15 Best Guppy Fish Tank Mates

The Guppy is not the type of fish you are going to have a lot of problems with when looking for tank mates. The thing with peaceful fish like this one is that they are compatible with a huge number of other fish. There are many ways to set up a colorful community tank with Guppies.

Thanks to their personality, they get along well with all the fish we are going to talk about in this article. There are so many potential tank mates for the Guppy fish that your best bet is to open up a list like this one and choose the ones you like the most.

I did the hard part for you by selecting the 15 best Guppy fish tank mates in my opinion.  I’m going to start with the most common one, which is the Platy fish.

1. Platy Fish

Platy FishThe reason why the Platy fish got first place on my list is that you can hardly find another fish that gets along better with your Guppy.

It is as if they were made for each other. They thrive in the same water conditions and both of them are livebearers.

Not to mention that both species come in a wide range of color varieties. The best thing about them is that they are compatible with most of the other species that Guppies are compatible with. In my opinion, this makes the Platy fish the perfect choice for beginners.

2. Molly Fish

Molly FishThe Molly fish is yet another livebearer that would be a great companion for your Guppy. Mollies are also frequently recommended for beginners because of their hardiness and easy care.

What the Molly fish shares in common with the Guppy are its peaceful nature and preference of water conditions.

Simply put, they are a great match. You can feed both of them the same foods because Molly is also an omnivore.

This species also allows you to set up a diverse community aquarium without being worried about compatibility too much.

3. Swordtail Fish

Swordtail FishIf you are looking for something out of the ordinary, then the Swordtail is one of the species you should consider.

With its long and spiky tail, this species seems quite the aggressive type. The fact is that we are talking about a peaceful fish here that is going to feel awesome on the side of your Guppy fish.

Swordtails are not always orange, they are available in a variety of different colors. One of the things that characterize the Guppy and the Swordtail as well is that both of them tend to jump out of the tank. You can fix this problem easily by placing a lid on top of the tank.

I recommend keeping Swordtails in a school of 5-6. Also be careful about the male-female ratio because they are avid breeders.

4. Neon Tetras

Neon TetraThe Neon Tetra is a popular choice among fish keepers who are looking for a Guppy tank mate.

If you want to breed Guppies in the tank, then you need to be careful because Tetras tend to eat the fry. You need to separate them as fast as possible if you want them to be safe.

It is often enough to use plants and other decorations to provide hiding places for the fry.

Otherwise, Neon Tetras are quite peaceful and they should be kept in a school. This means that you need to get 5-6 of them, which will require you to get a big enough tank.

5. Cory Catfish

Panda CorydorasCorys are a great match for a huge number of fish species because they are bottom dwellers. They spend most of their time in the lower part of the tank, looking for leftover foods. Cory Catfish are basically collectors but you still need to feed them with sinking foods.

They are not going to bother your Guppy or any other fish in your aquarium thanks to their friendly behavior. Besides the need for sinking foods, Corys don’t have any special needs which makes them ideal for beginner fish keepers.

I recommend laying down a sand substrate instead of anything else because a rough one can damage their barbels.

6. Bristlenose Pleco

Bristlenose PlecoThe Bristlenose Pleco is another bottom dweller that is compatible with the Guppy. With its elongated body and thin tentacles on its nose, the Bristlenose is a truly unique addition to a community aquarium.

This one is probably going to be the most peaceful fish in your aquarium, causing no tension whatsoever.

Bristlenose Plecos have no business with Guppies because the two occupy different levels in the tank.

They always do a great job consuming all the algae and leftover foods in the tank, which makes them thorough cleaners.

If you want to keep a Bristlenose Pleco as a tank mate, you need to buy a slightly bigger tank than the one recommended for Guppies. 

7. Dwarf Gourami

The Dwarf Gourami is the first Guppy tank mate on the list that is a bit more demanding. Although this one is going to be a bit of a challenge for beginners, it is definitely worth it. Dwarf Gouramis flourish in some of the most amazing colors, not to mention the unique patternst that cover their body.

Since this one is a schooling fish, it is better to keep it in a group of 4 to 6 individuals.

For the Gourami, you definitely need a well-planted tank because they don’t like to stay under the light for too long. You can mix it up by getting a few bigger rocks, caves or driftwood as well.

The more hiding places there are in the tank, the more shade for your Dwarf Gourami.

8. Harlequin Rasboras

Harlequin RasborasThe Harlequin Rasbora is one of the smaller fish on the list that is compatible with the Guppy. They are beautiful with their copper base color and the black triangle on their side. I

f you are a beginner, then I can only recommend you to get a Harlequin Rasbora for your Guppy fish.

Now, since they are schooling fish, the best you can do is to buy a group of 5-6.

Otherwise, they are going to be rather stressed in a community aquarium. Rasboras usually mind their own business and don’t interact much with Guppies.

9. Zebra Danio

Zebra Danio FishZebra Danios thrive in exactly the same water conditions as Guppies, which is one thing that makes them outstanding tank mates. The other thing is that both of them are peaceful fish.

Since Danios are fast swimmers and avid eaters, you need to make sure your Guppy gets enough food when it is feeding time.

A great tactic is to drop the food randomly in the tank instead of pouring it in all at once. This will result in plenty of leftover foods but you can also get a couple of scavenger fish to take care of it.

10. Siamese Algae Eater

siamese-algae-eaterThe only thing the Siamese Algae Eater cares about is eating algae. This fish usually minds its own business looking for algae and spending most of its time near the substrate.

As long as you keep one, your aquarium will be crystal clear of algae.

Siamese Algae Eaters are quick swimmers and they are constantly exploring the lower layer of the tank, sometimes even swimming upwards a bit.

They are quick but peaceful, which makes them outstanding tank mates with Guppies and many other species.

11. Otocinclus Catfish

Otocinclus FishI am going to give you one more option when it comes to algae eaters, which is the Otocinclus Catfish.

This one looks absolutely adorable with its elongated body and innocent-looking eyes. The Otocinclus is always up for some algae eating.

If there are no algae to consume, it is going to swim in a rapid pace in the tank. They are quick and hungry, yet rather sensitive to water parameters. If you keep the Otocinclus Catfish with Guppies, you need to pay particular attention to water changes and parameters overall.

12. Kuhli Loach

Kuhli LoachThe Kuhli Loach basically looks like a snake, although a pretty fancy one. This nocturnal species is best to be kept in a group of 5 individuals. During the day, they prefer hiding behind plants, driftwood or other decoration that you have in the aquarium.

The Kuhli is basically scaleless and it can hurt himself pretty easily. For this reason, it is better to get some sand substrate instead of a rougher one.

13. Ram Cichlids

ram-cichlid-fishIf you want to add some cichlids to your tank, then you need to be careful. It is widely known about cichlids that they are aggressive when kept in a home aquarium.

This is true to most of them but still, there are some exceptions and one of them is the Ram cichlid.

These colorful beauties are small and relatively peaceful in temperament if you compare them to other popular cichlids in the aquarium trade.

Ram cichlids are livebearers and they are pretty good tank mates for Guppies, thriving in the same water conditions.

14. African Dwarf Frog

African Dwarf FrogWhile looking for tank mates for your Guppies, why not consider adding a frog to your tank?

African Dwarf Frogs are compatible with a variety of other fish, allowing you to set up an exciting community tank. They spend most of their time moving on the substrate while other fish swim above them in the tank.

Now, this frog is definitely a slow eater compared to Guppies so make sure they get enough food for the day. Once you drop in that sinking food, make sure it gets to the bottom. Otherwise, drop in some more or your African Dwarf Frog will stay hungry.

15. Discus Fish

Discus FishThe Discus Fish is one of the more decorative species you can get as a Guppy tank mate. The typical aquarium setup for a Discus is one with many plants that provide shade and shelter.

Since this species is carnivorous, it thrives on a meat-based diet full of protein.

Now, if you are a beginner, then the Discus might not be for you. Guppies thrive in a lower water temperature than the Discus.

Finding the middle ground between the two and keeping it consistent is very important.

Wrap Up

The Guppy is not the type of fish that has problems getting along with other fish in the tank. On the contrary, it is one of the most social and peaceful species you can find. On top of that, Guppies are quite hardy fish which makes them completely beginner-friendly.

Although there are far more species that are compatible with Guppies, these are the best tank mates in my opinion. Most of them are beginner-friendly but if you are looking for a bit of a challenge, then you can choose one of the more demanding ones as well.  

Guppy Fish   Updated: October 2, 2021
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