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post #1 of 2 Old 04-03-2011, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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what new fish should i get in my 29g

After realizing that 10g tanks were just not cutting my desire for a aquarium experience (i have 3 haha) I decided to finally get a 29g (which im sure will lead to the purchase of a 55g in a year and so on..)

Now, I put some fish I already had in there, because they were too big/out of place in my other 10gs. Currently in the 29g I have a gold gourami (think it's male..), a female dalmation molly, and a male swordtail. I want everyone to be happy and get along and thus far, I've observed the gourami bullying the swordtail at feeding time, and just chasing him when bored I guess. Soo here's my questions:

1) Would getting more gourami help with the bullying? Or would they all gang up on my already exhausted swordtail?

2) If I got more swordtails (I've heard to get 2-3 females per male to avoid the male bullying one female to death or to avoid two males hating each other) do they have to be the same coloration?
Mine's a pineapple swordtail, but I'd love to get a few red velvets or marigold.

3) Same question as above but for the molly. She's pretty big as far as mollies go, 3 inches maybe a tad more, but could I get a lyretail or other variation and expect them to get along?

4) Another other suggestions for friendly fish I could add? I'd love to add kuhli loaches at some point, I think they are just too fun when they're active...
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-03-2011, 03:13 PM
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The medium/large species of gourami are worse with 2 or more males, have a read of the info in our profile, click on the shaded name: Blue Gourami. The gold is the same species, there are blue, opaline, gold varieties but they are identical in requirements and behaviours. That will explain why one is better.

As for the other fish, livebearers can be mixed, just remember that with male and female you will have hundreds of fry. Getting rid of them is not always easy.

Have a look at our profile of the Kuhli Loach too for info on their needs.


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