Community represents the largest collection of fish under the freshwater banner. The term “Community”, however, seems to inspire misconceptions. Within the Community category, you have a wide variety of species with differing levels and types of aggression. The most common misconception is that all community fish are compatible and get along fine. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There does not exist a completely harmless, non-aggressive species. All species lie somewhere on the sliding scale of aggressive behavior. But, the one thing that defines a “Community” aquarium is that it is populated with varying cohabitating species. It is important to understand the aggressive tendencies of the species you are considering and this is one way The Ocean Floor can help! It is important to note that live animal individuals can sometimes defy recognized special tendencies too. Community also includes many species commonly referred to as Semi-Aggressive and Brackish.
There are several categories under the Community banner:
- Characins: Tetras, Rasboras, Barbs, Danios, and Hatchetfish
- Livebearers: Mollies, Platies, Swordtails, Guppies, and Halfbeaks
- Mormyrids: Elephant-noses, Baby Whales, and Baby Dolphins
- Certain Catfish: Cory Cats, Glass Cats, Synodontis, Plecostomus, and Algae Eaters
- Loaches & Botias
- Certain Sharks: Redtail Sharks, Rainbow Sharks, Bala Sharks, Apollo Sharks, Roseline Sharks, Black Sharks, and iridescent Sharks
- Labyrinth Fishes: Gouramis and Bettas
- Polypterus Species and Spiny Eels
- True Eels
- Scats and Monos
There is definitely something special about owning a community aquarium and watching different species interact with each other. Typically a community aquarium is divided into 3 strata or layers when adding fish to it: Top Swimmers, Middle Swimmers, and Bottom Dwellers. Though not all fish obey these guidelines all the time, it is important to take into account which layer a particular species normally inhabits if you want coexistence. Community Fish at The Ocean Floor takes up a little more than half of The Tropical Fish Room and our Associates are eager to help guide you to the right species to enhance your Community Aquarium experience!