Originally Posted by zpeck30
went to my lfs today in hopes of getting a pair of honey gouramis for my community tank..the only ones they had were two dwarfs..really small probably less than an inch and when i first put them in the tank my dalmation mollies were chasing them around..they seem to hide on the back corners of the tank now theres nothing really big or threatning to them in the tank tho biggest fish are a coulpe of mollies and a smaller rainbow fish..do i need to worry about them?and can i have some info on them..how big do they get?will they become agressive?is there any other gouramis that can be compatible with them?
I have yet to own my own gourami, but plan on getting a dwarf gourami this week, so I have done lots of research and picked the brains of some of the knowledgable people here at TFK and here is what I have learned regarding your questions...
1- Not sure if you need to worry about them with the rainbow as I have never kept one of those before. As for the mollies, good to know since I was considering mollies in with my future Dwarf Gourami and was thinking it would be fine. I can tell you that gourami like slow swimming fish that are calm, and that they will naturally tend to be shy. They like somewhere to hide, lots of plants, and maybe a floating plant for dimmer light.
2- Aggression...from what I understand, they are generally pretty peaceful with other calm community fish (rasbora being the top rated tankmate I have heard of for them). But they can get aggressive with each other. I have heard that a sexed pair of dwarf gourami will swim together, and have also heard that it is possible to keep 1 male and 2 females together with few issues, and on the other side of things, I have heard stories when one gourami will eventually kill the other gourami.
3-Size...Dwarf Gourami are generally like 2 inches full grown, and I have heard of the honey sunsets getting to 3 inches, but again, no personal experiance, yet.
4- Other gourami compatability...from what I understand is that gourami are aggressive with other gourami, especially males, and larger gourami will kill smaller in due time I am sure.
Dwarfs are less aggressive than the others from what I understand.
I plan on using my gourami as centerpiece fish. I am trying to figure out if I want just one, or a sexed pair, or 1 male and 2 females.
I think there is a dwarf gourami fish profile on here in the Tropical Fish Profiles, and that can give you more detailed information.
Good Luck with your new dwarf gourami, and I hope they work out well for you.