Goldfish Tank Mates – Information & Suggestions

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By nature the goldfish is a fast learner and will make a loving fish pet in your aquarium, they are an intelligent type of fish and can recognize their keepers.

In the wild, they are trouble makers from eating the larvae and eggs of the long-toed salamander to making the water too dirty for other aquatic animals to feed.

The above behavior should not deceive you that the goldfish are aggressive, only that they love to play a lot. However, if you see your goldfish displaying some aggressive behavior, it is probably because of stress or sickness caused by inappropriate living conditions or poor water quality. Goldfish are, however, suitable for a community tank and in the excerpt below we will explore some of the likely fish that can be paired with your goldfish.

10 Compatible Goldfish Tank mates

1. The Bloodfin Tetra

The Blood Fin Tetra

Bloodfin tetras are a hardy type of fish and large enough not to fit in the goldfish’s mouth, so they don’t run the risk of being eaten. And to comfortably pair the two types of fishes you should invest in a big tank because the tetra’s area shoaling fish. Be aware that the blood fin tetras will nip at your goldfish, but the latter are also not very nice as they will display some of their wild characters and dirtify the water too much that the tetras can barely feed.

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2. Bristlenose Pleco

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The bristlenose does not have a large structure and can rarely fit in the goldfish’s mouth, in addition, there are some pleco fish that have a history of sucking on the goldfishes scales and causing serious injuries but not the bristlenose pleco. The latter are good tank cleaners and will maintain your tank water quality by feeding on algae.

To pair the two fishes be sure to get a big enough tank, important to note though is that the bristlenose pleco rarely sucks on the goldfishes scales but you never know when it might decide to. To this extent invest in hiding spots and caves inside your fish tank.

3. Corydoras Catfish

Corydoras Catfish

If you are keeping the corydoras catfish then you can worry less about the leftover food on the substrate and their ability to spike the levels of ammonia because this fish loves to feed on them. They are a peaceful type of fish that can coexist with the goldfish in your aquarium, however, they may not take bullying lightly.

Corydoras are a schooling type of fish, so be sure to find a large enough tank and given that they are bottom feeders, there is every possibility that the goldfish might grab its food before it reaches the bottom so you might have to be smart on how you feed the fish.

4. Platy


Platies are good breeders and will rarely need your help; they do deliver many fry at a specific time. However, you may need to find a different breeding fish tank because both the platies and the goldfish will feed on the fry. Platies are a small fish but chunky enough not to fit in the goldfishes mouth, caring for the fish does not involve a steep learning curve and you can find them in a variety of interesting colors.

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5. Checker Barb

Checker Barb

Barbs, in general, do have a long life and are a semi-aggressive type of fish with a lifespan of up to 7 years. Checkered barbs love their swimming space so be sure to provide plenty of that, and given their love for space they will most likely outrun your goldfish when it comes to swimming.

Though they can barely fit in the goldfish’s mouth, other big fish might attempt to swallow them so you have to be careful with the type of fish that you pair them with.

6. The Black Skirt Tetra

Black Skirt Tetra

Black skirt tetras are a semi-aggressive type of fish and will nip at other members of your aquarium especially those with long fins. They are also good at performing jumps that may lead straight to suicide, so ensure that your fish tank does have a tight-fitting hood.

They are however hardy and easy to care for and since they do well in schools you will have to provide them with a spacious fish tank.

7. Gold Barb 

Gold Barb

Gold barbs are fish nippers and will destroy some of your live aquarium plants and decorations if you have any. They do eat their own eggs and will also scatter them in the fish tank, what’s more, is that feeding on their fry doesn’t affect their conscience. They are however easy to care for and will add to the cosmetic beauty of your aquarium with their gold color.

Gold barbs are a shoaling fish and will thus need a lot of space to share with your goldfish. Barbs, in general, are fish nippers and very territorial, however, you don’t need to worry about that with the gold barb.

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8. Murray River Rainbowfish

Murray River Rainbowfish

The Murray river rainbowfish do have a nice attractive color for your aquarium, they are an easy to rear fish and do well in community tanks because of their docile temperament. For peaceful coexistence with your goldfish provide enough room for the Murray fish. Rainbow fishes don’t live very long, they may only stay with you for a year and a half but other hardy types can live for up to 5 years.

9. Scissortail Rasbora

Scissortail Rasbora

Scissortail rasbora thrives in community tanks, they do have a vibrant silver sheen on their body that will add to the aesthetic value of your fish tank. The scissortail rasbora is a schooling type of fish and you will thus need to invest in a big fish tank. For the fish to thrive in any environment ensure to provide temperatures of about 73 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

10. Rubberlip Pleco

Rubberlip Pleco

The rubberlip pleco can live with you for a staggering 15 years with those in the wild exceeding that. A disgusting character of the pleco however, is that if you have dead fish in your aquarium it will most likely feed on it. Upon reaching maturity the rubbelip pleco will not co-habit with fish of its kind and will, therefore, become very territorial, however, they can easily live with fish that are not of the same species.

There are many types of fish that you can pair with the goldfish that haven’t been mentioned above and most of which are the schooling type. Goldfish is a very clever type of fish pet that will feed from your hands and will even recognize you if you are bringing food and meet you at the tank window. Be sure to invest in one if you want to get the health benefits of aquarium fishes.