Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources (http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/)
-   Anabantids (http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/anabantids/)
-   -   Sparkling gourami advise - help (http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/anabantids/sparkling-gourami-advise-help-111457/)

grannyfish 08-21-2012 02:22 PM

Sparkling gourami advise - help
 
I finally located a local source for sparkling gouramis. I have requested one male and 3 or 4 females - if possible. I know that is not going to happen as sexing is difficult so I will probably end up with 4-6 of unknown sexes.

They will be going into a 10 gallon heavily planted aquarium with bogwood. The pH is 7.6 which I know is high but the KH is 3; gH is 6. Other inhabitants are 3 otos and about 20 tiny to small cherry red shrimp.

Does anyone have any advice on keeping sparkling gouramis with this set up??? Could they possibly thrive?

Byron 08-21-2012 03:45 PM

I don't see any real issues. The GH is low, and that is as important if not more-so than pH provided this is not extreme, and it isn't that here.

grannyfish 08-21-2012 04:12 PM

Thanks Bryan, I want to make this little setup work really well. I appreciate your expertise and advise.
Grannyfish

grannyfish 08-21-2012 04:17 PM

Another question, I have what I would rate as medium lighting (one 15 watt t-T8 zoo med & the LED light that came with the Marineland lid) for the plants and I have read some info that these gouramis like LOW light, is this an issue?

Byron 08-21-2012 06:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by grannyfish (Post 1208257)
Another question, I have what I would rate as medium lighting (one 15 watt t-T8 zoo med & the LED light that came with the Marineland lid) for the plants and I have read some info that these gouramis like LOW light, is this an issue?

Most fish prefer less light over them, and floating plants usually work to achieve this provided the light isn't too intense to begin with.

I would consider a T8 tube over a 10g as sufficient. I don't know the LED light you mention, can that be removed? Or alternatively use the LED alone?

grannyfish 08-21-2012 08:06 PM

I turn the LED on first in the morning when I get up. It is not very bright, then later in the morning the fluorescent light, which is on a timer, comes on. The LED has a moonlight setting too that I turn on in the evening for a while when the others are off. So I sort of have a stage from no light to low, to bright and back down. The Fluorescent mostly lights the front of the tank so I thought the plants in the back would benefit from the LED which is pretty small, but I could turn the LED off after the fluorescent comes on. I have some floating plants but they are not covering the entire aquarium surface yet. Maybe after they proliferate more it will be better for the fish.

grannyfish 08-21-2012 08:32 PM

After re-reading your info on the sparkling gourami, will they try to eat all the baby red cherry shrimp if the shrimp breed?

Byron 08-22-2012 09:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by grannyfish (Post 1208695)
After re-reading your info on the sparkling gourami, will they try to eat all the baby red cherry shrimp if the shrimp breed?

Probably. Almost all fish will eat anything small enough to fit in its mouth, and crustaceans are a natural food for most fish.

Mikaila31 08-22-2012 10:46 AM

yeah sparklers are great baby shrimp hunters. At least mine were:roll:.

grannyfish 08-22-2012 11:18 AM

Oh well, maybe some will survive by hiding in all the java moss. Thanks again.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2