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I have a 5 gallon aquarium with 6 ghost shrimp, that is lightly planted, and have 3 modest sized caves
I was at Petco today and saw some sort of dwarf gourami (was blue and red) and I was wondering if it would kill my shrimp
The tag said it's a peaceful community fish but a friend told me they are very aggressive/territorial
Also I was wondering if red cherry shrimp and ghost shrimp can live in the same tank

I think it was a neon blue dart gourami if that makes a difference

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I have a 5 gallon aquarium with 6 ghost shrimp, that is lightly planted, and have 3 modest sized caves
I was at Petco today and saw some sort of dwarf gourami (was blue and red) and I was wondering if it would kill my shrimp
The tag said it's a peaceful community fish but a friend told me they are very aggressive/territorial
Also I was wondering if red cherry shrimp and ghost shrimp can live in the same tank
I'm not an expert but I think cherries and ghost shrimp would do fine together. As for the gourami you really have to be careful with those guys. Some are super peaceful and don't really care about other tank mates and some are blood thirsty and nip/fight everything. My family had one that was 8 years old and when we put more fish in the tank he'd constantly chase them and try and fight, then he would suicide jump from the tank at night o-o.
Soooo in conclusion they can be peaceful and they can be mean, just depends on who you get, ya know.
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I'll agree with waterlily, depends on the temperament of the gourami. They're kinda like betta's , some are nice others are killers. If you you heavily planted it, the tank would be much safer for the shrimp and give them more hiding places.


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so b4 i ever try to get a gourami get more plants?
rn i have 2 small thin leaf java ferns a bunch of mystery plants(like 6 1-2" plants) a small leopard val and 3 more mystery plants (3-4 inches high)
all the mystery plants have few leave and offer little to no cover
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so b4 i ever try to get a gourami get more plants?
rn i have 2 small thin leaf java ferns a bunch of mystery plants(like 6 1-2" plants) a small leopard val and 3 more mystery plants (3-4 inches high)
all the mystery plants have few leave and offer little to no cover
That would be best. If they fit into your tank, Amazon Swords are amazing plants with large leaves and they grow pretty fast. They just get really big so that's the only downside IMO. Make sure you have plenty of coverage and then get the gourami. Watch it for the first few days and if he's okay or not okay with the shrimp you'll know pretty quickly.

Edit: Reread your original post and saw you have a 5 gallon. I'd try some anubias instead of Amazon swords since they're smaller but still a broad leaf plant. Even a few caves that the gourami can't fit into will help a lot with protecting your shrimp.
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