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post #51 of 54 Old 07-02-2010, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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From what you've said in this thread, I would just monitor carefully the fish, and if they continue to be happy, leave well enough alone.

I alway shave live plants so when I set up a new tank I never have ammonia or nitrite above zero because the plants assimilate the ammonia (as ammonium) and do the job. So I can't say if one can somehow not get nitrite and be cycled without plants.

When you do test for nitrate, remember to shake the bottle of Regent #2 for 2+ minutes and not the 30 seconds in the instructions; otherwise you will likely get a false (high) reading if there are nitrates present.

Ok, Thanks. Yes, I do tend to shake the bottle a lot more then it said. I started out with it exactly the 30 seconds, (I am a little Anal retentive) and then I tried shaking it more, and harder. What is the definition of insanity? Repeating a behavior over and over expecting different results? lol Well, in order to not feel insane, I shook more, waited a little longer to check the color against the card etc...

One day, I left the test water in the tube and came back a few hours later. That is the only time the color had changed to show any Nitrate and that was only 5.0 ppm. That is why I thought maybe my test kit was old and had been sitting at the pet store too long or something. Desperation caused me to go buy another kit. Same results.

Assume another week or so passes and nothing changes, do you feel it would be safe to add a few more fish? I really don't want these guys to become too territorial before I add anyone else.

Byron and everyone else, I really appreciate your patience and willingness to share your knowledge. It is appreciated.
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post #52 of 54 Old 07-05-2010, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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I took water to get tested and got the go ahead to add some more fish. I added 4 Gourami's 2 Gold and 2 Blue. I had no idea how different fish can have such different personalities. My Barbs now look like bullies. They are not hurting the Gourami's just nit picking among themselves. The larger Gold Gourami's are sort of shy and hang about in the plants. The Blue however, has the cutest little personality. One of them follows me around, watching every move I make. It is not nervous about me at all. I REALLY like that little fish.

I also added a few different plants and 2 flower pots for them to hide in. So far, they are not hiding in them but at least they have a few more options for hiding. lol Here are a few pictures of my new babies.

the blue

The Gold

And not to let my Beastly little Barbs out. haha
Look at how big they got!

And one more of my cute little Blue... Isn't that a cute little fish?

Now in my head, I am already planning a larger tank with a whole bunch of different Gourami. At first I thought their little tentacle things would gross me out but they are cute. They go around reaching out and touching things. Very curious little fish. :)
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post #53 of 54 Old 07-05-2010, 05:44 PM
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Gourami are interesting fish indeed. If you have a read of the profiles on these fish you will learn what they are doing when they use those "tentacle things" as you call them. And also find out what you can do to make them really happy and healthy. We have the Blue Gourami now, [remember, you can click on shaded names to go to that fish's profile], but I haven't gotten the Gold added yet though there are several other gourami. [By the way, the plural of gourami is... gourami.]


Edit: Silly me, the Gold Gourami is simply a colour morph of the Blue, same species. Sorry, the old mind wandered back there.

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]

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post #54 of 54 Old 07-05-2010, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Oh that IS interesting. They are tasting with those little "tentacles" My Barbs better look out. When one of them comes toward the curious Blue Gourami always puts up one of his taste receptors.

It does say that they enjoy a heavily planted tank. I have a lot of fake plants that they are hanging about in but do they have to have real plants? They seem comfy but how do I know? They don't hang around the top as much as I thought they would. I do have a floating plant (fake) but I am not trying to promote breeding or anything. In fact, I do not want any of that going on.

Little Blue watched me while I am sitting here typing something on the computer, he is so cute. :) I went to the store and checked out some plants. I might try to plant part of the tank with real plants to give them some options. One of my Blue ones tend to swim in the school with the Tigers, the other hangs out and stares at me. I think he is begging for more food. The yellow Gourami is a bit shyer and hangs out in the plants and chases anyone else away that tries to get near. They are the largest fish in the tank right now.

I feel so silly but to me they are just so exciting to watch. The naughtiness of the Barbs shows up a little more now that I have something to compare it to.

Edit to add: When I was at the store looking at plants for my tank, I stopped a person from buying a Pleco for his 10 gallon tank. It annoys the crap out of me that they will continue to see those fish off to anyone that asks without ever mentioning that in a very short time, they will be way too big for the persons tank. Grrrr!
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