11-27-2011, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by dnaranjo1
I am new to keeping fish. Have not had a tank since my gold fish when I was like 10. We have set up a 55 gal tank and have 2 blue "three spot" gouramis in both appear to be female from what I have read. We are now ready to add some more fish to the tank but are unsure of what will work best. Any help?
Oh my boyfriend has had tanks before but just never had gourami he normally kept Oscars.
I have (1) Gold male, (1) Gold female, (1) Opaline female & (2) Pearl females in a 36 gallon bowfront. I have (3) Albino Corries, (2) Otocinclus Cats, (6) Cherry Barbs, (4) Von Rio Tetras, and (2) Lemon Tetras. I added the Tetras yesterday & so far no problems. The male Gold is very aggressive towards the females but he usually hides in the decorations. He never hurts them but he chases them away from the top sometimes.
I really like the Cherry Barbs if you want to add color, just make sure you add them in pairs. It's really easy to distinguish male & female. Males get a very bright red while the females are brown & orange striped with pinkish fins. The males look like little red sharks & they only get around 2 inches long. Cherry Barbs are probably the smallest, most peaceful of all Barbs I've seen. They hang around the bottom of the tank mostly. PetCo had a small selection for $1 each while I paid $2 each for a better selection at PetSmart.
Von Rio Tetras are very colorful too and I got mine from PetCo for $1 each. They should be in groups of 6 or more and I can't tell if they're male or female yet. They swim in pretty tight formation & are a great schooling fish for the Gouramis since they aren't known to be nippers like Tiger Barbs for instance. These Von Rios are silver faced with a sort of flame yellow to red in the rear. They swim all around the tank at all levels. What's very interesting is that they sometimes school along with the Lemon Tetras & even the Cherry Barbs.
Hope this helps!
Last edited by Ruskull; 11-27-2011 at 09:09 AM..