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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-08-2014, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Dwarf Gouramis and Red Cherry Shrimp?

Hey guys.
I have a pretty heavily planted 20 gallon aquarium and I would really like to get some Red Cherry Shrimp and a Dwarf Gourami.
I know Dwarf Gouramis can have some aggressive tendencies.
Do you think I can keep the 2 together?
I really like both but I do not want my Red Cherry Shrimp to get killed.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-08-2014, 06:00 PM
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I really doubt it. My female betta is much smaller then a dwarf gourami. Andi thought I could keep some cherry shrimp with it. She decimated 7 out of 8 in one night for a tasty snack. Remember cherrys (neos?) are much smaller then say an amano. I dont think it up to agressiveness, but more about the predatory nature

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Don't hold out for success. I do keep a few cherries in a 20H tank with a few pearl gouramis and a betta. They survive, and even reproduce, but I don't ever see more than 1 or 2 juveniles after any period. The adult shrimp seem to figure out how to avoid the fish, but the youngsters don't really survive long enough to find out.

Give it a try, you never know what may work. Be prepared to lose your shrimp investment though.
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Roommate had that combo but it quickly decimated his shrimp population. He had probably 250 shrimp in a heavily planted tank. His 3 gouramis turned that into 100 shrimps. All the shrimps that were alive stayed hiding. The gouramis also ate more of the redder shrimp. After he gave away the gouramis, his shrimp population is rebounding and they are now back exploring the tank with neon tetras and guppies

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They'll munch all day. I liked my Dwarf Gouramis, though. I had two females and a male. The male spent 90% of his time building bubble nests and 10% of his time pushing the females into it.

The nests were pretty fascinating.
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It's been my observation that the powder blue dwarf gourami stays the smallest and is the most docile, the red ones are much more aggressive and can get a bit larger.
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