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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-21-2013, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Dwarf gourami

Anyone have any experiece with a dwarf gourami in a planted tank? good or bad experience? Read they may uproot and eat on plants..

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I've never heard of that. They're mostly upper swimmers.
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They do fine I have a few in my planted 55 no issues whatsoever


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Mine nibble at dead plant material but have not damaged any plants in my 75g.
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Some can be as aggressive as the worst Bettas, especially toward related fish. Never keep 2 Anabantoids in a tank, not even a male and a female. They do not pair up.

I had a Dwarf Gourami nip some plants (Cabomba, mostly) and add it to his bubble nest. Never had one interested at all in digging.

Dwarf Gouramis have been having problems for several years now with disease. Perhaps a Honey or a hybrid would be a better choice.
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I've caught mine in the act eating my Hydrocotyle leucocephala down to nothing but stems ! Drives me bonkers. I see him also munching on various debris though & he's a very pretty fish so it's not all bad. So, I tried hiding some from him & he still got it...I regrew some in a floating quarantine tank then sank some on the bottom & went away for 4 days...came back and it was all gone...sometimes I just want to thump a fish !

I really really want a carpet of that beautiful plant but can't until he dies
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Just dropped him in and he started to nibble at the exposed roots of my Madagascar lace. I'm just gonna have to watch him..
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I have 5 dwarfs and a single pearl in my 55 planted, no problems.

I found when I had a few plants, there were issues, now that's it's fully planted... none, and they like to hangout in them quite often.

The pearl had some issues when I added the dwarfs (dwarves?) but they've sorted their issues and are alright now.

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Will dwarf gourami eat plants like rotala roundifolia, H. polysperma, water sprite, and H. Augustifolia? I was planning to get some for my 29g.
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Woke up to what I thought was one of my shrimp dead. So I picked him up and he twitched a little, also he isnt near as transparent as he normally is. I dont know if he is mid molt or what. I just put him back in to see what happens. I hope the gourami didnt play a part in this..
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Of course they eat shrimp. They get big enough to eat adults eventually

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I am not sure if they actually eat the plants, but it looked like mine was eating a fine leafed plant similar to Cabomba.. but he may of just been getting the algae and destroying it in the process. Here is a thread I started about the behavior I experienced. Lots of others experiences in there too. https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...683&highlight= Sorry but I want to add this because I don't know if this is in thre, but mine did try to build bubble nests repeatedly, ripping plants up in the process.
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The ones I've had would peck at the roots of my frogbit which slowly killed half of them off. Not sure if they were tasty or just that bits of algae and food got stuck to them.
I haven't had great luck with dg, most of the ones I've had died of Iridovirus within 6 months. I now keep a Paradise fish instead.
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Hmmm. I see. Thanks for the info, guys
I'm not sure I want one now
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Paradise Fish are really pretty.. THat would probably be a great second choice.
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