02-15-2013, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by MDollaBabe
So sorry! He's a dwarf gourami. I'd say he's full grown now, about 3". I figured with a 10 gallon tank, that'd leave me with about 4-5" of fish I could stock, but it'd be fully stocked then.
I was wondering about two male guppies, but they're small. A substrate eater would be neat. If I got anything that grew up to 2", like the platy I lost, obviously I'd only get one. So schooling fish is a no.
I appreciate you guys' ideas! I don't mind keeping just my gourami, as he seems decently happy swimming through the plants and such, but I really didn't know if he'd get bored/lonely. Ha.
Gourami are naturally solitary fish, so he would be just fine by himself.
Sadly, the gallon per inch of fish rule isn't really a good rule to stock by. You also have to asses the activity level as well as the social needs of the fish. So if you wanted to have substrate fish (most of which are schooling) you would need to get 5-6 regardless of whether it went over the "gallon per inch" rule. Not to mention that the rule assumes fish grow in one dimension instead of 3.
If you're really not too set on any more fish, then I'd just leave the gourami alone.