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Old 03-06-2011, 11:09 AM   #11
 
The pearl gourami is actually quite docile as far as gouramis go and will leave its tankmates alone. I have housed them with neon tetras and never had any issue there. I agree that they do better in a longer tank and aren't really as concerned with volume so a 5 inch fish would be fine in your tank. They would make a great focal point for your tank.
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:17 AM   #12
 
Compatibility/Temperament: A peaceful gourami, quiet and sedate, suitable for a community tank of non-aggressive fishes that are not too active. Males are territorial, so best kept as a pair provided there are hiding places for the female to escape the male's attentions. Rasbora, loaches, less-active tetras, small catfish would make good tankmates; fish larger than the gourami are not suitable.

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This is the compatibility profile for the pearl gourami. As you can see, it gets along quite well with tetras and is considered a peaceful fish.
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:31 AM   #13
 
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Compatibility/Temperament: A peaceful gourami, quiet and sedate, suitable for a community tank of non-aggressive fishes that are not too active. Males are territorial, so best kept as a pair provided there are hiding places for the female to escape the male's attentions. Rasbora, loaches, less-active tetras, small catfish would make good tankmates; fish larger than the gourami are not suitable.

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This is the compatibility profile for the pearl gourami. As you can see, it gets along quite well with tetras and is considered a peaceful fish.
You're quite correct, my apology for the mixup.
I wrote that profile too, so there is no excuse for my blunderings.
Obviously getting mixed up with the Blue.

Still the tank size issue, we all agree on that.

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Old 03-06-2011, 05:23 PM   #14
 
Byron, is there any visible signs that I can check for for this specific disease? Because I know of no local fish breeders therefor all of my fish will come from either Petsmart or Petland.

And if I do get an aggressive dwarf gourami could the pair temporarily live in a ten gallon? because I do have an empty ten gallon tank, but they would need to live there for awhile until I get a splurge of money.

Is it possible that the gourami's aggression would go away with time?
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:36 PM   #15
 
sometimes the heartiness of the gourami depends on its color, much like the betta. A red betta is going to be a heartier fish than a blue betta. temporarily housing the young gouramis in a 10gal tank would be fine as a quarantine type situation, however, the illness that usually affects gouramis is gourami specific and can not affect your other fish. it is a digestive bacterial disease and it would be impossible to detect on a young fish at a pet store.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:48 PM   #16
 
The gourami profile says :

"This species frequently carries a disease known as "dwarf gourami iridovirus" which some believe has been caused by successive generations of inbreeding of this fish in the far east. Imports of the species often have high losses, and this disease is now known to be transmittable to other species in the same aquarium with an infected gourami"

Surely the profile isn't wrong.....I'm sure someone would have picked up on it.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:52 PM   #17
 
it would affect other gouramis of that same species but it would not affect, say, tetras or danios.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:03 PM   #18
 
Oh ok. I got ya. Thanks for clearing that up. :)

With buying both from the same place, probably even the same tank, will it matter if it can not be transmitted to others?
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:08 PM   #19
 
places like petsmart have what is called a "centralized filtration system" so, in other words, every single tank shares the same water because it all gets filtered by the same unit and replaced into each tank. that being said, any dwarf gouramis bought from that store will have been exposed either directly (by sharing a tank) or indirectly (sharing the same water). So, if the disease is present at that store it will affect all gouramis of that species at that store.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:38 PM   #20
 
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According to my info, this disease is contagious to any species of fish in the tank [or in the tanks connected by the filtration system as someone mentioned is common in many fish stores now]. Neale Monks says it will spread to any species, and mentions guppies contracting it in the same aquarium.

Bandy, to answer your question, i would not buy this fish myself unless I knew the source. Most in the stores come from farms in SE Asia and this disease is very widespread there, hence the risk. I understand from Matt Clarke that most (perhaps all, can't remember totally) stores in the UK do not even carry this species any longer, to avoid spreading this virus.

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