Is there a Gourami that would work in this community aquarium? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 06-22-2011, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Akeath's Avatar
 
Is there a Gourami that would work in this community aquarium?

I have a community aquarium full of small fish, 1 inch to 2 1/2 inches. The fish are:
6 Praecox Rainbows/Dwarf Neon Rainbows (1 male and 5 females)
8 Harlequin Rasboras
8 Gold Tetras
12 Panda Cories
the aquarium is 75 gallons.
Ammonia is 0, Nitrite is 0, Nitrates stay below 10 ppm. pH is 6.6-6.8. Temperature is 75 degrees. I do 40% water changes every week.
There is real bogwood, and fake plants and caves.
I have 2 300 watt heaters and 2 Penguin 350 Power filters. I would be baffling the filters to reduce current flow if I got a Gourami.
A picture of the aquarium:

Is there a Gourami that would fit in this aquarium? I'm particularly concerned that he not be too big and that he be very peaceful (this is currently an exceedingly peaceful tank, and I want it to stay that way).

Also, I'm a bit concerned about keeping a Gourami with the Rainbows because they can be fast swimmers and voracious eaters. Would the Rainbows stress the Gourami with their fast swimming or outcompete him for food? Does anyone have experience keeping Gouramis with Praecox Rainbows?

Another thing, I know some Gouramis really prefer to be kept in male-female pairs or with a couple females and a male. I would want any Gourami I get not to be hard on the female, and not to become aggressive to the other tank mates in the event of a spawning. I'd honestly prefer they didn't have surviving offspring, is there a Gourami that would be perfectly happy without a female, or a species where I could find a female that is pretty and keep her without a male?
Akeath is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 06-22-2011, 02:50 PM
Member
 
Inga's Avatar
 
I can't say how it would work for you but I can tell you that I have an Opaline Gourami in with Guppies and she doesn't even bother the Guppy fry that buzz around her head like a swarm of mosquitoes. In a 75 gallon at least she could claim an area as her own if needed. I don't know if there is truth to it or not but I have been told tha the Opaline Gourami tends to be more peaceful then say the Gold. I have also heard that the Honey Gourami is a more peaceful species. Your tank looks nice. :)
Inga is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 06-24-2011, 08:06 PM
Member
 
Sparkling Gourami perhaps? Dwarf species so they only get one inch but they do prefer groups.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p...kling-gourami/ dont know why profiel didn't sync up when I typed the name.
ladayen is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 06-24-2011, 09:17 PM
New Member
 
Vnessa123456's Avatar
 
Your tank is gorgeous!
Vnessa123456 is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 06-25-2011, 01:04 AM
Member
 
jeaninel's Avatar
 
Aquarium
Your tank looks very nice. Pearl gouramis are my favorite.

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty
jeaninel is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 06-25-2011, 12:23 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
I wold not put gourami in there. The sparkling gourami are small, quiet, and do not appreciate large boisterous fish about them (I have a group that regularly spawn). The larger might take exception to the rainbow, and male gourami are aggressive and territorial so this could be asking for trouble.

What a beautiful aquascape too, nice work. Don't risk it.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 06-25-2011, 12:31 PM
I kept and spawned sparklers in a smaller tank with both threadfin and blue-eye rainbows. The neon rainbows are generally mid-swimmers too while the sparklers will stick to the top more. I don't see a issue. I've never had a sparkler bother any fish unless they were guarding a nest. My rainbows ignored them and they ignored my rainbows.

.... I'm probably drunk.

This is how I lurk


Mikaila31 is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 06-27-2011, 01:15 PM
Member
 
GwenInNM's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Akeath View Post
I have a community aquarium full of small fish, 1 inch to 2 1/2 inches. The fish are:
6 Praecox Rainbows/Dwarf Neon Rainbows (1 male and 5 females)
8 Harlequin Rasboras
8 Gold Tetras
12 Panda Cories
the aquarium is 75 gallons.
Ammonia is 0, Nitrite is 0, Nitrates stay below 10 ppm. pH is 6.6-6.8. Temperature is 75 degrees. I do 40% water changes every week.
There is real bogwood, and fake plants and caves.
I have 2 300 watt heaters and 2 Penguin 350 Power filters. I would be baffling the filters to reduce current flow if I got a Gourami.
A picture of the aquarium:

Is there a Gourami that would fit in this aquarium? I'm particularly concerned that he not be too big and that he be very peaceful (this is currently an exceedingly peaceful tank, and I want it to stay that way).

Also, I'm a bit concerned about keeping a Gourami with the Rainbows because they can be fast swimmers and voracious eaters. Would the Rainbows stress the Gourami with their fast swimming or outcompete him for food? Does anyone have experience keeping Gouramis with Praecox Rainbows?

Another thing, I know some Gouramis really prefer to be kept in male-female pairs or with a couple females and a male. I would want any Gourami I get not to be hard on the female, and not to become aggressive to the other tank mates in the event of a spawning. I'd honestly prefer they didn't have surviving offspring, is there a Gourami that would be perfectly happy without a female, or a species where I could find a female that is pretty and keep her without a male?
I have a female Opaline/ blue Gourami with 5 neon dwarf rainbows ans she does fabulous with them. I strongly caution u against getting a male. I now have a male by himself as he has bullied every fish he's had, including the female who was thrilled to be taken away from him! Seriously. Im writing from my phone, so apologies for typos
Gwen

Just because animals can't talk, does not mean they should not be heard
GwenInNM is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 06-27-2011, 02:10 PM
Member
 
Inga's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by GwenInNM View Post
I have a female Opaline/ blue Gourami with 5 neon dwarf rainbows ans she does fabulous with them. I strongly caution u against getting a male. I now have a male by himself as he has bullied every fish he's had, including the female who was thrilled to be taken away from him! Seriously. Im writing from my phone, so apologies for typos
Gwen

When I was looking to purchase Gourami I was told that there are the Blue which is the 3 spot Gourami and then the Opaline which is a sub species of the Blue Gourami but also that the Opaline is usually much less aggressive. I have the Opaline and it is truly NOT an aggressive fish. I am just curious as to what others have heard. I have 3 different stores here that seemed to be in agreement with that but most often on here I see people refer to them as the same species. I am just curious as to what others have heard. It wouldn't be the first time I was told wrong info from at least one of these stores. ha ha

Here is the Blue Gourami (3 spot)




And then the Opaline (which is what I have)




The Opaline has more of a tiger stripe appearance and is a more vibrant blue. Is this wrong?
Inga is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 06-27-2011, 04:48 PM
Member
 
GwenInNM's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Inga View Post
When I was looking to purchase Gourami I was told that there are the Blue which is the 3 spot Gourami and then the Opaline which is a sub species of the Blue Gourami but also that the Opaline is usually much less aggressive. I have the Opaline and it is truly NOT an aggressive fish. I am just curious as to what others have heard. I have 3 different stores here that seemed to be in agreement with that but most often on here I see people refer to them as the same species. I am just curious as to what others have heard. It wouldn't be the first time I was told wrong info from at least one of these stores. ha ha

Here is the Blue Gourami (3 spot)




And then the Opaline (which is what I have)




The Opaline has more of a tiger stripe appearance and is a more vibrant blue. Is this wrong?
g

I believe you ate correct. Your Opaline looks like mine, but mine is aggressive (the male). However they are closely related, I believe.

Just because animals can't talk, does not mean they should not be heard
GwenInNM is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Any syggestions for a gourami community tank? GOURAMIKEEPER83 Anabantids 16 02-28-2012 06:59 PM
DIY IKEA Vase Aquarium Contest (Work in progress!!) greenkiwi DIY Aquarium 47 11-23-2010 08:14 AM
Dwarf Gourami right for 10 gal community? molly mia Anabantids 1 06-01-2010 05:01 AM
Gourami in community suedehead Anabantids 5 02-25-2007 11:55 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome