Help with stocking a 20 gallon ( Dwarf Gourami)
I would like to have 3 dwarf gourami, 1 male, and 2 female in my 20 gallon tank. But I am not sure whether they would fair well in this group, or in a sexed pair only.
And also, I need some suggestions for tankmates for them :)
If you click on the shaded name Dwarf Gourami it will pop up the profile for this species, and in there it mentions that keeping this fish in a sexed pair (male/female) is best unless the tank is large enough for a small group, which a 20g is not. The profile also mentions the difference between male and female, and there is a photo too.
Tankmates noted in the profile need to be fairly quiet and sedate, with any gourami, so active swimmers are out. The medium-sized rasbora like Trigonostigma hengeli, Trigonostigma espei, or Trigonostigma heteromorpha all work well, a small group of 7-9 of one of these species. For the substrate, a group of 5-6 of one of the dwarf species of loach--two in the profiles are Dwarf Loach and Banded Dwarf Loach--would be nice, or a group of one or two species of corydoras.
Would the mosquito rasbora be a good choice to go with two Gouramis and a small group of Corys? I couldn't find anything in the profiles on its activity level.
The Trigonostigma species really are ideal with these medium gourami, such as the dwarf, honey, chocolate, pearl, and even blue.
I have a group of 10 B. maculatus now in my 33g with a group of Nannostomus mortenthaleri, Paracheirodon simulans, and the dwarf loach and banded dwarf loach. Well over a year now, which really pleases me for the Boraras as they are extremely delicate fish and not always easy to maintain. I only put them in this tank when I acquired them because I had the Boraras brigittae in another tank and didn't want to combine them for the reason mentioned in the profile. I wasn't expecting trouble, but the pencilfish was something of an unknown as this is the first time I've had them but the two groups are frequently together as when feeding, and seem to regard each other as family.:-)
Congratulations on keeping them going great :D
I think I'll go with the harlequin. I would choose the dwarf loaches, but I think my gravel is just a tad too large for them.
Here is a guestimate of what my 20 gallon will look like when I get the fish in about a week or so :P I know everything is sized horribly, my 20 gallon is not this small XD
That should work very nicely.:-D B.
Thank you ^_^ I'm also pretty happy, because the tank is completely cycled ^_^ Ready for everybody! now
* Sits for the long wait for the expensive prettys to get here*
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