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Preferred Levels of Community Fish


Choosing fish that prefer different levels within the tank is often overlooked when setting up a community aquarium. Here is a list, split by preferred level, of over one hundred popular aquarium fish. Keep in mind that water conditions (pH, temp, hardness), size, and compatibility must also be considered when choosing fish for your community tank.

Prefer Any Level
Bala Shark - Very large fish that should only be kept in large tanks
Giant Danio
Pearl Danio
Rosy Barb
Two Spot Barb
Upside Down Catfish - Best kept in small schools
White Clouds
Zebra Danio - Should be kept in schools

Prefer Top Level
Common Hatchetfish

Prefer Top and Mid Level
African Glass Catfish
Axelrod's Rainbowfish
Banded Rainbow
Black Neon Tetra - Should be kept in schools
Bloodfin Tetra
Blue Gourami - Keep with fish of similar size
Boesmans Rainbow
Celebes Rainbowfish
Congo Tetra
Dwarf Gourami - Do not keep with large or aggressive fish
Harlequin Rasoboras
Honey Gouram
Kissing Gourami - Keep with medium to large sized fish
Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish
Lake Wanam Rainbowfish
Lemon Tetra
Marbled Hatchetfish - Keep in schools
Moonlight Gourami - Do not keep with aggressive fish
Mosquito Fish
Neon Rainbowfish
Papuan Rainbowfish
Pearl Gourami
Penguin Tetra
Red Rainbowfish
Scissortail Rasbora

Prefer Mid-Level
Black Phantom Tetra - Keep in schools
Black Widow Tetra
Bleeding Heart Tetra
Blind Cave Fish
Buenos Aires Tetra
Diamond Tetra
Emperor Tetra - Prefers dense vegetation
Flame Tetra
Glowlight Tetra
Head and Tailight Tetra
Horse-faced Loach
Phantom Tetra
Red Eye Tetra
Rummy Nose Tetra
Serpae Tetra
Silver Dollar - Will eat most live plants
Silver-tipped Tetra
Tiger Barb
X-Ray Tetra

Prefer Mid and Bottom Level
Agassiz' Dwarf Cichlid
Algae Eater
Bolivian Ram
Butterfly Ram
Cardinal Tetra
Cherry Barb
Chocolate Gourami - Do not keep with other Gouramis
Clown Loach
Dwarf Loach
Flying Fox
Gold Barb
Green Barb
Neon Tetra
Otocinclus - Best suited for live planted tank
Paradise Fish
Red Tailed Shark
Snakeskin Gourami
Spanner Barb
Tinfoil Barb

Prefer Bottom Level
Adolfos Cory
Albino Cory
Bandit Cory
Blackfin Cory
Bristlenose catfish
Bristlenose Catfish
Bronze Cory
Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
Kuhli Loach
Leopard Cory
Panda Cory
Peppered Cory
Pictus Catfish
Weather Loach

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