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Tankmates for a pearl gourami
Old 09-07-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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Tankmates for a pearl gourami

Hi folks,
I have a planted 29G that I plan to convert from a fry tank to a show tank.
I'd like to keep 1 pearl gourami and am thinking of keeping some 8-10 cherry barbs with it. Is this compatible? Or should I get white cloud mountain minnows instead? Or is it better to go for a different kind of gourami? I already have honey gouramis in another 29G planted tank with harlequin rasboras and neon tetras, so I don't want those fish...just looking for something different

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Old 09-08-2012, 08:14 AM   #2
 
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I like the cherry barb idea.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
 
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Cherrys are a great choice. Rosy Barbs? How bout a female Pearl?

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Old 09-08-2012, 10:48 AM   #4
 
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All your tanks look happy and healthy, great job.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:00 PM   #5
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Cherrys are a great choice. Rosy Barbs? How bout a female Pearl?
How can I tell males from female pearl gourami ? I think I'm going to get cherry barbs.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:02 PM   #6
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All your tanks look happy and healthy, great job.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:45 PM   #7
 
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How can I tell males from female pearl gourami ? I think I'm going to get cherry barbs.
We have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the page. For each species, where it is possible to differentiate the sexes, there is info on this.

Generally barbs are not good tankmates for gourami due to the fast/active nature of barbs and the slow sedate nature of gourami. But the cherry is the exception. The Rasbora you have mentioned are ideal tankmates, being relatively slow swimmers. Danio are also not suitable, same reason as barbs.

Be careful on the fish size; I have observed gourami in stores easily corner and eat linear fish like neons.

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Old 09-11-2012, 09:14 PM   #8
 
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The anal and dorsal fin on males will be longer and comes to a point compared to a females anal and dorsal fin which is shorter and has a round tip. The female may also be heavier yet smaller. Males have far the nicer colours too. For some reason it is harder to find females in Gouramis.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:17 PM   #9
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We have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the page. For each species, where it is possible to differentiate the sexes, there is info on this.

Generally barbs are not good tankmates for gourami due to the fast/active nature of barbs and the slow sedate nature of gourami. But the cherry is the exception. The Rasbora you have mentioned are ideal tankmates, being relatively slow swimmers. Danio are also not suitable, same reason as barbs.

Be careful on the fish size; I have observed gourami in stores easily corner and eat linear fish like neons.

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Thanks Byron ! I'm glad that cherry barbs are the exception.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:53 PM   #10
 
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The anal and dorsal fin on males will be longer and comes to a point compared to a females anal and dorsal fin which is shorter and has a round tip. The female may also be heavier yet smaller. Males have far the nicer colours too. For some reason it is harder to find females in Gouramis.

Really? All my LFS carry females but I guess the males just get bought as soon as they come in, I almost never see them here. Just tanks of females cruising around haha.

On differentiating them...Males have a really long dorsal fin compared to females, that's how I always pick them out in store tanks where they are housed with females. They tend to not display their full coloration (especially that gorgeous orange throat) in store tanks due to stress, so it's hard to use color to pick them out of a crowd. But once you get them home, if they like it, they color up beautifully.
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