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Is there a Gourami that would work in this community aquarium?
Old 06-22-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
 
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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?
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
 
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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. :)
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:06 PM   #3
 
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.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:17 PM   #4
 
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Your tank is gorgeous!
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:04 AM   #5
 
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Your tank looks very nice. Pearl gouramis are my favorite.
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:23 PM   #6
 
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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.

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Old 06-25-2011, 12:31 PM   #7
 
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.
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:15 PM   #8
 
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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
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Old 06-27-2011, 02:10 PM   #9
 
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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
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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?
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:48 PM   #10
 
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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.
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