I'm not sure what to do. Turns out my meanie isn't working out, so I offered to take him back, but I think I'm going to bring him to my LFS. They said they'd take him. I just can't decide what to do. I like the GSP, but I realize I'd have to get rid of most of my plants in there. I like Chiclids but find most of the ones I like, won't work in a smaller tank. I changed the tank over to sand, during the short time the fish was gone, so I'd like to get eel loaches, which I have in my other tank, they're great, but couldn't have them if I had a GSP. Decisions, decisions. Ugh. Trying to do this now, while I'm off for the summer :)
Shrimp and dwarf puffers are a gamble. Some puffers either dont notice or dont care and the shrimp live. Other puffers value them as a tasty treat to tear to shreds. I'm hoping to get my hands on a trio of DPs for my 15g here in a couple of weeks, and I think I am not even going to try to house them with an oto, just going to keep it them. Any other options you are considering for your free tank???
Glad the meanie is finding a new home. The reason those cichlids shouldnt be in that size tank is because they need a lot of them to spread out their aggression issues, and they get about 4-5". Two in that tank size, no matter the decor or amount of plants, will have issues that could escalate to the death of one of them eventually. Rams are the only cichlids I can think of that would safely be housed, and happily, in that tank size. Plus, Rams also have other non-cichlid tankmates you can get as they arent as aggressive and mean as most others. And with Blue Rams, you get great coloring that would stand out, and you could get a few in there easily without many issues, especially if you get the sex ratio right. Let me know what you end up doing.
Hi Amanda, Hey, I found a guy on this site, who lives near me and he's going to take my "mean" male Gourami from me today. That means I will have back my approx 25 gal tank to restock. I was reading a thread where you were offering advise on Chilcilds so, I'm going to ask you, as you seem to have great knowledge :)
I would really like to get a couple of those yellow electric guys, and do see that it's suggested for a minimum tank of 55 gal. Do you not think I could put 2 in my tank, since it is so heavily planted? I can't get anymore tanks right now, and if I can't do that I'd have to think what to put in there. Sometimes stocking is half the fun, I've decided! My female Gourami is doing great with all the other fishes, and I think I've found a good home for my bully. He's being picked up tonight :)
No, I haven't. I did get another Bamboo shrimp, that I put in with him. Poor little guy is so afraid, he just sits in one spot (not fan feeding). I hope he comes around. The gourami isn't bothering him, but I'm not likely to get other fish - he is just not going to be good with other fish. I spot him chasing the oto cats when they move around - he doesn't hurt them, but he seems to like to go after anything that moves, so I think regular fish are out. The tank isn't that big, and having him alone in there may be just the thing to do - with of course, the Bamboo shrimp and 3 otos.
From what I understand with meaner and larger gourami the best tankmates are supposably similar sized yet non-aggressive and non-nippy tankmates. I'd look through the profiles of some of the rasbora species. One not listed but is pretty easy to find that I think would work well is the brilliant rasbora, if you like the look of it of course, lol. :) I read up on the cardinals, and it says they are a good match for rarer gourami, which I am assuming is because of their ability to be safely kept in higher temps. Some larger barbs like Odessas might be okay with him, if the tank size and such is workable for them that is. Keep me posted on any changes or new tankmates!!! :)
I'm not interested in the look of Cherry Barbs. I'm being fussy. LOL!! I posted for others to weigh in. . I'll see what I get. I'm thinking catfish of various types would be good, but I'd like to have something that swims mid level, but I'm thinking my nasty male would harrass them. I wouldn't mind placing him, but I'm weird about committing to animals, and I'd only do it if I could find a better home than me. :) Keep in touch, I'm glad things are going good for you. I have no problems with my female Opaline, but the male if a totally different story. The female is so happy with her tankmates.