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Labyrinth Fish & Filtration/Aeration
Old 04-06-2014, 07:53 AM   #1
 
Labyrinth Fish & Filtration/Aeration

With bettas, we all know filtration/aeration is optional as long as you manually remove waste regularly but is this true with other labyrinth fish like gourami?

I have the opportunity to get my hands on a Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy) as well as a 240 gallon tank but I will have to wait for the tank to be delivered up here in a few months. I can house him in my 75 until then but I don't have a filter for it. As long as I watch the water quality (which won't be a huge issue at 2") and do WCs, can he live without a filter for a couple months? Also, how would I go about taking a gouarmi on a 13 hour car ride?
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:20 AM   #2
 
Well, the person with the GG decided to keep him but I am still curious.
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:05 AM   #3
 
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The need for filters is entirely dependent on the setup. If you kept that 2 inch gourami in a 75 by itself, you could probably not change the water for a month, just because of how low the bioload is compared to how much water there is. That's really true of any fish.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:38 PM   #4
 
I would find a cheap HOB or internal filter to use. These are messy fish and they are not tiny. Don't know how big it is now, if feed well it will grow fast, and I do mean fast. Neat fish, just takes a special type owner.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:29 PM   #5
 
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2 inches now.
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:58 AM   #6
 
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For transporting a fish for 13 hours, one could put the fish in a large plastic bag, in a shipping box, and find a fish place that has an Oxygen cylinder that can pump O2 into the bag. Then seal it with a string rubber band.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:50 AM   #7
 
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I also remember that there is a product that releases Oxygen. I'm not sure if this was the exact product, but it does exist:

Oxygen Tablets: Other Fish & Aquarium | eBay

FWIW, here's an interesting article about slowing down metabolism when shipping:

Feature Article: Reducing Losses Associated With Transport & Handling In Marine Teleost Fish €” Advanced Aquarist | Aquarist Magazine and Blog
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