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post #1 of 4 Old 08-12-2011, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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What would go well with Dwarf Gouramies?

Hi all, I am starting a new tank and I would like to go with community. It is a 40g tank, and I would like to have primarily dwarf gouramies. I would like to get some suggestions as to what other community fish would go well with them. I was hoping for mollies and giant danios, but the profiles here indicate that neither of them would go well with the gouramies. Also how many should I get? Do the dwarves like to have their space or be around others?
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-12-2011, 04:57 PM
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dont put too many gouramis in there gouramis are territoriol my blue gourami grabbed my dwarfs tail and wouldnt let go i rehomed the dwarf gourami to go with my huge black ghost knife they are doing fine!
you probaly could put a pleco or red tailed shark (small one) i would only put 2 or 3 gouramis in a 40 gallon
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-12-2011, 07:06 PM
Dwarf Gouramis are territorial. They need a lot of space, so even in a 40 gallon I wouldn't do more than 3. If they feel like they don't have enough space, they are aggressive. When I had them, they left my catfish alone but went after everything else. I had them in too small a tank and had to get rid of them, but I had to learn to the hard way.

I'm guessing since they did well with my cory catfish and type of bottom feeder would do well with them.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-13-2011, 11:03 AM
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As noted in the profile of Dwarf Gourami, this fish carries risks. A pair (male/female) in a 20g will work, in a 40g you could have a trio (1 male, 2 female) if you really want to go with this species. The health issue mentioned in the profile is very real.

The Honey Gourami is a better choice, and you could have a group of 5 in a 40g. Compatible fish should be quiet, no active swimmers which lets out barbs, danio, etc. Rasbora are ideal, or peaceful characins. Substrate fish are not usually an issue. Corys, one of the dwarf loach species, or one of the "oddball" catfish that are not large. Several are in the profiles.


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