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Old 10-31-2013, 06:25 AM   #1
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Tankmates for honey gourami pair in 10g


I have a heavily planted 10g tank with a M/F pair of honey gouramis and 2 zebra nerite snails. The gouramis are pretty shy and very peaceful, so I figured with my low bioload I could add a couple tankmates. I have been curious about sparkling gouramis for a while, but very little reports on them coexisting with honeys. Just wondering if this would work out. They are apparently middle-low tank dwellers (while my honeys spend most of their time at the top) and extremely shy. I've heard that 2 males may fight, so possibly 2 females and a male would work?

The only concern I have is tank maintenance. Currently, I have medium lighting and dose NPK as required. 2/3 the water surface is covered by dwarf water lettuce, which allows me to only change the water once a month. I am really hoping the increased bioload won't put this out of whack too much, aside from possibly reducing my nitrate dosing.

Any thoughts/experience on this combination? Or any other suggestions? I'm really curious about a single chocolate gourami, which I've been intrigued with lately. Although practically everywhere I've read about them says 10g is way too small. How about wild type bettas?
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:39 AM   #2
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IMO, stay away from all of the anabantids, at the moment. You have a pair in there and any more from the family will cause you problems, most likely. If I were you I would consider H. Rasboras or similar fish in size, maybe a small school of 8; consider neon tetras or cardinals.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:54 PM   #3
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That sounds like good advice. Those fish seem to have big personalities, which is why I was leaning towards them. I've kept cardinal tetras before and got bored of them pretty fast; they mostly just sat in place. I like the look of H. Rasporas and the "Chilli" rasboras I've seen for sale. Are there any ones in particular that would show the most personality?
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I like both Neon tetras and Harlequin Rasboras. I think Harlequin Rasboras have more personality. They look stunning if you feed them high quality flake foods and bbs/and or freeze dried foods. The copper red really shines and their fins turn a real nice copper red. You wouldn't ever guess this by looking at the ones at the store and it generally takes a few weeks for these fish to color up. H. Rasboras are a great schooling fish that like the mid-top range of the tank. It is fun to watch the males dance for position, and overall, they complement a planted tank nicely with their colors.

http://youtu.be/KrDxvIvp4eA


The video isn't the best, but it will give you a good idea of their size and compatibility.
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A pair of honey gouramis is more than enough for a 10g. Anymore would be crowding, and with gouramis, you could very well end up with aggression.
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