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Do Gouramis get along with other Gouramis?

Do Gouramis get along with other Gouramis?

I have 2 pearl gouramis in my 75 gallon tank for about a year and they get along pretty good.

If I add another pearl Gourami or another peaceful Gourami other than pearl, would this cause a problem in the tank?

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I had some trouble with a Blue Gourami but the pearls seem much melower
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IMHO a 75 gallon tank is big enough to allow for two pairs of pearl gouramis. Also, you can safely add smaller peaceful gouramis, for example, honey gourami (Trichogaster chuna), thick-lipped gourami (Trichigaster labiosa), banded gourami (Trichogaster fasciata). Dwarf gourami (Trichogaster lalius) can be very aggressive despite his small size but you can try, just be prepared that it might not work out well. Same for other big gouramis (e.g. all these Trichopodus trichopterus varieties) - they may end up relatively peaceful or become a nightmare.
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Chocolate Gouramis are very peaceful (and perhaps shy) gouramis, which are on the smallish side.
In a large enough tank, like yours, one would hope the Pearls wouldn't bother them.
Most gouramis are best kept clear of other gouramis.
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IMHO a 75 gallon tank is big enough to allow for two pairs of pearl gouramis. Also, you can safely add smaller peaceful gouramis, for example, honey gourami (Trichogaster chuna), thick-lipped gourami (Trichigaster labiosa), banded gourami (Trichogaster fasciata). Dwarf gourami (Trichogaster lalius) can be very aggressive despite his small size but you can try, just be prepared that it might not work out well. Same for other big gouramis (e.g. all these Trichopodus trichopterus varieties) - they may end up relatively peaceful or become a nightmare.
Do they always need to be added in pairs? If you have an odd number does this cause problems?

2 Pearl and 1 Honey for example?

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That would be a bad match, you want to keep multiples of the honeys. Also, they are a bit more sensitive and require a bit more advanced care.

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Chocolate Gouramis are very peaceful (and perhaps shy) gouramis, which are on the smallish side.
In a large enough tank, like yours, one would hope the Pearls wouldn't bother them.
Well, true, at least my pearls can't care less about chocolate gouramis BUT I'd really advise against them for a generic community tank. IMHO all Sphaerichthys and Parosphromenus species are compatible only with peaceful and slow fish (or they'll starve), and require very soft acidic water to be healthy.

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Do they always need to be added in pairs? If you have an odd number does this cause problems?
2 Pearl and 1 Honey for example?
In general it is better to add them in pairs or more females than males. IMHO bigger and more aggressive gourami species grown alone tend to become bullies, small and peaceful ones tend to hide. In particular case of honey gouramis, one will not work good - these gouramis like to be in groups, so better to buy smth. like 5-7 of them, one will probably be stressed out and will hide most of the time.
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To add to the above...whether gouramies get along with each other depends on whether they have the room and cover to get out of each other's hair. I have kept a lot of paradise fish in the past and found that, while pairs would usually get on fine in a 30 inch long tank, any more would stress each other to death even if they were not visibly fighting (which they seldom did after the first week, especially if purchased together). My only other anabantoids I have kept in any numbers are my current parosphromenus 'sentang' licorice gouramies; a male, two females, and 5 fry are sharing a cover-rich 5 gallon without any significant signs of stress or aggression (but again, licorice gouramies are bad beginner fish...need soft, acid water and live foods)
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They are territorial. Floating plants and tall stem plants can help break up sightlines.

I've got a single male Pearl in my 55g. He may stay single, not sure. One of my favorite fish.
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