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post #1 of 6 Old 02-24-2011, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Good Schooling Fish for Gourami

I'm looking for a good schooling fish to go along with some opaline gourami. Right now I'm looking at having 1-3 opaline gourami, and maybe 6-8 of the schooling fish in a 29g high. I'd like something that isn't too bright or crazy, to the point it would detract attention of the gourami. I was thinking either black neon tetras, or maybe cherry barbs. I would love some input, what have you guys kept that plays nice with the opaline gouramis?
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-24-2011, 12:21 PM
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As I note you recently joined, may I first welcome you to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

We have a section entitled "Tropical Fish Profiles" accessibly from the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. Many fish and plants are included. The Opaline Gourami is included, under the common name Blue Gourami or the scientific Trichopodus trichopterus. When a fish name appears in posts exactly as in the profiles, whether common or scientific, it is shaded as the afore-mentioned names are, and you can access that profile by clicking on the name. This species has several common names, we can only choose one, and "Blue" is the more prevalent in the literature.

In the profile it mentions that this species should be kept in a pair (male/female) unless the tank is much larger than a 29g. Males are territorial, and can be very aggressive. However, a male and two females would work.

As for tankmates, all gourami are quiet, sedate fish (notwithstanding their territorial aggressiveness to each other) so companion fish should not be active or aggressive. The medium/larger rasbora work well, the quieter medium-sized barbs such as the Black Ruby Barb, and substrate fish such as the smaller loaches (in a 29g the under-4 inch species) and some catfish. Plants, including floating, would be appreciated by this fish.


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post #3 of 6 Old 02-24-2011, 12:26 PM
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First off I would caution you having more then one Opaline Gourami. They tend to fight. If you have a male and one female maybe. My Gourami is getting along fine with Guppies, Platy's and even Barbs. Typically, they are supposed to like less active tank mates. In a 29 gallon, I would say something slow moving/ less acttive.

edit: Byron beat me to it. :) I too agree with the plants. My Gourami hangs out under the floating Pennywort all the time.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-24-2011, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome, thanks! Sounds like cherry barbs would be alright with these guys (barring anybody chiming in when a negative experience mixing them). The tank is already fairly well planted, and more plants are on the way. I'm floating a wisteria as I've read they do well with that (or water sprite) in the tank. I'll definitely only be adding either a single male, a male and a female, or a male and two females - most likely just a male and female. I plan to already have the schooling fish in the tank before I add the gourami as I've read that they tend to show less aggression to fish already in the tank vs. fish that are added after they've established themselves.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-02-2011, 04:56 PM
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I keep 5 tiger barbs in my tank with my gold and opelescent gouramies, and they get along fine. the barbs school around the bottom/middle of the tank, while the gouramies stay near the top.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-03-2011, 05:06 PM
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May I suggest or as another option they are very pretty when they are colored up and black neons to me swim together more than the regular neons. If we knew your ph and hardness we may be able to make more suggestions.

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I have a 55 gallon, 40 gallon, 29 gallon, 20 gallon tank, 5 gallon , and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.

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