I'd have to look into it regarding a gourami with cardinals. I know they dont recommend the ones we have with neon tetras, so I would think it might be the same for the cardinals since they are so similar in size and behavior. However, my female gourami is in with 5 neons and 5 small cherry barbs and she doesnt mind them at all...then again she is female and still getting use to the tank and me, but she took to the neons quickly. My gouarmi actually likes to play with my 2 emerald cories and runs up and down the sides of the tanks with them as if she was one. Have you thought about cherry barbs? I find my gourami doesnt go near them and vice versa.
Amanda, I have not decided on another fish. I'm also wondering if I could put some cardinal tetras in with my male Gourami? He's all by himself (3 otos too) but I'd like to add more to the tank. I'm worried he'll bully, but perhaps not a group of schooling fish. What do you know about Gourami's with cardinal tetras? Gwen
My gourami is doing wonderful and has already grown to nearly twice the size she was at purchase! Thanks for asking, Gwen!!! Yeah, I know what you mean about not wanting to pay over a certain amount for a fish!!! Have you considered any other fish species that can get along with your water parameters and current stock?
How's it going with your female Blue Gourami? I still haven't decided it I'm going to get another Bolivian ram, I think I will though. Waiting to feel up to spending another $16.00. If I had got that fish at one of the big box fish stores, they guarantee 15 days, but the store I got him only does a 3 day guarantee.
My little Bolivian Ram (Bogie) has passed. So sad. I guess with every loss there is something to learn. They are very timid fish (I didn't know that) and if I get another (which I think I will) I will have to either syringe feed it, at least till it figures out how to be as assertive as the Rainbows, because Rainbows are such aggressive eaters, I think it was a combination of him not getting food and then being exposed to ammonia because I was over feeding to make sure he got food, and didn't realize I'd get ammonia (I was just testing for nitrates) and they are also extremely sensitive to ammonia. I buried him in the ground next to a geranium plant I have.
Thanks for the compliments! Yeah, dwarf cichlids arent as hardy as the other non-dwarf cichlid species (minus a few). Hopefully you can save the lil guy!!! And I really appreciate your experience with your female gouarmi, it really helped me decide!!
Your tank looks fantastic! Your little girls looks good too. I'm sure you'll have no problems. I can't tell you how well mine does with all the fish I have. Not a mean bone in her body, and I know she was soooo happy to get away from my meanie male! I'd have a female now anyday - and the male is no more attractive than she. I posted in the disease section, thanks for that. I'm not hopeful, but perhaps someone will have some idea of how to help. I think I know the reason now, and it's my fault - dummy, dummy me - I would have never suspected ammonia, but sure enough I had a small amount, so that may be the cultprit, and apparently Bolivian Rams are very sensitive to this, so I may end up killing the poor thing :(
LOL Yeah, the DPs are awesome. Originally that was what my 5 gal was going to house, but finding DPs is very hard where I am (although there are plenty of GSP, I dont wish to go that large or brackish). Yeah, my hubby thinks I have lost it too. He thought my new 15 gal was to replace my 5 gal all together, bursted his bubble and informed him the 5 gal was going to go to the bedroom. He was happier when I mentioned shrimp or a crab in it, as that is more his level of fish interest, lol. Let me know what you do and post pics! DPs are awesome, and if I ever come across them in one of my LFS, they will come home with me immediately. If you need any info on them let me know, I have researched them to no end and am fully educated on them!
Okay, doing more reading, I'm starting to re-think the puffer thing. They are so cute, and I could keep just one. I also can seed from my existing tanks, so that could speed things up. I'm excited about this. My husband will roll his eyes, he thinks I've flipped my lid with the fish thing. LOL!!