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By Lorraine | 18 May 2020 | 0 Comments

Learn About What Fish Can Turtles Live With


There are three kinds of fish that will fit in the fish tank together with the most common pet turtle. They are tetra fish, zebrafish, yellow cichlids.
For those who have never put a fish in a turtle tank, it's recommended that you start with a small amount of tetra or zebrafish.
Both species are cheap. They are also easily available, for example, your local pet store may have them.
These two fish can only grow to 1 to 2 inches in captivity, but more importantly, they are freshwater fish, smooth, agile, fast, and a little smart.
Putting these two small groups of fish into the aquarium is a good way to test waters (literally) and see how your turtle will react and how long your fish can survive under this circumstance.

Can turtles live with cichlids?

Once you have achieved some success in any of these species mentioned above, you can start thinking about adding different elements, such as yellow cichlids.
Yellow cichlids come from Africa and can thrive in aquariums and grow a little bigger (about 4 inches). They look absolutely stunning, but perhaps most importantly, they are just right!
Pay attention to this, here only talks about the electric yellow croaker (Lipteridae), not including but not limited to:
Convict cichlids
Red Devil cichlids
Wolf cichlids
Cichlids are generally territorial and will become very aggressive, especially during mating. For this reason, if you decide to add some yellow cichlids to your fish tank, a wise move is that you only add a small portion. A group of adult, combative cichlid fish can easily turn the tables and hurt your turtle.

Can sea turtles live with tropical fish?

Generally speaking, you add any kind of tropical fish to a turtle tank, which is not a good suggestion. The reason is that much tropical fish have long tails and fins, and it is likely to attract a lot of unnecessary attention and will cause some unexpected damage to the fish itself.
To some extent, your turtle will be curious and bite any kind of fish in your tank, including tetra fish, zebrafish, and cichlids.
Tetras and zebras will run away quickly, and cichlids too, or at least fight back, and stop your turtle to chase it.
On the other hand, much tropical fish have long and elegant fins and tails, just like being asked to be trapped in your turtle's mouth. For these fish, it is much harder to escape and hide from your turtle.


Can a turtle live with a goldfish?

For most people, one of the most frequently asked questions is whether a goldfish can live with a turtle.
As tropical fish, it is best not to keep them in the same aquarium as turtles for the following reasons:

1. Goldfish are cold-water fish that grow in an ideal environment with temperatures slightly lower than turtles (basically more than 74 degrees Fahrenheit is too hot for goldfish, which is not conducive to the healthy growth of goldfish). 
 2. Goldfish produce a lot of waste. These things are essentially turtles in the fish world. They emit large amounts of ammonia, which means that it becomes a lot more difficult to control the ammonia content, nitrite content, and pH in the water. 
3. Moreover, they can grow large! If they are not eaten, they can easily grow larger than the turtles that share the same fish tank with them, and they can easily breed to larger populations in your fish tank. 


Can turtles live with koi fish?

Koi can get along well with turtles, but it is still not suggested to put it on over other species such as zebras and tetras.
First of all, buying them may be expensive. If you buy a koi fish, it is very likely that all you do is give your turtle an expensive gourmet meal.
Secondly, Koi can grow very large. They can easily grow to a size much larger than your turtle. If you have a pond habitat, they may work very well, but it is not so good for most indoor aquariums.

To sum up

Fish and turtles can live in the same fish tank, as long as the following factors are considered.
1. Your fish tank is large enough to accommodate both turtles and fish.
2. You have a turtle that is not very interested in eating fish, such as mud turtles and musk turtles.
3. You choose a smart, slim, and fast fish, such as tetra fish, zebrafish, yellow cichlids.
4. Do not keep turtles with goldfish or other tropical fish together.
5. Avoid keeping any fish or creatures that are capable of harming and killing your turtle.

Senzeal recommends suitable products for turtle:
Acrylic Turtle Fish Tank for Aquatic Pets
Aquarium Turtle Tank Filter 3W 240L/H
Fish Tank Divider

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