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post #11 of 19 Old 01-26-2010, 06:48 PM
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The Blue Gourami members, including the Gold, Opaline, 3 Spot, etc, should all be fine with a Blood Parrot, as would a Moonlight Gourami. I would avoid the "Giant" Gourami (Colisa fasciata) and the True Giant Gourami (Osphronemus gourami).
thank you! i have always wanted a pair, but was worried about my gouramis being its tankmates! they may be on my future fish list now!

47 gal tall freshwater - 6 Balloon Mollies, 6 Silver Sailfin Mollies, 2 African Black Knife Fish, Albino Bristlenose Pleco, Black Pleco, Black Algae Eating Shrimp, and 5 Emerald Corys.
36 gal bowfront freshwater (temporary, i sprung a leak in my 55!)- 2 Oscars, 1 Electric Blue Lobster (Crayfish), and a Striped Raphael Catfish.
46 gal bowfront freshwater - 2 Opaline and 2 Gold Gouramis, 3 Pink Kissing Gouramis, 3 Golden Dojo Loaches (Weather Loaches), 3 Assorted Angelfish, and a Farlowella.
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post #12 of 19 Old 01-26-2010, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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My golden gouramis do not bother either the rainbow or the cichlids, if that's what people were looking to find out. So, if you're a big golden gourami fan, I can personally recommend them. I think they're gorgeous, they're just too "who can I beat up now?" for my taste. I like a calm tank. My fish tanks are my zen. I need the peace they offer me, not the wars.
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My golden gouramis do not bother either the rainbow or the cichlids, if that's what people were looking to find out. So, if you're a big golden gourami fan, I can personally recommend them. I think they're gorgeous, they're just too "who can I beat up now?" for my taste. I like a calm tank. My fish tanks are my zen. I need the peace they offer me, not the wars.
i hear ya haha. thats why i wondered about them and the blood parrots. they don't seem to bug anyone else but eachother, but sometimes i wonder about that aggression. i do love my gold gouramis, even though my fiancee told me they were boring lol.

47 gal tall freshwater - 6 Balloon Mollies, 6 Silver Sailfin Mollies, 2 African Black Knife Fish, Albino Bristlenose Pleco, Black Pleco, Black Algae Eating Shrimp, and 5 Emerald Corys.
36 gal bowfront freshwater (temporary, i sprung a leak in my 55!)- 2 Oscars, 1 Electric Blue Lobster (Crayfish), and a Striped Raphael Catfish.
46 gal bowfront freshwater - 2 Opaline and 2 Gold Gouramis, 3 Pink Kissing Gouramis, 3 Golden Dojo Loaches (Weather Loaches), 3 Assorted Angelfish, and a Farlowella.
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-27-2010, 04:34 AM
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How big are your BP now? blood parrots are sort of like oscars. Most are fairly placid while some can be monsters. Watch your fishes personality as they grow but so far I don't see anything wrong with the suggested stock.
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post #15 of 19 Old 01-27-2010, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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My larger BP is maybe half the size of a baseball, although not that round. LOL

The smaller one is maybe two-thirds the size of a golf ball. Ditto on the roundness. ;)
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-27-2010, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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Some of my research yesterday led me to blue ram cichlids as a tank mate for my BP's. Would the blue ram also be compatible with my rainbow shark?

At this point, I think I'm just going to bring all of my golden gouramis to my fish guy. They seem to be the speedbump in this tank for me.
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Some of my research yesterday led me to blue ram cichlids as a tank mate for my BP's. Would the blue ram also be compatible with my rainbow shark?
I don't think say Lynda. Blue Rams are very delicate, and the nitrogenous compounds produced by large fish like Blood Parrots would make it difficult to maintain the water quality you are looking for.

When you read "Blue Rams", think "Discus".
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-27-2010, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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I've never really been a discus kind of girl..... but then again, I never had the fish combo I have now. It's pretty interesting how your taste changes and grows as you become exposed to more species.
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-27-2010, 04:41 PM
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You might be ok with Bolivian rams, though. They're considerably hardier (i.e. more tolerant of a wider range of water conditions) than blue rams. They're also a bit larger and less shy, so might get along better with the parrots.

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