Fish Archives - Planted Tank Mates
Super red bristlenose pleco catfish (Ancistrus sp. "Super Red").

Types of Pleco Catfish

Overview There are many types of pleco catfish that can join your freshwater community.  These suckermouth catfishes are often advertised as algae-eating “tank cleaners”, but can actually produce a lot of waste themselves.  It’s a common misconception to just buy them and let them eat the crap in your tank.  They do require a balanced...Continue reading

Dwarf pea puffer fish (Carinotetraodon travancoricus).

Dwarf Pea Puffers

Overview Dwarf Pea Puffers are awesome little predators.  They’ve become popular in the aquarium world for their adorable appearance and personality.  Let’s not forget their unique way of swimming.  They have tiny fins that flutter fast like a hummingbird, suspending themselves and maneuvering through the aquarium like a helicopter or drone.  If startled, they can...Continue reading

powder blue and red dwarf gourami fish

Types of Gourami

Overview There are many different types of gourami that can make a beautiful centerpiece to your aquarium. They range in sizes from from popular dwarf sizes up to giant 24 inches. Contrary to common belief, they are labyrinth fish related to the aggressive betta species. They are generally peaceful as a single species with other...Continue reading

Rasbora shoal

Schooling Fish

Overview Schooling fishes are fun to watch and they create great visualizations for a community tank.  Gathering and swimming together is a social behavior that naturally occurs as a means for comfort and safety.  Small fish will form packs to feel confident and appear larger in size against bigger bodies.  Most freshwater nano fishes exhibit...Continue reading

Cherry Barbs

Cherry Barbs – Tank Mates

Overview Cherry Barbs are great community fish!  Barbs in general have a bad reputation for being aggressive, but Cherry Barbs are the exception.  They max out at 2” in size and are very hardy.  They can tolerate PH from 6.0 – 8.0, providing a variety of options for acidic or alkaline tank mates.  Males are...

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