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post #11 of 16 Old 07-23-2013, 04:12 PM
Maybe dwarf gourami? Idk much about them but i feel like a pair or trio would be a good addition. hopefully someone corrects me if I'm wrong about that
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post #12 of 16 Old 07-23-2013, 04:53 PM
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You ought to be over run with fish with that stocking list, even if you got some fish to eat the fry. But it's your tank.

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post #13 of 16 Old 07-23-2013, 05:52 PM
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Maybe dwarf gourami? Idk much about them but i feel like a pair or trio would be a good addition. hopefully someone corrects me if I'm wrong about that
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I find 3 when it comes to DGs is the magical number....however they are aggressive if not happy or enough plants and hiding spots. I've never attempted to keep DGs with smaller fish because their personality is so big. I'm not sure I'd recommend more then 1 for your tank if you decide to get a DG. I have mine with all fish the get 12inches or more. However that doesn't mean 1 will not work in your group. Trial and error sometimes is the way.

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post #14 of 16 Old 07-24-2013, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Oh haha I forgot to mention I'm keeping males only. So no even possibility of fry.

I've been researching the DG and I like it, but yes it seems to get mixed reviews. It seems like some specimens are just aggressive, so I might have to return it, but you never know, I might be lucky. I can't figure out what the "magic" number is for them though, single, pair, or trio? Of course most fish stores don't even stock females, so in that case I'd have to go with just one.

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post #15 of 16 Old 07-24-2013, 09:22 AM
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I am in that same boat.. Most of the fish in my house are males. Don't want baybays lol. So I keep 3 males in a 75 and they do get along, I think your best bet is trying 1 to see how it does with the other fish...then if that works eventually another two(if you want to try 3). I wouldn't ever get just 2 males though...they would more likely to harass eachother.
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post #16 of 16 Old 07-25-2013, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Hey, what about a pair of Bolivian Rams? I'm kind of concerned about the gouramis because livebearers are middle-top dwelling fish, like them, so there would be competition...but rams are also another nice centrepiece fish, and they hang out near the bottom.

But how would they be compatible with my other planned fish? They would be with livebearers (males only), and I'm not sure if that's too boisterous for them? Also I wouldn't be salting the tank so there's hopefully no issue of different water requirements, unless my water turns out to have a really high or really low ph/hardness.

If I was to get Bolivian rams, would a male/female pair be the best way to go? I'm not concerned about fry too much with these guys since they aren't as prolific as livebearers, and also the parenting behaviour would be neat to see. I've heard that they're hard to sex though, so how would I be sure I don't have 2 males or 2 females? And if I did end up with 2 of one gender, would that be a problem?
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