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Is it really that bad to mix semi aggressive and docile fish? I'm looking to start my tank with some red fire dwarf gourami's but I also want at some angel fish. how bad of an idea is mixing these breeds? 54g corner.
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Angelfish are usually pretty good tank mates. The horror stories i've heard usually derive from when they start breeding.
One of my good friends, who keeps 2 pairs in his 55 gallon with neons, rummy noses, and cories says that it is best that you get the fish small (about dime/nickel size) and raise them with the other fish. This helped him with curbing aggression once they started pairing up and laying eggs.
 

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I wouldn't consider the gourami to be docile. I've had by far more aggression issues stemming from dwarf gouramis than I have angels or even bettas in my community tanks - to the point that my big community tanks all have angels and bettas now but all of my dwarf gouramis have found new homes.
 

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I decided to start with 1 vail angel, 1 angel, 1 dwarf gourami, 1 powder blue dwarf gourami and 1 rainbow shark. Day 2 and everyone's still alive so that's a good thing obviously. In fact everyone seems very shy, they're all just hanging out behind the swords and jungle Val.

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