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R2thaSAR 03-07-2004 12:00 AM

i always read that gouramis are such good fish, but aggressive. i dont really have all that much money to spend on quarreling fish. are they really such a good choice for aquaria?

cruizer 03-07-2004 05:13 AM

I've got a powder blue, had him for about 3 weeks in a comminuty tank, with a betta. I know thats not long, but after he got used to the tanks he hasn't been a problem. Well he wasn't a problem b4 either, but he was just shy.

Urkevitz 03-07-2004 02:56 PM

I have had several dwarf gourami's before, and it seems that they will only fight amongst themselves and with bettas.

Nordic 03-07-2004 03:10 PM

It is not a good idea to keep more than 1 dwarf gourami male in a tank... don't know if this behavior is in other gourami types as well..

trenac 03-07-2004 07:24 PM

I have 3 spiketail paradise gouramis that are very good with my other fish, they only chase each other on occasions.

emoore3 03-07-2004 07:26 PM

I have 3 Pearl Gouramis (1M 2F) in my 55. They get along but I would not put two males in the same tank unless it is a really large tank. I had two dwarfs in my 29 gallon and they fought all the time.

morpheus 03-08-2004 09:04 AM

Hi

Historically the 3 spot gourami\ blue gourami will bully other fish in your tank. The other gourami's, snakeskin, moonlight pearl and dwarves will fight among the males more than with other fish.

1 male to 3 females will keep gouramies very happy in your community. I have even kept them alone but you will get the best out of them in a small group. They love plants and for them to do their best they will need these as well. It breaks their aggression and line of site so they are calmer and the group dynamic is better.

Beware they live a long time!! So be sure you want them! They are rewarding fish and look good in any tank.

Morpheus

TNO 03-08-2004 12:50 PM

We have two pearls, two neon dwarf, two fire red, and one powder blue dwarf plus two paradise fish in a 90 gallon. No problems at all. They tend to chase their own kind after they've been fed. They all completely ignore the other fish in the tank. The pearls are my favorites.

kevbshields 03-08-2004 04:34 PM

I fell in love with gouramis when I bought my first one, many years ago.

As everyone has said, they tend to fuss with their own kind. Basically, I've found gouramis can be classified into three categories of social behavior: independents, moderates and gregarious.
Independents are the "loners." Like Betta, these guys are better left alone. Certainly they may be housed with some other, compatible species, but probably don't mix well with their own, or other anabantid types. These are our Paradise Fish (Black, blue or red), usually the Three-spot (Blue, gold, opaline, etc)--I know people generally can put the Three-spot into a "community" setting with one another, but I have NEVER had any luck with them this way. Females bully the male, the male bullies the females, eventually it becomes chaos.

The moderates are the middle path. That rule that someone mentioned with three females per male . . . def. works for these guys. These are the Banded ("Giant"), Thick-lipped, Dwarf (and versions thereof), Pearl (aka Mosaic) and on some occasions other species. They usually don't have issues with operating in a community setting, but more importantly, a community, gourami setting. In fact, sometimes this group will even tolerate the presence of another "family" or species of grouami in the same tank (though as a novice, I don't recommend trying this for you). They're like all gouramis in that become a little fussy when fed, but otherwise they're decent, fun guys to have around.

The Gregarious ones are pretty cool. The little laid-back guys. Spiketail Paradise goes here (they are awesome fish to have), also the Honey (C. chuna) which in fact, will school in the wild, given enough room and partners in an artificial setting, Snakeskins certainly go here, as well. The Moonlight would come closest to fitting in this group. Generally aggression is reserved (if displayed at all) to squabbles within their "gourami network." These guys usually don't pose a threat to their tankmates in any way either.

Hey, good luck to you and I hope you grow to appreciate gouramis.

Kevin

Nordic 03-08-2004 05:09 PM

Thanks Kevin some very usefull info there...

I definately wanna "upgrade" to some larger gourami's by next summer... thats if the angels don't start breeding before then.

Mori 03-09-2004 12:33 PM

I've had good luck with pink gouramis in a (large) community tank. But they get sort of big and they do look sort of...well...naked? Not really the gourami "look", but great personalities and they keep the tank spotless.


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