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Tigris 10-21-2012 03:31 PM

Compability
 
How would a single Bolivian ram do with a honey gourami, some kuhlis and ghost shrimp?

Tank is heavily planted
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AK Fresh Water 10-21-2012 03:41 PM

How many gallons? What are your water parameters?

Tigris 10-21-2012 03:59 PM

20 long, Ph 7.0-7.5, water is medium hard ( all the company would say)
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Tigris 10-21-2012 04:18 PM

All I know on hardness is that it is good enough that my kuhlis have been breeding
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Byron 10-21-2012 07:17 PM

Fish should be OK, but remember that the Ram feeds off the substrate so any catfish/loaches may annoy him during feeding and get poked away. As for the shrimp, small ones will likely get eaten by the Ram. Crustaceans are a standard food item for almost all tropical fish in their habitats.

Byron.

Tigris 10-21-2012 07:37 PM

Would it be better to increase the number of honey gouramis? If so how many and does sex matter?

Other options would be appreciated...

Byron 10-22-2012 11:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Tigris (Post 1282435)
Would it be better to increase the number of honey gouramis? If so how many and does sex matter?

Other options would be appreciated...

Honey Gourami are fine in a small group, say 4-5. Best with one male and others female. Like all gourami, the male is territorial.

For other fish, the rasbora work with gourami, as all rasbora are peaceful and not likely to nip fins. Stay with the "medium" ones, the dwarfs in Boraras are tiny and not good with much larger fish like the HG; the species in Trigonostigma for example are ideal (check our profiles, the 3 most common are included). A group of 7 perhaps, in which case you might want to limit the HG to three (again, one male, and two female).

Byron.

Tigris 10-22-2012 11:16 AM

How can I tell the difference on the sex of the HG. With my other gouramis I got luck and got a male and female
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Byron 10-22-2012 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Tigris (Post 1282985)
How can I tell the difference on the sex of the HG. With my other gouramis I got luck and got a male and female
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Our profile has photos and the text describes the difference.


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