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post #1 of 24 Old 07-21-2014, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
Can a pearl gourami live with other gouramis in a 45g?

Just wondering if my pearl gourami should be a solo gourami in a 45 gallon tank, or if it could be joined by another gourami or two such as honey gourami, dwarf gourami, opaline or moonlight gourami.

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post #2 of 24 Old 07-21-2014, 11:10 PM
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Opaline no,dwarfs maybe, (true)honeys yes, moonlights yes. Pearl gouramis are very social and like groups of their own kind. In your size tank, you could easily do a male and 2 females.
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post #3 of 24 Old 07-22-2014, 04:20 PM
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I wouldn't put more than one dwarf in a tank that size. You have to have a large enough tank to do more than a harem IME. Definately stick to just your pearl gourami!
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post #4 of 24 Old 07-23-2014, 08:40 AM
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Hello Flint:


Are you telling me that one pearl and one dwarf gourami is all that should go into a 45 gal tank. This concerns me because I have 3 pearls in a 50 gal aquarium, do I need to rehome one of the pearls?

I havenít observed any overt aggression though I have felt that my tank maybe overstocked with three pearls and two cory cats.


i am aware that i should have at least four more cory cats but then i know the tank will be over stocked and fear the consequences of rashly adding water critters.

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post #5 of 24 Old 07-23-2014, 08:46 AM
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What are the genders of the ones in your 50? Cuz 2f and 1m or 3f will work perfectly. But 2m and 1 female, The female will get harassed a lot and probably die. Or 3males you will probably have problems. But if the tank has plenty of hiding spots they should be fine. You could easily do 2 or even 3 pearls in a 45. They are a very social gourami.
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I disagree with tankman and would only do a harem in a 55+. That extra 10 gallons makes A LOT of difference. I don't feel you would be overstocking in a 50 gallon upping your cory school to eight, pop. Just because a fish is social doesn't always mean it is necessary or should be done in an improper tank size. With the exception of pygmy gouramis which can be housed together in a 20L, gourami shouldn't be mixed in under a 55 gallon tank. Pop, if you have a harem and it is working, that's fine but a majority of the time this is not the case, ESPECIALLY if you already have one of the fish and will add more of it's kind. These fish ARE territorial and WILL kill eachother. Also, keeping 2m/1f, the males will likely die first as they will be driven to stake out their territory before they even think about mating.
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post #7 of 24 Old 07-23-2014, 09:29 AM
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Actually Pearls can have a nice group in a 30+, they get large but not as long as the 3 Spot gouramis (Opaline, Blue, Golden). In a 45 you can do 1 M and 2 F.

Never mix Gouramis, Pearls are much more passive and social of all the larger gouramis and your Pearls will not be happy if you add other gouramis. Just get a nice schooling fish and some cory cats or something and you'll have a nicely stocked tank!

Pearls are unlike your average gourami, they aren't as territorial or aggressive as other gouramis, even my Sparkling Gouramis aren't as peaceful as the Pearls are!
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post #8 of 24 Old 07-23-2014, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts on this. I think my pearl gourami is a female. She is very shy, and has been hiding a lot when the lights are on for the past few days that I have had her. Sometimes it looks like she is breathing very fast. My water parameters are perfect, so there is no reason for her to be stressed by water quality. Her tankmates include cories, neons, and denison barbs. They are all very peaceful with each other and none of them have harassed her in any way. I was wondering if she needed more gouramis to make her feel more comfortable and come out of hiding. The tank has plenty of plants, and I have even corralled floating plants on one side of the tank away from the filter to give her a spot tailored to what I have read she would like.

75 g. planted peaceful community of denison barbs, cories, neons, boesemani and turquoise rainbowfish, pearl gourami, ancistrus

35 g. long semi-aggressive community of mature m. lacustris, diamond tetras, golden gourami

36 g. bow with pagai praecox and kamaka rainbowfish.

3 pico planted tanks with bettas and nerites.
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Well I do have to say that you should change out those Denison Barbs, they get much too large and boisterous for a 45 gallon.

But yes, she will feel more comfortable with more of her own species, Pearls are very social and need a shoal just like any cory cat. Yes, they can do okay without the shoal but will be much more confident and happy in a shoal.

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Well I do have to say that you should change out those Denison Barbs, they get much too large and boisterous for a 45 gallon.

But yes, she will feel more comfortable with more of her own species, Pearls are very social and need a shoal just like any cory cat. Yes, they can do okay without the shoal but will be much more confident and happy in a shoal.
Yes I am aware that a larger tank would be better for the denison barbs. Right now they are small, and the LFS sold my husband on them saying they would be perfect for our tank. If and when they become too big I will have to throw money at this problem and get a bigger tank... but for now we are keeping things as is. edit--I did upgrade the filter to an aquaclear 110 plus the Marineland Biowheel 200 for their comfort in the interim.

So regarding the female pearl you (lilnaugrim)say she needs more of her own kind? Ugh. I bought her thinking she would be fine alone since I did not want to add another school to my tank. Her shoal would consist of another female, and a single male? The fish store guy said they are hard to sex. How can I be sure I don't get 2 males if I decide to get more pearls?

And Flint- you are of the opinion that it is just fine for her to remain the only pearl and only gourami?

75 g. planted peaceful community of denison barbs, cories, neons, boesemani and turquoise rainbowfish, pearl gourami, ancistrus

35 g. long semi-aggressive community of mature m. lacustris, diamond tetras, golden gourami

36 g. bow with pagai praecox and kamaka rainbowfish.

3 pico planted tanks with bettas and nerites.

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