08-24-2012, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by sidluckman
Killies have different water requirements, i believe, compared to the rasboras and gouramis. That may be why you are discourage from including them.
I like espei (aka lambchop) rasboras quite a lot, but I would resist to temptation to put two schools of anything in there. One decent sized group of one species. Don't get greedy!
Small doesn't always mean docile, and sidthimunki loaches are an example. They need to be in groups (some sources say more than six individuals) but are not the mildest of the loach clan. I honestly have not seen aggression problems with YoYo loaches in all the time I have kept them. I now have only two in a 29, which I believe is really too small a tank to suit this fish for the long haul. They are slow growing but get quite large eventually. . .anyway, choose loaches carefully. Read and research first. All are somewhat distict in habit, sociability, size.
As gouramis mature, all kinds of behavioral difficulties can arise that were not an issue early on. I would be cautious here. I would attempt a single true male-female pair of gouramis in this tank, or only a single male. But you may "get away with" putting the two dwarf gouramis in without incident. Monitor combinations like this and never assume it will last happily ever after!
for what it's worth.
Excellent advice right here ^
I think you have the exact same tank as my 36 gallon & I use the Aqueon Pro Series heater, I think I have a 100 watt version. I like these heaters because they show a green light when they're on but not heating, and a red light when they're actually having to heat the water. If I could do it all again I'd buy the Hydor in line heater because it goes in the tubing from your canister filter instead of being yet another thing to try to hide in your tank.