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post #1 of 12 Old 10-17-2008, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Can tetras be kept with dwarf Gourami?

I think the subject pretty much sums it up. I have a 39 US gallon tank that I am planning on putting a couple of dwarf gourami's in, just wondering if tetras are compatible with them or if they'll become lunch :)
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-19-2008, 10:06 AM
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Dwarves don't get large enough to prey on most species of tetra unless they are very young. The one issue is that some tetras can be nippy, like serpaes. Which tetras do you want to keep?

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-19-2008, 11:52 AM
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I keep my dwarf gourami with black phantom and neon tetras and have never had any problems with nippiness from either.

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post #4 of 12 Old 10-19-2008, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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I am interested in columbian tetra, cardinals and glow tetra :)
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-22-2008, 07:25 PM
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Can i advise you to not get any fish that have "glo" in their name winny, as they are genetically modified. Buying them only means your supporting what those cruel people do to already kool fishies...

And you shouldn't see any problem with mixing the gourami and the tetras...

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-23-2008, 02:09 PM
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Glowlight tetras are a naturally occurring species of fish. The only genetically modified fish offered for sale currently is the GloFish, which is a genetically modified zebra danio.

winnydapoo, those tetras you listed should all make good tankmates for a dwarf gourami. How many gouramis do you plan on having? Most dwarf gouramis are males due to hormone injections, so territoriality is an issue. I wouldn't get more than two, and even then I would try to create distinct territories with plants. The tetras should be in a group of at least six.

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post #7 of 12 Old 10-26-2008, 03:06 PM
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Glowlight tetras are a naturally occurring species of fish. The only genetically modified fish offered for sale currently is the GloFish, which is a genetically modified zebra danio.

winnydapoo, those tetras you listed should all make good tankmates for a dwarf gourami. How many gouramis do you plan on having? Most dwarf gouramis are males due to hormone injections, so territoriality is an issue. I wouldn't get more than two, and even then I would try to create distinct territories with plants. The tetras should be in a group of at least six.
Hmm, batman, "mixed fruit" aka dyed whiteskirt tetras are available for purchase at my LFS, but I wouldn't buy them again. Those are modified to right?
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I am interested in columbian tetra, cardinals and glow tetra :)
Cardinals and glowlights will work quite well. However, the columbians are far too aggressive and will terrorize your gourami and the glow tetras. I'd scratch the columbians and add Ember Tetras (Hyphessobrycon amandae).

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Hmm, batman, "mixed fruit" aka dyed whiteskirt tetras are available for purchase at my LFS, but I wouldn't buy them again. Those are modified to right?
Actually dyed whiteskirt tetras are physically died through tatooing :( not a happy thing.
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-15-2009, 08:59 AM
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I have 5 black skirts in with 2 dwarf gouramis and they seem to be doing well together. There is one (the smallest, go figure) black skirt that is turning out to be a fin nipper. I can see where he has nipped at the fin of the one gourami. I am just going to keep an eye on him and if he continues to misbehave, well...he might have to be moved. All in all, I am happy with the interaction between the two.
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-19-2009, 05:38 PM
My 2 blackskirts hide in the back plants, i do not even get to see them eating. I may donate them to make more room in my tank because i'm restocking.Sorry but there are by far more interesting fish. It would be a shame to see your gourami getting eat up by an ankle biter, oops i mean a fin nipper. ha ha
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