02-05-2014, 11:14 AM
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Are Gouramis sociable?
Originally Posted by tankman12
We'll dwarf gourami are 50-50 some are nice some are not. But putting a m/f pair in a 20g (that isnt planted) is a horrific idea the male will chase and harass the female a lot. You could put 1m/2f in a planted 20g with a lot of hiding spots. Or u could put 3f in the 20g and should not have a prob. But females don't have bright colors. You can put 1m/2f in ur tank and see what happens. Just watch them and have a place to move them to if there is a prob.
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First and foremost, females are almost impossible to find. There ARE places that sell them - I assume you have one by you or else you wouldn't be suggesting the OP get 3 of them. But for the rest of us, they just aren't available. Because if this, there is LIMITED experience available to reference on keeping pairs or trios or whatever. The best account (they journaled it) I saw of someone trying to do what you are suggesting was in a 40 breeder, and the male killed all the females. I've seen WAAAAAAY more tanks with multiple DGs fail than succeed. One of the problems is that people don't recognize it as a failure because there aren't outright attacks. One simply dies. The guy with the 40 breeder was in denial about his tank, even when he was only left with his male.
That all being said, a 20 gallon is a REALLY small tank to attempt to do something like this in. I would absolutely not take these suggestions. If you want more than one go with honey gourami. In addition to actually being peaceful, they don't get the dwarf gourami disease.
Last edited by jaysee; 02-05-2014 at 11:17 AM..