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otter 05-06-2013 10:44 AM

Stocking Pearl Gourami?
Hello I am thinking of getting a 55 gallon tank, with a few pearls and a large school of cory cats at the bottom, but I'm not sure how to stock the pearls.
I have heard from a few people that having one male and one female alone can cause problems as the male is a bit aggressive towards her? I'm not sure if this is true, I have also heard of people putting a few females to one male.. say 2- 3 females to one male? Another suggestion was from a tropical fish book I was reading and they suggested to keep them in pairs. Do any of you have any suggestions for me? I cannot find any definite answers when I research them :(

Byron 05-06-2013 11:48 AM

As it mentions in our profile (click the shaded name, Pearl Gourami) a pair is fine provided the female has sufficient space and places to get away from the male. Having 2 females to a male helps, since his attentions will be divided. You have space in a 55g so I would suggest one male and three females. Or two males and 3-4 females should work. Lots of plants to break the tank up, and some floating plants as gourami love to cruise among floating vegetation.


jaysee 05-06-2013 12:03 PM

Agreed - they like the company of their own kind.

otter 05-06-2013 06:22 PM

Great! Thanks guys-- I think I will go with 3 females to one male and get a whole bunch of silk plants for them to hide in.

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