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post #11 of 17 Old 08-04-2011, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Ok okay thanks I really like the rasboras! I'll skip the pearl and add a school of Cory cats., the rasboras, my gouramis, and maybe some type of tetra?
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post #12 of 17 Old 08-04-2011, 01:12 PM
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The converstation had continued a little bit before I had posted my response, so it may have seemed a little out of place.

Just to be clear, my suggestions for rasboras was for tankmates with Pearls and other more peaceful gouramis and not Trichogaster trichopterus. Most everything I've read says that Trichogaster trichopterus just don't make good community fish.
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post #13 of 17 Old 08-04-2011, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Oh okay hmm well I have the 1 gold and 2
Threespot as my sister who is going to college had them so sh gave them to me. Is there anything I can do about them? There is 1 male threespot 1 female threespot and a female gold. I really want to avoid rehoming them
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post #14 of 17 Old 08-04-2011, 02:52 PM
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Sorry for the confusion, I didn't know you already had the three-spots/golds and thought this was a new set-up from scratch.

The problem I see is that you have two conflicting goals: one being keeping the Trichogaster trichopterus (three-spot, blue, gold, opaline - all the same species); the other being your desire to have a community tank. From what I can tell you can have one or the other, but not both. Mind you, this is based solely on what I've read and from what I've learned from others as I have not kept these fish, and I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule. I'll let others share their experiences and recommend fish to add to your Trichogaster trichopterus if you are set on keeping them.

I personally wouldn't risk it. Nothing can turn what should be a fun and relaxing hobby into frustration more than having a tankfull of unhealthy fish beating each other up.

Again, sorry for muddying the water, hopfully others with more experience with these fish will chime in.
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post #15 of 17 Old 08-04-2011, 03:51 PM
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According to the profile we have her your current gourami is reasonably peaceful with robust fish such as the quieter barbs, loaches, larger catfish.

Read more: Blue Gourami (Trichopodus trichopterus) Profile

The barbs I suggested earlier would work well with your current gourami.

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post #16 of 17 Old 08-04-2011, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Your right I would prefer a community I will update you guys when I decide if it's worth it
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post #17 of 17 Old 08-05-2011, 02:02 PM
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I agree with what has been posted about gourami. One has to be very careful combining species, just as with cichlids. In both cases, males are very territorial and thus aggressive, and this can vary a bit from fish to fish but the inherent trait is there so it should be considered.

In your case, with 1 male and 2 female, you are probably OK with the trio. But I would not add other gourami to the tank, so in my view no pearls with this trio.

So, with the trio of Trichopodus trichopterus [Blue, Gold, Opaline, 3 spot, whatever you may call it] some suitable tankmates would be rasbora (the medium/larger species like Trigonostigma species], small/medium peaceful barbs like Calmwaters mentioned [Black Ruby is a beauty], medium peaceful characins (some are fin nippers when mixed with gourami, so watch this, it is mentioned in our profiles if it is applicable to that species]. Any of these should be in groups, and in a 60g I would go with groups of 7 minimum, 8-9 better. Depends upon the species. Barb at 7-8 is sufficient, rasbora can have more (9-11), some characins similar. These numbers take into account behaviours and activity; more sedate rasbora and similar characins fare better in larger groups than more active barb given the space.


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