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post #1 of 5 Old 07-26-2011, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Hello,
I used to have two separate fish tanks that looked like this:

1) small tank: two guppys (red and yellow)
2) large tank: powder blue dwarf gourami, red platy, 2 neon tetras (lost one to sickness) and 3 rasboras.

I just added the two guppys into the larger tank to save desk space.

Should there be a problem with the guppys in the larger tank with those other fish?
Right now they are swimming at the top, but I only added them less than 5 minutes ago.

Thank you and I know that I should have more neon & rasbora, I am in the process of doing so.

Update: The guppys are still at the top of the tank, but the platy seems to be "following" them by swimming right to the side of them. Is that behavior normal?

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-26-2011, 06:22 PM
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I don't see any real issue. The platy is probably curious; I frequently observe fish swimming close to or along with new fish of another species.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-26-2011, 07:16 PM
wouldn't the dourami attack the guppies

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-26-2011, 07:23 PM
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wouldn't the dourami attack the guppies
I had thought about that actually. Betta will, it is the bright colouraton. And larger gourami would. A dwarf gourami might be OK. But I will readily defer to anyone with contrary experience.

I was in a fish store last week, and stopped in front of a tank containing 5 or 6 Blue Gourami [actually, there were 2 "blue" and 2 "gold" and 2 "opaline" but they are all the same species]. Three neon tetra were also in the tank, and I thought, that's not a safe combination. I had scarcely "thought" that before two of the gourami closed in on the neons and within about 10 seconds one neon was completely digested by two gourami; a tiny fragment of skeleton drifted to the substrate. One of the gourami then turned and eyed and then lunged at another neon. I called the clerk over and she said the neons had jumped over from the adjoining tank, which I had assumed was the case. This points out why I keep saying, no large gourami with small fish.

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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 #5 of 5 Old 07-26-2011, 07:26 PM
yepp, very true

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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