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Old 02-20-2011, 12:33 AM   #1
 
Bad Dwarf Gourami

Hello all,

I have been reading for the last week or so but this is my first post. I read the post on here about stocking suggestions for my 29 gallon tank and decided on a Dwarf Gourami as my centerpiece fish. I also added some neon tetras as was suggested. I noticed the last couple of days that most of my 6 tetras had fin damage but was sure if it was them or the Gourami. I had my water tested today and found out that my cycle is complete so I bought some black mollies to go in with them. As soon as I dropped them in the Gourami started attacking the largest of the 5 mollies. I have since moved the Gourami to my 10 gallon to prevent any further fin damage to any of the smaller fish in my 29. As soon as I put him in the 10 he proceeded to attack the fiddler crab that was amongst the plants. The fiddler grabbed ahold and went for a ride across the tank before letting go and then the gourami would have nothing to do with him anymore.

I guess my question for you guys is....Do you think I should take the Gourami back to the petstore for a different centerpiece fish? Also, I thought the Dwarfs were peaceful? I have only had him a couple days and I will be able to take him back.

I thought about trading him in for a smaller Rainbow fish that would eventually go in the 55 gallon that I just bought yesterday. Can anyone give me some thoughts?
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:39 AM   #2
 
I know the Red Fin and Pleco will outgrow the tank thats why I just got the 55 =)
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:13 PM   #3
 
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We have fish profiles here, second tab from the left in the blue bar at the top of the page. Or you can click on the fish name when it is shaded in posts, such as Dwarf Gourami.

If you check this profile, you will note it mentions that this fish can sometimes turn aggressive to brightly coloured fish. It also should be in a pair (male/female). However, there is also the serious issue over the health of many of this species, and you need to be careful.

My suggestion would be to return the gourami and consider another fish species. The Honey Gourami is better, and in a 29g a small group of 3 would be fine. All gourami males are territorial with their own and other gourami species, to varying degrees, and from fish to fish sometimes. But generally the Honey is a safer choice to communities.

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Old 02-20-2011, 02:54 PM   #4
 
Thanks Byron,

Update to the original message is that while in the 10 gallon fighting crabs the Gourami also decided to fight the beta that was in there. The beta got his world rocked and now looks very much like the females of the species with his small fins. My cousin told me to name the beta, Kimbo Slice, because he is a big bad fighter but can't back it up. Either way I took the Gourami back to the LFS and they gave me 6 Serpae Tetra and 2 Neons in trade. This was my choosing as the selection was limited today. I think for my centerpiece I have decided on Angels.
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:37 PM   #5
 
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Thanks Byron,

Update to the original message is that while in the 10 gallon fighting crabs the Gourami also decided to fight the beta that was in there. The beta got his world rocked and now looks very much like the females of the species with his small fins. My cousin told me to name the beta, Kimbo Slice, because he is a big bad fighter but can't back it up. Either way I took the Gourami back to the LFS and they gave me 6 Serpae Tetra and 2 Neons in trade. This was my choosing as the selection was limited today. I think for my centerpiece I have decided on Angels.
I'm afraid you are exchanging one trouble for another.

Angels need a group also, at least 5, and that means nothing under a 4-foot (55g) tank. Please read our profile, Pterophyllum scalare.

Serpae tetra are notorious fin nippers. They need at least 8 in a group, and 8 of them in the 29g with nothing else would be ideal. This species can never be in with slow sedate fish like angels or Gourami as their nipping will be heightened; the long trailing fins of slow fish are too much of a temptation. Here again, lots of info in the profile, Serpae Tetra.

Neons are characins (tetra) so a group is also needed. All tetra are shoaling fish, minimum 6 for neons will suffice. They too can become aggressive in smaller numbers. And neons never with angels, the angels will eat them and/or the neons find their fins too tempting.

Always research the fish before considering acquiring it. Fish are creatures with traits, habits, almost personalities some would say, and they vary. Providing the correct environment (numbers, other fish, tank size, decor) will mean happier and thus healthier fish.

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Old 02-20-2011, 03:54 PM   #6
 
Thanks again....I was just reading the profiles when I realized what I had done. I have a 55 gallon that is waiting on a stand to begin set up. I get the stand tomorrow. What do you think would be a good centerpiece fish since I have the seven Serpae and 6 Neons? I also still have my destroyed beta and (before I really did any research) my red fin shark. I also have the 4 black and 2 blk/orange mollys that I nabbed the other day when my 29 finished cycling. Would it be wise just to do a shoaling tank with what I have so far, using the shark as my centerpiece?
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:01 PM   #7
 
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Thanks again....I was just reading the profiles when I realized what I had done. I have a 55 gallon that is waiting on a stand to begin set up. I get the stand tomorrow. What do you think would be a good centerpiece fish since I have the seven Serpae and 6 Neons? I also still have my destroyed beta and (before I really did any research) my red fin shark. I also have the 4 black and 2 blk/orange mollys that I nabbed the other day when my 29 finished cycling. Would it be wise just to do a shoaling tank with what I have so far, using the shark as my centerpiece?
In a 55g, the shark will work, but it will basically limit any other substrate fish. But it is a beautiful fish, so on its own is still an option.

Angels would be fine, a group of 5. The shark is OK with them, or should be.

Neons will be OK as the angels will likely be small at first and grow up with the neons, but down the road you never know, the angels may decide to eat the neons.

The Serpae Tetra I personally would either get rid of, or plan on them in the 29g. Some bottom fish would work with them. The shark unfortunately gets too large for a 29g. A group of corys would manage with the Serpae in the 29g. Putting the Serpae in the 55g is going to limit options.
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