25 Guppy Tank Mates you can Join (With Images)

What Fish Can Join My Guppies?

It won’t be long after you have set up a guppy tank that you probably add more fish to it.

While guppies are your priority you want to be absolutely sure that whatever additions are being made to the tank they are not going to compromise the safety of your guppies.

What you want to look for is a selection of community fish that have the docile nature to be able to live among your guppies in a safe and happy manner.

  • Platy Fish (Platies)
  • Molly Fish (Mollies)
  • Swordtail Fish
  • Cory Catfish
  • Bristlenose Pleco
  • Rainbowfish (Boeseman’s)
  • Siamese Algae Eater
  • Gourami Fish (Honey Gouramis)
  • Angelfish
  • Tetras
    1. Cardinal Tetra
    2. Neon Tetras
  • Rasbora Fish (Harlequin Rasboras)
  • Betta Fish (Female Betta)
  • Otocinclus Fish
  • Danios
  • Clown Loaches
  • Cichlids
    1. Ram Cichlids
    2. Peacock Cichlids
  • Discus Fish
  • Kuhli Loach
  • Snails: Nerite Snails
  • Shrimp
    1. Crystal Shrimp
    2. Amano Shrimp
    3. Red Cherry Shrimp
  • African Dwarf Frog


The size of the additions that you’re going to be adding to your tank will be important.

While some have had good luck with putting the Danios in with their guppies this requires caution as some types have been known to nip at the fins of other fish.

This breed of fish really needs to be in schools and they might not be the greatest choice for your guppy tank.

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Corydoras catfish:

If you want a fish that has an interesting look to it then you would be safe to go with the Corydoras catfish. This particular species has a lot of good features.

They remain relatively small and they are peaceful, and they are easy to find at your local stores.

They are also easy to breed and are known to be hardy. This means that they don’t need any extra care or they are not going to compromise the atmosphere that is required for your guppies.

Danios Guppy Tank Mates You Can Join
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No doubt the fish that you are choosing to accompany your guppies are ones that you want that is going to be colorful and interesting as well.

You can take a look at some of the Cichlids. but choose carefully here as some of these species can be aggressive.

Focus on the smaller ones in the different strains, and one that is compatible is the Rams.

They are normally quite peaceful and they have a great color to them so you will definitely enjoy picking the ones that appeal to you in this regard.

Neon tetras:

Guppies and neon tetras make friendly tank mates if some preconditions are aptly met.

What you want to keep in mind is that with the guppies as well as Tetris they are most happy when kept in with their own species.

They are classed as schooling fish and being among their own kind is when they are most comfortable.

A school or shoal of at least half a dozen with guppies creates harmony among them,

never keep one single fish on its own they become aggressive and may bite each other’s fins.

10 to 15 gallons of water, room for swimming, and hiding places are helpful for them to live together.

neon tetras Guppy Tank Mates You Can Join
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Betta Fish

Can you put a guppy with a betta? The simple answer is yes, guppies and betta fish complement each other well in the same aquarium.

Follow some basics like, Feed your betta and guppies separately and use live plants to help them hide.

So your worry is on the characteristics of the fish that you are going to be introducing.

beta fish Guppy Tank Mates You Can Join
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Species to Avoid as Guppy Tank Mates

Here is a list of bad tank mates that you should probably avoid keeping with Guppies:

  1. Adult Angelfish
  2. Adult Cichlids
  3. Oscar Fish
  4. Tiger barbs
  5. Killifish
  6. Endler’s Livebearers
  7. Flowerhorn fish
  8. Goldfish

Adult Angelfish

These two species do fine unless angelfish is a juvenile – adult Angelfish usually see Guppies as an easy snack.

Note: A lot of breeders have success in keeping Angelfish with Guppies, personally I don’t recommend it.

It is hard to monitor their growth and aggression pattern and you might see your guppy mysteriously gone.

Some novices really like the look of the angelfish and feel that this would be a great addition to the tank, however, this could be a big mistake as the freshwater angelfish will eat your guppies.

angelfish Guppy Tank Mates You Can Join
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Adult Cichlids

Cichlids are pretty territorial and aggressive, Adults look at Guppies a lot more as their snack rather than a “tank mate”.

cichlids Guppy Tank Mates You Can Join
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Endler’s Livebearers

Guppies and Endler’s Livebearers get along Well, but why do hobbyists avoid them as tank mates?

Guppies and Endler’s crossbreed easily, resulting in genetically unhealthy and weak offspring, which is something the fish-keepers avoid.

Tiger barbs

Then there are some fish like the Tiger barbs that will go after the fins of the guppies. and often hurts them.

tiger barbs Guppy Tank Mates You Can Join
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Oscar Fish

Oscar fish are predatory fish that will eat your guppies the first chance they get. In fact, guppies are actually feeding them.

oscar fish Guppy Tank Mates You Can Join
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Aggressive fish and must avoid with calm guppies.

kill fish Guppy Tank Mates You Can Join
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Flowerhorn fish

Flowerhorn is a bully fish with its appearance of a hump on the forehead and bulky body surely makes it an avoidable tank mate.

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Goldfish and guppies are simply a mismatch, as goldfish requires cold water which guppies don’t prefer.

Any Other Mate large enough to eat them

What you want to do as a starting factor to help you decide is look at the size of the fish that you’re going to introduce, and if they are small enough that they cannot consume the guppies then you may be safer.

However, you really want to rely on the experts at your local aquarium shop to help you assist with choosing those species that you will know for sure are not going to upset the guppy tank.

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