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Old 07-19-2014, 09:29 AM   #11
 
They were small, at a guess an inch and a half maybe 2"? Ok so a pair would not be good, what about 2 of the same sex, either males of females?
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:36 AM   #12
 
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The males are nicer and the females are dull. You could do a nice group like i said before, that would be cool. But 2 females will definitely work. To male, sometimes work but sometimes one male will own the other male and be aggressive to it, i wouldnt do it. Do they have females?
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:45 AM   #13
 
Paradise fish are definately not cold water. They like 75-78*F which is considered tropical. They can be considered temperate as well because cooler water is a possibility as well but they aren't any more likely to eat neons than a gourami. I wouldn't do two dwarf gourami in a 35. In order for multiple to be kept, a proper group has to be formed. You need a larger tank for this. I also want to note that females are silver and not the blue you saw. The larger gourami are sold that small as well so I advise you to correctly ID them before you purchase them.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:54 AM   #14
 
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Gcnz can you find a pic of them on the internet and post it? That way we can know what it actually is.
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:41 AM   #15
 
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If you want the gourami I think that's what you should get. :) From the name I do think they are dwarf gouramis, I would get just one. It's really hard to find females in the trade, they are likely all males. My dad just bought 4 dwarf gouramis and in 3 months we have only 1 left after the fighting... I don't know how some people make them work, but our last two stayed in separate corners of a densely planted tank until one died, presumably of stress. A lone dwarf gourami would make a nice centerpiece fish. :)

What do you currently have in your tank?

Paradise fish are pretty iffy. They are one of the hardiest tropicals available, and were the first tropical fish ever kept in aquaria! (fun history lesson time woop).

As for temperature Seriously Fish has this to say:
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Is usually quoted as tolerating temperatures between 61 80F/16 27C but is known to survive even beyond these values, meaning it can be kept in an unheated tank in most cases. It's worth noting that it seems to exhibit the best colouration at around 70 75F/21 -24C.
Likewise they go on to say Paradise fish should be kept in species only tanks... I love them, being the first fish I ever kept, but they are just too unpredictable in communities.
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:32 PM   #16
 
I agree Flint, it would be necessary to ID them correctly first, theres no point finding a pic on the net of what I think they look like as it might be different to the ones they are selling, also yes the small size might just mean a young normal sized gourami, most of the fish they sell do seem to be younger fish.
I'm going to start planting all my java fern in the tank today, also some more anubias, hopefully get it looking nice and green
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:30 PM   #17
 
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HOPEFULLY!!! It will probably look great! Nothing is better than a nice planted tank.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:24 AM   #18
 
Heres a pic with the java fern planted, doesn't look the greatest as it was grown just floating in a tank so the leaves are pointing all over the place, hopefully they will all be pointing up towards the light in a week or two.

I've also got some longer lights coming as you can see by the photos this lights made for a shorter tank... sorry about photo quality
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:36 AM   #19
 
OOHH! You're gonna love new lights! I was awestruck when I changed the bulbs in my 10. You'll be amazed at the difference it makes!
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:22 AM   #20
 
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The java fern looks good. Once it grows in, it will look even better. What are you going to but in the middle? I would say some nice crypts. Or are you going to leave it open, and give the tank some more depth?
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