Can goldfish Stay with tropical fish?

What Kinds Of Fish Can Live With Goldfish?

It's really not advisable to keep goldies with tropical fish. Not because of their slime coat but because of the temperature.
Can they live in warmer temps? Sure, but it compromises their health in the long run.
You could try White Cloud minnows, very cute and like the cooler temps that goldies thrive in.

Thanks Akex, I knw there was some kind of loach that prefered cooler water, couldn't remember the name of it.

Godfish are better in unheated tanks rather than in heated tanks.

Also, Rosy Reds do great with goldies!

i was thinking guppies cause i do it all the time with none dying or getting sick but that might just be luck?

i put guppies in with them when i dont have enough room in tanks etc
apparently they can stand temps to 18 degrees celcius!!!

Originally Posted by cichlidsmad

i was thinking guppies cause i do it all the time with none dying or getting sick but that might just be luck?

i put guppies in with them when i dont have enough room in tanks etc
apparently they can stand temps to 18 degrees celcius!!!

Because a fish can stand something doesn't mean it's right to keep them that way.
Wrong temperatures cause fish stress, stress weakens their immune system making it harder for them to fight off illness and disease.

Yes, I've seen & heard of many other kinds of fish being kept with Goldfish, but I guess it's either hard on the goldfish (warmer temps) are hard on the other fish.
When I got my goldfish from my local petco & all their tanks filter through one another (except the saltwater tanks of course). So the goldfish were in a heated tank. So I floated them in their bag in my 20gallon heated tank for awhile & then put them in. I've been slowly lowering the tank temp a few degrees today & will continue to do so until I can take the heater out.
Since I already have over the goldfish stocking rule & a bit under the reagular fish rule, I will leave my 3 goldies to themselves.
I would consider adjusting tank temps if I had some kind of issue & needed to combine goldfish & other fish, but for now things will be left as they are. Maybe I'll switch my 75 gallon tank over to a goldfish & minnow tank in 5 years- but for now I'm enjoying my platies, mollies & corys in that tank.

Thanks for the replies & info.
Jen

PS- thanks for moving my thread- I couldn't find the goldfish forum!

fatheads and rosys i have with goldies in my pong get along great

Originally Posted by jen.chris

Your welcome. It took me a while to find it too. lol

I found a good article on what kinds of fish are coldwater fish (aka would be ok with goldfish)

So this is going to be a super long post, but hopefull helpful to others:
What Fish Species are Coldwater?
By Shirlie Sharpe, About.com
***I deleted the article***

Last edited by jen.chris; March 6th, 2009 at 02:27 PM.

The thing with bettas...

by shevy

Is that they need a heated tank. They are a tropical, not a coldwater fish, and they do not thrive in those tiny bowls they are sold in. You can get away with a smaller tank, but a heater will definitely need to be purchased.
Consider also guppies, which are very hardy and the males are extremely pretty, or mollies. Stay away from goldfish, which require about 10 gallons for every inch of fish and are very messy.
You need to speak to the parents before purchasing any type of pet, to make sure that they are willing to have that pet in their home and to take care of it when the child fails to (which pretty much always happens, no matter how much they want the pet or what age they are)

Rules of thumb

by arctic_iguana

Of course, there are many exceptions, but:
Goldfish (including fancy): 1 inch of fish per 2 gallons of water.
Tropical (freshwater): 1 inch per gallon.
Saltwater: 1 inch per 5 gallons
So, if you want lots of fish, you will get more with goldfish or fresh. Also not that you cannot mix goldfish with most other freshwater fish. (Plecos are one exception.) Goldfish want cool/cold water, and tropicals want warmer water.
If you are still learning, I would stick with tropicals or goldfish. Salt can be expensive and the fish are often more critical of salinity, chemistry, temps, etc

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