteria routinely and do not overfeed.

    Fish Tank
    August 8, 2010 | 6:39 am

    Exactly Bill.

    January 12, 2011 | 11:08 pm

    Just bought 6 tiger barbs, 4 months old and released in a 5 gal aquarium, complete with filter, heater, light and plantation.. With a ratio of 1 inch to a gallon, up to when can i keep them in my aquarium before i buy a bigger aquarium? Thanks.

    January 24, 2011 | 4:25 pm

    threadfin raibows are the best i have 5 and they are soooooo incredibly cute.

    Fish Tank
    January 27, 2011 | 8:58 am

    They’ll grow to 2-3 inches. I’d consider getting a bigger aquarium soon.

    March 9, 2011 | 1:26 am

    I have a 6inch arowana an a 6 inch clown knife fish is it ok to add a bottle nosed gar to a 55 gal tank with them?

    chris herbert
    July 3, 2011 | 2:54 am

    hi i have a 90ltr tank just starting out i want to eventually get a betta male i have 6 phantom tetras 6 five stripe barbs i want to put some shrimp cardinals and would welcome suggestions for colour thanks chris

    July 29, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    As a birthday present I would like to get my boyfriend some fish to fully stock the empty tank he has sitting in his closet. I believe it is about 16 gallons. What sort of fish do you recommend? I was kind of thinking maybe a crab or shrimp too, but it’s not necessary. I’d like a wide variety of fish as well, just for fun. Thanks in advance!

    Fish Tank
    August 4, 2011 | 8:35 am

    A mix of tetras is always nice, and they’re hardy fish.


    August 6, 2011 | 9:09 am

    I have three african ciclids that have grown to about two inches each. They are very shy and I would like to add something else to see in the tank. The tank is 19″ high, 24″ across and 12″ deep. What would you suggest? Thanks!

    Fish Tank
    August 8, 2011 | 6:34 am

    It’s even more important to select compatible fish in a cichlid tank. I’m not sure what kind you have, or how big they’ll get. I’d suggest searching for “cichlid compatibility chart”, and go from there. Find out what kind of cichlids you have. There’s around 600 species. I’ve not raised cichlids. Maybe someone else can help here.


    April 10, 2012 | 9:31 am

    I had four angels, a blue loach, peppered cory, and a headlight tetra. There is only two angle’s left, and one has severly torn fins tail and upper, I’m not sure if the one angle that has minimal damage is the culpret or who is to blame, there also has been two molly’s, two goldfish that have been eaten(allgone). But there seems to be an issue, I have a 30 gal tank, some rocks, and some artifical plants. Any suggestions, as to what next?

    Fish Tank
    April 10, 2012 | 10:22 am

    How are your water parameters? Ammonia and nitrite levels? Those fish should get along. I’m wondering if they are getting sick. Do you see any of the fish ever nip at each other…. like that angelfish with minimal damage? I’d check water quality first. Especially since you lost the cory, tetra, and loach too.


    Bilal Shabazz
    July 10, 2012 | 3:44 pm

    I have a 55 gallon tank with six African Cichlids. Two of them are about three inches long. The other four are about two inches long. They are healthy and eating. The problem is every time I add other fish they end up dead. Plecos, and other cichlids all die. Are my african cichlids killing these other fish?

    Fish Tank
    July 11, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    African Cichlids can be very territorial and aggressive. They will try to kill non-compatible fish. Have you seen behavior showing this? If not, then the new fish may have just been stressed or sick already. The death rate of new fish can be high unfortunately, even with all the right parameters.

    August 5, 2012 | 7:51 am

    I have a 135 gallon tank with about 50 cichlids and I added 4 tiger barbs and 4 green tiger barbs and I don’t knw why the tiger barbs just stay in there school and in one place in my tank.

    Fish Tank
    August 5, 2012 | 1:42 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Sounds like you’ve got a great tank going.

    Maybe the barbs have staked out their initial territory, and they’re sticking to it. That is surprising to me too, since barbs are generally aggressive. Maybe the high number of cichlids overwhelms them.


    August 14, 2012 | 5:53 pm

    i have 110 gallon with 5 black clawed frogs a polypterus eel a clown knifefish 4 blackasian upside down catfish 3 mystery snails and a pleco

    September 28, 2012 | 2:06 am

    hai… i have two kissing gouramies in my 8″ bowl..whenever am feeding those one of my gourami is very agressive and dominant to other one which even couldnot able to eat.. whatt can i do? please help me to become my both kissing gouramies to be friendly to each other…

    November 6, 2012 | 11:16 am

    I have a 10 gallon tank with about a 3 inch blue gourami that is very happy and thriving. I know when he gets bigger I will need to get a bigger tank but in the meantime I would love to add some other fish or dwarf african frogs. I was wondering which would be better, what types of fish, and if my gourami would just be happier alone.

    December 2, 2012 | 6:14 am

    I just got a orange blood think that’s the name,what fish are compatible with this fish?

    Fish Tank
    December 31, 2012 | 6:18 pm

    Sorry — I’m not familiar with that fish.

    Fish Tank
    December 31, 2012 | 6:21 pm

    If your fish is happy and thriving alone, I would keep it that way.

    February 1, 2014 | 7:57 am

    I have a 35 gallon tanks with 2 x 6 inch goldfish, 2 x 4″ lake Winnipeg baby catfish and one small stripped tetra. I add 6 or 7 small schooling fish, and each night one “disappears” it is like thunderdome in there when we turn the lights off. any suggestions on some small schooling fish?

    Fish Tank
    May 29, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    I like gold barbs.

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