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post #1 of 7 Old 07-27-2011, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
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Natural gourami biotope???

I would really like to make a natural biotope for my three spot gouramis in my 55g, anyone on here done it?
Just looking for any suggestions on what plants i could use?
Does their natural environment have blackwater?
What other fish could i have with the gouramis?
Pics would be great!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-27-2011, 12:58 PM
If im not mistaken, three spot gourami is the same as the Blue Gourami. Take a look at the profile of the blue gourami and it will tell you what kind of biotope they are naturally found in.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-28-2011, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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I think i'm gonna go for the SE asia blackwater biotope. Looks interesting,
What types of plants should i use? Crypts? Hygrophila? Nymphaea?

This i am very stuck on, what is the best substrate for a SE asia blackwater tank? Gravel? Sand? A mixture?

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post #4 of 7 Old 07-28-2011, 09:11 AM
gravel is easier to clean but sandy bottom is like what is found naturally in the fishes habitat

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-28-2011, 04:10 PM
Oh Em Gee... Kitten, i havent seen you around in a looooong time...

For SE Asian biotopes, a variety of crypts with hairgrass and lotus plants seem to be the simplest and easiest biotope to set up.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-31-2011, 07:33 AM
hi Sincrisis i knoooooww been really busy with rl and traveling but still i'm back since i missed you guys

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-02-2011, 01:18 AM
Welcome back kitten!

@Jack21: For substrate, there is an grade of gravel that is ultrafine. It is small, about 1-2mm in diameter. This will be big enough to avoid major compaction issues, but will be fine enough to still look a lot like the appropriate biotope look you are looking for. Sometimes they are sold under sand, and other times sold under fine grade gravel.
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