04-14-2011, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by GwenInNM
Amanda - I should have listened to your advise. You told me one would probably be fine, but I was feeling bad because she was so "shy". Now I'm stuck with what to do -because if I don't put one with the rainbows, and perhaps that wouldn't work because the fast swimming would stress them out, I sure can't get another for such a small tank (23 gal) because that would be 3 total, (with the idea that 3 may be better) and that would be too small. I may have to see if my neighbor want the male, and hope he won't bother her other tetra type fish.
Gourami generally are a slightly shy fish, they arent one that thrives on social interactions like loaches or cories.
Your rainbows are the dwarf neons, right? If so, you might TRY it and see how the gourami reacts. Make sure there are lots of plants (leaving swimming room for the rainbows of course), for the gourami to retreat to if the active swimming is too much for him. Double check the water parameter needs for the rainbows you and and the gourami you have and make sure that its okay to house them together on that front. But if your neighbor wants him its an option, but depended on what type of tetra she has it could go either way (tetras can be active swimmers, and a lot of them are nippers which isnt cool for gouramis).
You did what you felt was right, Gwen. There is no wrong in something not working out as long as we fix the issue and remember it down the road for future reference.