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post #1 of 7 Old 12-22-2012, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do dwarf gourami need "dither fish"?

I have a 20Long "Asian Swamp" biotope tank inhabited by my pair of dwarf flame gourami and their spawn (a half-dozen or so nickel-quarter sized fish). The tank looks nice, with tannin-stained driftwood and several live plants.... Unfortunately, I never see the fish. Every couple of weeks I move a net around the tank just to see if the fish are still alive.
When I feed the tank I don't even see them, but if I leave the room and come back the food is gone. I do see them when they spawn though, which is a 2-3 day marathon every month or two.

The glass in the tank is tinted with a hard brown algae that I usually ignore, thinking that if it gets dark enough, maybe the fish will come out more.
Lighting is a single-tube flourescent fixture.

Would a small school of rasboras or a trio of loaches help?
Is there any fish that would leave the eggs alone? If not, I can remove the eggs when they're laid.

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-23-2012, 07:46 AM
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Interesting question. You usually hear about dither fish in connection with dwarf cichlids but, not with gourami. We know that dwarf gourami are fairly timid and shy. In a way, it seems that the younger fish might serve as dithers. Can you think of something that might be spooking them ? Otherwise, if everybody is healthy, maybe leave well enough alone. On the other hand, a peaceful bottom dwelling specie that is not overly active might help. I know, thanks for nothing.

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The fry are just as timid as the gourami... I know your probably right on "leave well enough alone", but I wish I could see my beautiful fish. :/
They get spooked by any movement outside the tank- read, any movement in the room. hmm..

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Maybe some smaller not too active fish ( dithers) would help bring them out.

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Thats what I'm thinking, maybe a school of harlequins...

I wonder if dwarfs would eat shrimp...

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Thats what I'm thinking, maybe a school of harlequins...

I wonder if dwarfs would eat shrimp...
Harlequins were what I was thinking about...couldn't remember the name. Are you thinking of enticing the dwarfs out with a meal of shrimp

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Was hoping the shrimp would survive...

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