As many people often fail to realise, there are a number of issues that arise when you decide to store most other fish with your goldfish. In the most basic sense, in the wild those species would never come to live together and, just because your local aquarium sells them, it doesn’t mean you should be storing them together. However, there are a number of different marine animals that can safely be stored with your goldfish, and here are four you can purchase today.
The great thing about Plecos, and why they are so well suited to living with goldfish, is their calm and non-predatory manner. In most cases, the Bristlenose or Rubbernose Plecos spend most of their day sucking algae off rocks and glass and keep themselves to themselves. In some cases, they can be known to suck the protective coats off goldfish, so keep their numbers down respective to your goldfish to avoid outnumbering.
2. White Cloud Mountain Minnow
The White Cloud Mountain Minnow is a fish that should be kept in groups of at least 5 and make a great addition to any goldfish bowl. They can also accept quite a varying range of temperatures, roughly 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, making them well suited to the living environment of a goldfish.
3. Zebra Danio
You may likely have heard that goldfish don’t often live very well with tropical fish, and that is true. However, the Zebra Danio is a great exception to this list as it requires temperatures between 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and so can live well aside goldfish. Just be sure to purchase them in groups of 6 or more.
4. Rosy Barbs
Again, due to similar ideal living temperatures of 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, Rosy Barbs are good living companions for your common goldfish. They grow to around 4 to 6 inches in size and are best purchased in groups of 3 or more.
If you’ve previously been told that there are few fish that can live with goldfish, then hopefully this has given you some hope and inspiration. A final parting piece of advice is that before making any new purchases, consider the living environment you have and decide if it is truly suitable for this mixture of species. By putting in the little extra time now, you’ll soon have a colourful and lively bowl of happy fish to be proud of.
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