16 Best Tank Mates For Guppies

For people who are looking to get started with the wonderful world of fish, it might seem like there are a ton of options ranging from the fierce and intimidating betta fish to the tame and manageable goldfish. The problem is, there are also hundreds, if not thousands, of options in between the two, and it is hard to choose which to start out with.

Guppies are a great choice for anyone just starting out, and they are a fantastic fish to build a tank community around for more experienced hobbyists as well.

That being said, you have to be careful! As a peaceful and non-confrontational species, guppies aren’t always a perfect match with whatever other fish you can find. It is important to give your guppies a home that is suitable for them, up to and including their neighbors.

So, who are the best tank mates for your guppies? What size tanks can guppies stay in? Are the tank mates different for different-sized tanks? All of these questions and more will be answered below, so read on to find out everything you’ll ever need to know about guppies and their tank mates!

Quick List

Here, we’ll go over a very quick list of tank mates for guppies. These fish are great choices if you’re looking for another fish to spice up the look of your tank or to create a more active fish community.

Be warned, however, that although these fish are great matches for your guppies, they aren’t always perfectly compatible with one another. Make sure to read more about each further down in the article before you make your final decision.

Without further ado, here are the best guppy tank mates:

  • Mollies
  • Nerite Snails
  • Harlequin Rasboras
  • African Dwarf Frogs
  • Celestial Pearl Danios
  • Swordtails
  • Platies
  • Dwarf Corydoras
  • Neon Tetras
  • Cory Catfish
  • Otocinclus Catfish
  • Kuhli Loach
  • Honey Gouramis
  • Bristlenose Plecos
  • Cardinal Tetras
  • Siamese Algae Eater

Any of these fish may be a great choice for your guppy tank. That doesn’t just come down to what tank mate you’re looking for (and what other fish other than your guppy you want as well), though. There are many water and tank conditions that must be satisfied for your guppy to live a happy, healthy life.

These don’t always match for each fish perfectly, so make sure you are getting fish that will be happy in a tank made for guppies!

Guppy Tank Setup

So, now that we’ve covered which other fish are good matches for your guppy tank let’s go over the tank itself! Guppies are fairly flexible as far as fish go, but it is still important to know what conditions need to be satisfied so you can have the healthiest guppies possible.

Tank Size

The first and probably one of the most important aspects of your tank is its size. The size of the tank determines what kind of fish can live in it, how many of that species, and how many of other species as well, not to mention what kind of plant life and cover will be able to fit as well.

Luckily for you, guppies don’t grow to be very big, and they don’t need to be in huge schools either. You can consider the minimum tank size for a guppy to be 5 gallons, which is pretty much the smallest size.

However, if you plan on having other kinds of fish, I would highly recommend a bigger tank. Fish grow and multiply more quickly than you might think, and although the extra space might not seem necessary now, you’ll be kicking yourself when you’re out shopping for another new tank.

So, again, I’d recommend springing for a 20 gallon or even a 25+ gallon tank if you’re planning on having a community of fish. Still, smaller tanks work, so whatever you are aiming to accomplish with your specific fish situation is perfectly fine; just make sure your guppies aren’t cramped.


Guppies are tropical freshwater fish. Originally coming from South America, they like their water to be a bit on the warmer side, as this mimics their natural environment.

The ideal water temperature for guppies is anywhere between 74 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of this rather high water temperature, your tank is going to need a heater. Buying one that can adjust easily is for the best, as you may need to make minor tweaks based on the behavior of your fish, as well as when you put in new tank mates.

Plants, And Other Hiding Spots

Guppies can be a rather shy species, so they prefer a tank with plenty of places to hide. Whether this is to get away from perceived threats, find a safe place to keep their young, or just to get out of the light for a little bit, guppies really appreciate the existence of plants, driftwood, and other covers at or near the bottom of your tank.

Aquarium plants are not only great for guppies (and other fish) to hide within, but they can also serve some other functions within your aquarium. First of all, they look great. It can look a bit strange and unnatural to simply have a naked bottom to your tank. Plants, real or fake, will give your tank a much-needed splash of life and color, making it seem more lively and active.

Secondly, if you opt to get real plants, they can be a great source of food for some species of fish and other bottom feeders such as snails and shrimp. This is because these species often feed on decaying plant matter that clings to the bottom and sides of your tank.

Water Conditions

Arguably the most important aspect of your setup other than your tank size is your water conditions. We’ve already discussed temperature, so we will skip that for now. Just keep in mind that the tank your guppies will be in will be a tropical freshwater tank, so it will be warm.

Guppies are a pretty tough species, making them flexible when it comes to water conditions. Be careful, though, as there are some things that can kill them rather quickly.

Firstly, make sure any water you mean to put guppies into is completely 100% chlorine-free. The guppies will be poisoned and suffocated by any chlorine that remains in their water. This means you have to actively remove any chlorine that is in the water. It is easy enough to find products to treat your water this way. Don’t assume there isn’t chlorine in any water; just play it safe.

All fish tanks, not just those for guppies, need some form of bacteria. It is crucial for the ecosystem of your tank that they exist. This means you must cycle your tank before putting guppies in.

Allow an ecosystem to form for a few days before putting the guppies into the tank. Then test it and make sure there is no ammonia, no nitrites, and at most 40ppm nitrates in your tank. Test kits for this kind of thing are readily available online or at your local pet supplier.

Guppies prefer a pH of 7.0 or even a little higher. This means they like their water neutral, or perhaps even a little bit basic. They also like a water hardness of dGH 8-12. Make sure these conditions are satisfied before putting your guppies in the water, and try to match your tank mates to also fit these conditions.

Will Guppies Attack Their Tank Mates?

Guppies are peaceful and non-territorial and generally tend to get along pretty well with the other fish around them. So luckily, if you’re thinking about adding tank mates, guppies aren’t going to be a problem!

Best Guppy Tank Mates for 5-gallon Tanks

Although, as I stated earlier, I would recommend a larger tank for your guppies, sometimes a 5-gallon tank can be great. They are small, so they are great for apartments or bedrooms, and they can be easy to take care of, providing you don’t overcrowd them.

That being said, it is very difficult to find tank mates that are suitable for such a small tank. Guppies like to swim in groups, so they will most definitely take up most of a 5-gallon tank. So what are the best options for tank mates for your guppy in a 5-gallon tank?


Mollies are a great tank mate for guppies in any sized tank. Like guppies, they are small and colorful, and their peaceful temperament makes them quite popular amongst beginner aquarium enthusiasts.

The small size of mollies, as well as their lack of aggression, makes them the perfect guppy tank mate.

  • Care Level: Easy. Mollies are peaceful, have a flexible diet, are small, and are quite durable too.
  • pH:  Mollies like slightly basic water, just like guppies. A pH of 7.5-8.5 will do.
  • Temperature: Mollies like warm, tropical water, with a temperature of 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Mollies reach a maximum size of about 4.5 inches, but many grow much smaller.
  • Tank Size: It is recommended you get a larger tank for mollies, but a couple of them can swim in a smaller 5-gallon tank.

Nerite Snails

Our first non-fish tank mate on the list, nerite snails, are a perfect buddy for a tiny 5-gallon tank. This is due to the fact that these colorful little crustaceans take up very little space, do a great job cleaning up the bottom of the tank, and occupy spaces your guppies won’t be interested in.

Nerites are especially good in small tanks because smaller tanks get dirty quickly. These guys will help you clean up old food scraps, decaying plant matter, and fish poop (gross, I know) that gets left at the bottom of the tank.

  • Care Level: Easy! Nerite snails are a set-and-forget. They feed on whatever’s left at the bottom of the tank, they are totally peaceful, and they stay out of the way.
  • pH: Nerite snails like slightly basic water with a pH of 7.0 to 8.7
  • Temperature: Nerite snails like warm water that is between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Nerite snails max out at about an inch, and they don’t move very far. Great space saver!
  • Tank Size: Nerite snails can go in any size tank.

Ember Tetras

Ember tetras are a great tank mate for a 5-gallon tank. The tetras themselves would probably prefer a bigger tank since they like to shoal, but a slightly smaller group can do alright in a 5-gallon tank.

These beautiful orange-ish fish will give a burst of color to your guppy tank, and they will shoal around peacefully with your guppies to boot. Tetras of any type are a pretty good pair with your guppies.

  • Care Level: Easy. Tetras are peaceful and non-territorial shoaling fish. If there are a few other ember tetras in the tank, just make sure they are fed and have some cover and you have very little to worry about.
  • pH: Ember tetras like their water a bit on the acidic size, at around a pH of 6.6. This doensn’t quite match up with your guppies, but somewhere between this and neutral should do fine for both species.
  • Temperature: Ember tetras like their water between 73 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit. A wide range, but definitely on the warmer side.
  • Size: Ember tetras are very small, and often max out at about 0.8 inches. This allows them to co-exist peacefully in smaller tanks.
  • Tank Size: A properly sized shoal of tetras belongs in a 10-gallon tank. However, a smaller one can manage in a 5-gallon tank along with your guppies.

Best Guppy Tank Mates For 10-Gallon Tanks

If 5 gallons feels a little bit cramped, but you still want to stay on the smaller side, perhaps a 10-gallon tank is the right size for you. In a 10-gallon tank, you’ll get a little bit more flexibility as to what species of fish or other aquatic creatures you’re able to keep in your tank with your guppies.

Let’s go over the best tank mates for guppies that swim in a 10-gallon tank.

African Dwarf Frogs

Another great non-fish tank-mate, African dwarf frogs, are a fun and unique tank mate for guppies and will be the envy of aquarium enthusiasts everywhere.

Although they are a little tougher to take care of than what’s been on the list so far, these aquatic frogs are worth it just for the novelty of having a frog in the tank. Their beauty and uniqueness alone make them great, not to mention they cohabitate well with guppies!

They also tend to dwell at the bottom of the tank while guppies stay toward the middle, meaning they won’t compete over space.

  • Care Level: Intermediate. It can be tricky to feed your African dwarf frogs because they are slow eaters, so guppies may intercept and eat up their food before they can get their hands on it. You may need to directly feed them with tweezers.
  • pH: African dwarf frogs like a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. This lines up well with guppies, making them great tank mates in this regard.
  • Temperature: 68 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit is a good temperature for African dwarf frogs.
  • Size: These frogs grow to around 2.5 inches in adulthood.
  • Tank Size: A 10-gallon tank is a good minimum size for African dwarf frogs.

Celestial Pearl Danios

A relatively newly discovered variant of danios, these small danios are an incredibly beautiful and safe addition to guppy tank. Their deep blue bodies with whiteish spots speckled up and down their body earn their name for them, giving them an almost night-sky look.

Celestial pearl danios are small, curious, peaceful fish. They tend to spend most of their time in groups just swimming around the tank.

  • Care Level: Easy to intermediate.
  • pH: Celestial pearl danios like water that is between 6.5 and 7.5 in pH level
  • Temperature: 73 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit should be perfect for these danios.
  • Size: Celestial pearl danios grow to around one inch on average in adulthood. Pretty small!
  • Tank Size: 10-gallon tanks should be considered the minimum for this species.

(Find out about 7 more great danios.)


Swordtails are another great beginner fish, making them an excellent guppy tank mate for those of us who are just starting out. Their ability to adapt to different water conditions as well as live in small groups (as they are not schooling fish) make them great for smaller tanks with fish-like guppies.

These fish come in a variety of colors ranging from a beautiful green to nice dull orangey-red, and get their name from their unique, blade-shaped long fin that trails off the back of them like a tail!

  • Care Level: Easy. Swordtails are considered to be fish suitable for beginner care. Their flexible omnivorous diet and peaceful attitude make them very easy to take care of.
  • pH: Swordtails like a pH between 7.0 and 8.4.
  • Temperature: Swordtails are quite flexible, able to swim in water that is anywhere between 85 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Swordtails can grow to be up to 5.5 inches in adulthood.
  • Tank Size: Consider 10 gallons to be the minimum tank size for swordtails.

Best Guppy Tank Mates For 15-Gallon Tanks

If a 10-gallon tank still seems a little bit small, and you want to have some actual larger shoals or schools in your tank, upgrading to a 15-gallon tank might be a smart move. In a 15-gallon tank, you’ll have more room for larger groups of fish or just larger tank mates in general.

Read on to find out what kinds of tank mates are good for guppies in a 15-gallon tank!


Similar to swordtails, platies are a great beginner fish. They aren’t very demanding and can live in a variety of different water conditions. They come in a wide array of colors as well, but you can bet on those colors being bright and gaudy.

They are of peaceful temperament and happen to get along very well with not only guppies but mollies, tetras, catfish, and many other great guppy tank mates as well. This makes them an excellent and easy choice for pairing up with your guppies.

The only thing you’ll have to worry about with platies is how quickly they reproduce. If you put too many females in the tank, you will have a lot of platies on your hands!

  • Care Level:  Easy. Platies are considered easy to care for, as they can live in many different water conditions, have a flexible diet, and get along with other fish well.    
  • pH:  Platies prefer water with a pH of 6.8 to 8.0
  • Temperature: Platies like warm water that is between 70 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Platies grow to approximately 2 or 3 inches in adulthood. 
  • Tank Size: Platies can live in tanks that are a minimum of 10 gallons, but when pairing them with other fish it’s best to consider a minimum of 15 gallons, with 20 gallons being even better!

Dwarf Corydoras

Dwarf corydoras is a solid tank mate for guppies due to their small size, which, unlike other cory catfish (although, as we’ll get into later, other cories can also be good tank mates), allows them to coexist with guppies in a smaller tank.

Identifiable by their black-spotted tail and a crescent-shaped white outline, these fish will bring some much-needed dullness to contrast with the bright colors of many of the other fish on this list.

Dwarf cories are peaceful fish and do not require much space to thrive, making them excellent for beginners with small tanks or those trying to save space as well.

  • Care Level: Easy. Dwarf cories are not demanding and take up very little space, making conflict almost non-existent with other peaceful fish.
  • pH: Dwarf cories are flexible, able to live in water with pH levels between 6.0 and 8.0.
  • Temperature: As another South American tropical fish, dwarf cories like warm water, around 72 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Dwarf cories grow to 1.3 inches on average in adulthood.
  • Tank Size: 10 gallons is the minimum for dwarf cories, but in a tank with guppies and other species, 15 gallons or more is ideal.

(Want to know about 13 great corydoras to add to your tank?)

Corydoras Catfish

Neon Tetras

If you’re looking to add a peaceful shoaling fish that is as eye-popping as it is easy to care for, then look no further than neon tetras. With their bright light blue head and their signature iridescent stripe that streaks along their bodies, neon tetras make a beautiful addition to any tank.

But outside their stellar looks, neon tetras have other advantages as well. They are easy to care for, as long as you have the space to allow them to shoal, and they are (as most fish on this list are) quite peaceful, allowing them to coexist, and if you’re lucky, even sometimes shoal with other species.

  • Care Level: Easy. Neon tetras are considered beginner fish, as they have a flexible diet and are conflict-averse.
  • pH: In an aquarium, neon tetras can tolerate a range of pH levels from 6.0 to 8.0
  • Temperature: The ideal temperature to keep your neon tetra’s water at is 72 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Neon tetras stay small, only reaching about 1.2 inches in adulthood
  • Tank Size: Neon tetras need room to shoal. Although this means a 20-gallon tank is ideal, you can make a 15-gallon tank work if it’s only your guppies and tetras.

Best Guppy Tank Mates For 20-Gallon Tanks

If 5, 10, and 15-gallon tanks seem too small for you, you’re probably looking into getting a larger number of fish or some fish that need the extra space. Luckily for you, there is a lot more selection and variety as the tank sizes get bigger.

Remember, anything from above can also do just fine in a larger tank, or you can select some of the great guppy tank mates below!

Cory Catfish

Although they vary a lot in size and color, cory catfish are, across the board a great tank mate for your guppies. This is mostly due to their friendly nature and their ability to coexist.

Their variety means you can buy whichever ones you think will match your tank aesthetically and plop them in the water without worrying about their relationships, as they get along well with most any peaceful freshwater fish.

Cory catfish are also bottom dwellers. This is good because they can help keep your tank clean, but you need to be careful. Having sand on the bottom of your tank rather than gravel or another hard substance is good, as cory catfish have barbel fins that can be hurt or damaged by gravel and other hard material.

  • Care Level: Easy. If the tank is set up properly (soft material on bottom), cory catfish will get along with most any freshwater fish well, and help you clean your tank to boot!
  • pH: Cory catfish like their water slightly basic, with a pH range of 7.0 to 8.0.
  • Temperature: Cory catfish prefer water that is between 74 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Cory catfish usually end up anywhere between 1 and 4 inches.
  • Tank Size: Consider 20 gallons a good minimum for most cory catfish besides dwarf cories (see note*).

*Note: The dwarf cories we talked about above are an example of cory catfish. However, they can fit in a smaller tank, so they were placed in a different category. Pay attention to the size of your cories to see if they are in the right sized tank, as cories vary in size a lot!

Otocinclus Catfish

The Otocinclus catfish is a quite timid and delicate bottom-feeding catfish famous for loving algae. They are fantastic scavengers and do a great job of keeping the bottom of the tank clean.

However, they can be a bit difficult to care for, as they are sensitive to water conditions that are not proper for them.  Despite this, if they are placed in the right water, they will be friendly and coexist with the other fish in your tank with ease. This makes them a great pair with guppies.

  • Care Level: Intermediate. Their sensitivity to their water conditions makes it so the caretaker must pay more attention to them than an average fish.
  • pH:  This catfish likes a pH of between 6.0 and 7.5, making it quite flexible as far as pH levels are concerned.
  • Temperature: Otos prefer water that ranges from 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Otocinclus catfish reach around 2.5-3 inches in adulthood.
  • Tank Size: These fish are relatively large and need some room to hide. 20 gallons is the minimum for them!

Kuhli Loach

Kuhli loaches are a special fish, often being mistaken for eels by onlookers due to their long, eel-like bodies. However, these loaches are actually just freshwater fish. Their fun and unique look isn’t the only thing that will make you want them in your tank, however.

Kuhli loaches are quite flexible, accepting most kinds of food and coexisting well with other peaceful freshwater fish. This makes them an ideal match for guppies!

One thing to watch out for, however, is their propensity to jump. Make sure your aquarium cover is on tight, or you’ll find a kuhli loach on the floor of your house! Also, much like cory catfish, kuhli loaches prefer a sand substrate, so they don’t damage their delicate fins while bottom-feeding.

  • Care Level: Intermediate. Kuhli loaches have a few special needs, such as more plants than average, sand substrate, and a watchful caretaker who will make sure they don’t jump out of the tank!
  • pH: Kuhli loaches like their water with a pH level of 5.5-6.0 in the wild, but can tolerate 7.0 in an aquarium.
  • Temperature: Kuhli loaches love warm water, swimming in water that ranges from 75 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Kuhli loaches are fairly large, averaging out at around 4 inches in adulthood.
  • Tank Size: As a large fish, kuhli loaches need at least a 20-gallon tank to swim around in.

Honey Gouramis

A fish for more seasoned aquarium owners, honey gouramis are a bit difficult to take care of. However, with proper care, they make a great non-aggressive tank mate for guppies, as they tend to stay out of the way and hide in the shade, leaving plenty of swimming room for guppies.

That being said, they don’t come highly recommended for beginners. If you’re willing to take on the challenge, there are some things you should know!

Honey gouramis need to be in a small school, about four to six fish should do, to feel comfortable in a tank. Your tank should have an abundance of plants in it, giving the gourami a place to hide when they’re feeling particularly shy.

  • Care Level: Hard. Honey gouramis require constant care and are a high-maintenance species.
  • pH: These fish live in water that has a pH level of between 6.0 and 7.5, ranging from acidic to slightly basic.
  • Temperature: Honey gouramis prefer water that is between 71 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: This fish grows to around 2 inches in adulthood.
  • Tank Size: Honey gouramis can live in a tank as small as 10 gallons. However, that’s if they’re on their own. With your guppies (and potentially other tank mates), they should be in at least a 20-gallon tank.

Best Guppy Tank Mates For 25+ Gallon Tanks

If none of the other tank sizes seem big enough for you, consider getting a 25-gallon, 30-gallon, or even larger tank! These tanks can house fish of all kinds and can be the home to a bustling and thriving aquatic community!

Although more expensive, they give your community room to swim, are easier to maintain due to less rapidly changing water conditions, and do not need to be replaced as often if your community outgrows the tank.

Here are some great guppy tank mates that you can put into larger tanks!

Bristlenose Plecos

The peaceful nature of bristlenose plecos makes them a fantastic companion for guppies in a larger tank. They are quite lookers as well, with bright colors to go along with their strange heads, which are home to fleshy tentacle-like appendages.

As most bottom dwellers are, so long as they have the proper plant cover and substrate, bristlenose plecos are quite easy to take care of. On top of this, they will do some of your work for you, eating up old bits of food and decaying plant matter, allowing you to clean your tank a little less frequently.

  • Care Level: Easy. These bottom-feeders feed off of whatever falls to the bottom of your tank, and as long as they have a comfortable substrate to glide above and plant cover to hide beneath, they are content staying out of the way.
  • pH: Bristlenose plecos can tolerate water that is slightly acidic to slightly basic, thriving in pH levels between 6.5 and 7.5.
  • Temperature: Another tropical freshwater fish, these plecos prefer water between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Bristlenose plecos are a smaller species of catfish, growing to around 3 to 5 inches.
  • Tank Size: Bristlenose plecos need a lot of space, so they require a tank that is at least 25 gallons. The bigger the better!

(Find out whether the 15 most common plecos are right for your tank!)


Cardinal Tetras

Don’t let their small size fool you; cardinal tetras need plenty of room. However, if you have a tank that can house them (probably 30 gallons or more, although 25 can be done), they make a fantastic tank mate for guppies.

This is due to their similarities with guppies in behavior. Like guppies, they are very non-confrontational and mostly mind their own business, spending their days shoaling and swimming around the tank. They are not picky eaters and can get along with almost any other peaceful freshwater fish. Their beautiful blue and orange coloring, along with their propensity to shoal, make for a beautiful sight in any tank.

However, there are some caveats. Firstly, since they aren’t picky eaters, they will sometimes eat baby guppies if left alone. Make sure your tank has enough hiding spots for baby guppies to stay safe until they grow up!

  • Care Level: Easy. Cardinal tetras are very similar to guppies. Simply ensure they have enough room in your large tank and feed them appropriately, and they will take care of the rest.
  • pH: Cardinal tetras like quite acidic water, with a pH level between 5.0 and 6.0.
  • Temperature: Like guppies, cardinal tetras are tropical freshwater fish. This means they like warmer water, between 73 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Cardinal tetras grow to around 1.25 inches on average in adulthood.
  • Tank Size: Although they’re small, cardinal tetras love to be in large groups and swim great distances over a day. 30 gallons is ideal.

Siamese Algae Eater

As one might think when reading their name, Siamese algae eaters are famous for eating algae! However, unlike most species that eat algae, they don’t really just hang out at the bottom of the tank. They spend plenty of time there but also explore the rest of the tank for scraps of algae as well.

Siamese algae eaters love a tank with a good amount of plant cover and a soft substrate like sand. Otherwise, they are quite standard to care for.

  • Care Level: Easy. Siamese algae eaters are often recommended for beginners.
  • pH: Siamese algae eaters are flexible, able to live in pH levels between 6.5 and 8.0.
  • Temperature: Siamese algae eaters like warm water between 72 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: One of the larger fish on this list, these guys max out at around 6 inches.
  • Tank Size: Siamese algae eaters like large tanks, due to their large size. At least 25 gallons is preferred, with 30 or more being even better.

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What Shrimp Can Live With Guppies?

Cherry Shrimp

Continuing with the theme of non-fish tank mates, cherry shrimp are a solid addition to a smaller tank as well. Their small size, peaceful demeanor, and ease of care make them a pretty good guppy tank mate. Their beautiful deep red color is a rare sight in many fish tanks and is welcome as a great change pace visually speaking.

  • Care Level: Cherry shrimp are easy to take care of since they’re bottom feeders.
  • pH: 6.5 to 8.0 is a great pH range for cherry shrimp.
  • Temperature: Cherry shrimp like a moderately warm 72 degrees as their ideal water temperature.
  • Size: These shrimp grow to around 1.6 inches on average.
  • Tank Size: A 10-gallon tank should be fine for these bottom-dwelling shrimp.

Amano Shrimp

Amano shrimp are a peaceful bottom-dwelling species of shrimp that can be a great piece of your tank’s cleanup crew! Although their translucent bodies make them a bit hard to see, they are larger in size than cherry shrimp and other kinds of aquarium shrimp, so given proper light, you can get a good view of these funny little shrimp!

This shrimp’s translucent body gets tinted based on diet, as they are omnivorous and will eat many things. In fact, they often steal food from other members of the tank!  Although this is funny, make sure everyone is getting fed afterward!

  • Care Level: Easy. As with most bottom feeders, Amano shrimp are quite easy to care for. They will eat mostly leftovers and scavenge for what they need.
  • pH: Amano shrimp swim in slightly acidic water, with a range of pH levels from 6.0-7.0.
  • Temperature: Quite flexible, Amano shrimp can live in water that is heated to anywhere between 85 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Size: Fairly large for shrimp, these “little” guys grow to around 2 whole inches!
  • Tank Size: The larger size of Amano shrimp means they require a minimum of 20-gallons to thrive in a tank.
Amano Shrimp


So, as you can see, guppies are quite a flexible species. Able to live with a huge variety of different fish depending on tank size, guppies’ peaceful temperament and flexible diet, as well as their wide range of possible water treatment options, make them a great fish to base a tank around especially for beginners.

Whether you’re going to pair them with African dwarf frogs or cardinal tetra, or anything in between, your tropical freshwater tank will look beautiful if you pair your guppies with anything on this list!

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to build yourself a dream aquarium. Have fun!

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