10-31-2009, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by redlessi
Hi Byron, thanks for answering, which fish are predatory the angels or kribs. I thought dwarf gouramis were recommended for 1 or is that just with smaller tanks? I am not interested in breeding any of these so does it matter if the pair is the same sex or not?
Angels will eat (or may eat or try to eat) anything small enough to swallow. I haven't found suggestions of kribs being predatory, but peaceful except when spawning.
When a fish is recommended as best in a "pair" that means male and female. Some fish settle in better (the common or blue ram, kribs) as pairs, others are better in small groups of one male to 2-3 females (most of the SA dwarf cichlids are these). Some can be kept in a small group (kribs, angels).
My error on the dwarf gourami, I mis-read it as honey gourami. Yes, a pair is recommended; males can be a bit rough. Also this is a rather quiet and shy fish, not best with more boistrous tankmates. Many of the gouramis are similar in behaviours; I have 7 pygmy sparkling (croaking) gouramis and 6 chocolate gouramis (three each of two related species) in my 70g. Never any fights, but some pushing or shoving by males. I tried to get one male/two females with the chocolates, not sure if I did (certainly have one female, twice she has been mouthbrooding eggs). But they have room, and it is thickly planted. They're all together at feeding times with no squabbles.
Last edited by Byron; 10-31-2009 at 01:37 PM..