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Old 05-17-2013, 12:50 AM   #11
 
I've had a few honey gouramis and moonlight...all had about the same temperament ... Semi aggressive toward each other - the more dominant one merely chasing the others with no harm really done...to offset this, u may want to add plants to the tank...simply put, it allows the smaller to escape or avoid being notice by the dominant one...funny thing was, my honeys only chased the honeys and the moonlight only chased the moonlights - both sets generally leaving the others alone...floating plants and or lilies also help with gouramis as they will often go to the surface to breathe - and the presence of such provides both shade from lighting for the fish as well as a sense of security from predators (real or imagined)...
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:42 AM   #12
 
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What sized tank was that in?


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Old 05-17-2013, 06:34 AM   #13
 
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Alright, so I'm leaning towards gouramis. Would you guys recommend 3? I do plant on decorating it heavily, so that's not too much of an issue. From what I've seen, don't cardinals tend to stay in the middle or towards the bottom? I like cardinals more than neons just because of their size.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:25 AM   #14
 
The same 120g I went on about before...and yes cardinals tend to stay mid/bottom...really pretty in large groups..
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:42 PM   #15
 
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Alright so the plan is currently:

A number of cardinals (maybe 15-20?)
A number of dwarf OR honey gouramis... (maybe 3 dwarfs OR honeys?)
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:19 PM   #16
 
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For filtration - I am a believer in big filtration, though that's not very popular on this forum.
I use to just have filtration that recommended for the size of the tank. I now have filtration that bigger. I have better water condition with such setups even with plants.
On my 29 gallon I have a canister that's rated for a 60 gallon tank. In my 10 gallon have a Saul sponge filter which also rated for a bigger tank. Now I still think current needs to be passed on the fish but there are ways to deal with depending in the filter.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:47 PM   #17
 
Hi again...not sure of the official space requirements for gouramis...I know that honeys can get about the size of an adults palm...would prefer to have one of the experts provide their opinions...both can be somewhat shy at times and cardinals stress easy - so I suggest maybe a planted tank with both floating plants or lillys and some sort of ground cover like a clover (which I've never had much luck with)...with a 40g it should be pretty fun to get really creative with natural habitat wise...can't wait to see what u come up with...oh, also maybe the dwarf and cardinals coloration are too similar, but that's all up to personal taste...
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:20 AM   #18
 
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I do plan on heavily decorating the tank. No live plants, all artificial, but there'll be a lot of them. If we don't get the gouramis, we'll go with a lot of cardinals haha.

And one last thing...

If I have an already-established tank, should I cycle the tank or just add some substrate and filter media and just put the fish in. I also use PRIME conditioner, which actually bonds ammonia for about 24 hours...
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:37 AM   #19
 
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I do plan on heavily decorating the tank. No live plants, all artificial, but there'll be a lot of them. If we don't get the gouramis, we'll go with a lot of cardinals haha.

And one last thing...

If I have an already-established tank, should I cycle the tank or just add some substrate and filter media and just put the fish in. I also use PRIME conditioner, which actually bonds ammonia for about 24 hours...
Contrary to how it may seem, you do not have to put live plants in your tank - the fish will do just fine with silk plants. And I thought I was the only one here who doesn't want a heavily planted tank....

All you have to do is add the established filter media to the new filter. As long as you don't overload it with fish right from the start, there will be no lag time. And time that I do something that may cause a lag in the cycle, I don't feed the tank for a couple days, which helps them to catch up. Feeding only makes for more work for the bacteria. I also dose with prime as a precaution, for a couple days.
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:43 AM   #20
 
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That sounds good! So my tank is nuked. All the gravel has been washed with super hot water from the tap, the filter has been dried out, old media is gone, everything else has been dried out...no way anything survived that, right? right?! Anyway...I'll probably get the plants as soon and possible. When I get the fish I'll switch the media .
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