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bew0721 08-20-2013 11:06 AM

Which fish? Adding new tankmates?
 
I have a 55 gallon bowfront tank with 1 Raphael cat(full grown-8-10inches), 2 corys(full grown- 4 inches), 2 bumble bee cats(full grown- 3 inches), 1 blue gourami (full grown- 6 inches), 1 pair of turquoise rainbows(still growing-at 3 inches), and some otos(tiny guys-big appetites). My question is what other fish could I put in this tank? I would love to have some more middle or top swimmers, but I'm having trouble finding something tough enough to withstand the gourami's attitude. She rules the tank. Also, will need something big enough not to be lunch for my Raphael cat. Any suggestions on possible tankmates would be helpful?

spreadtoothinly 08-20-2013 11:56 AM

Well, for one you should up the cory numbers, probably up to somewhere around five. Other than that, I can't help you.
Good luck!

newtchaplin 08-20-2013 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by bew0721 (Post 2843186)
I have a 55 gallon bowfront tank with 1 Raphael cat(full grown-8-10inches), 2 corys(full grown- 4 inches), 2 bumble bee cats(full grown- 3 inches), 1 blue gourami (full grown- 6 inches), 1 pair of turquoise rainbows(still growing-at 3 inches), and some otos(tiny guys-big appetites). My question is what other fish could I put in this tank? I would love to have some more middle or top swimmers, but I'm having trouble finding something tough enough to withstand the gourami's attitude. She rules the tank. Also, will need something big enough not to be lunch for my Raphael cat. Any suggestions on possible tankmates would be helpful?

Is the Gourami male or female? what kind of cory's do you have?

newtchaplin 08-20-2013 01:53 PM

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Originally Posted by bew0721 (Post 2843186)
I have a 55 gallon bowfront tank with 1 Raphael cat(full grown-8-10inches), 2 corys(full grown- 4 inches), 2 bumble bee cats(full grown- 3 inches), 1 blue gourami (full grown- 6 inches), 1 pair of turquoise rainbows(still growing-at 3 inches), and some otos(tiny guys-big appetites). My question is what other fish could I put in this tank? I would love to have some more middle or top swimmers, but I'm having trouble finding something tough enough to withstand the gourami's attitude. She rules the tank. Also, will need something big enough not to be lunch for my Raphael cat. Any suggestions on possible tankmates would be helpful?

How big is your Ralphael catfish? The reason why I ask is that your cory's, and bubble bee cats will be in danger when the ralph cat gets bigger, saying that it is a small ralph right now.
With that said you asked what other fish would go with your setup and this is what I came up with. African Butterfly fish 4", Elephant fish 9", Rosy barbs 6" (schooling), or Denison barbs 4 1/2"(schooling). Now if your gourami is a male some of these fish would not work.

If you live in the Ottawa area I can trade you a female 3 spotted gourami for your male, if it is a male. Females work better if you want to have a community tank, much more passive. They get along with most other fish even male betta's.

bew0721 08-21-2013 08:33 AM

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The gourami is a female. The Raphael cat is still small enough not to pose a threat to the other cats. I do plan on moving him to a bigger tank in the future(will be a few months down the road though). Out of work now and having to wait on the new tank.:-(

This may be a dumb question, but I've never kept cichlids, so I really don't have a clue.... I've heard of people keeping certain species of cichlids in their tropical tanks with their catfish. Is this even possible? Are there any cichlids that would co-exist with a gourami? I've always heard that the cichlids are super aggressive. Especially, the Africans. Any info. would be helpful.

spreadtoothinly 08-21-2013 09:04 AM

AFRICAN cichlids are mostly too aggressive to keep with ANY other fish. The exception being shell dwellers that are too small to do any damage. However, there are some cichlids that you can keep, the Germal Blue Ram and Bollivian Ram are dwarf cichlids that are wonderful additions.

BUT if anyone contradicts me, I am wrong, I shouldn't even be posting this...


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