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redlessi 10-30-2009 11:26 AM

stocking question
 
Just wondering if I can have one of each (krib, bolivian ram, dwarf gourami, angel) in my 72 gallon with guppies, platies, danios and cories.

xrayjeeper83 10-30-2009 04:49 PM

Im not sure, but there is a thread that has a link for waht will fit and and how many

Byron 10-31-2009 12:42 PM

Some of your indicated fish will work, but not as single specimens. Both dwarf gouramis and angelfish are social shoaling fish and should be in a small group of 3+ (gouramis) or 5+ (angels). The latter are predatory by nature and will eat or attempt to eat any fish small enough to swallow. Kribs can be kept as a pair or in a small group since you have the space. The Bolivian Ram is suitable as a single fish and will usually not be a problem with other fish.

When shoaling fish are maintained singly, they often develop problems, behavioural or health. It is always wise to maintain fish as close as popssible to their natural preferences. This allows them to feel "comfortaqble" and they will reward you with better health (less stress) and interesting natural behaviours.

Byron.

redlessi 10-31-2009 01:17 PM

Hi Byron, thanks for answering, which fish are predatory the angels or kribs. I thought dwarf gouramis were recommended for 1 or is that just with smaller tanks? I am not interested in breeding any of these so does it matter if the pair is the same sex or not?

Byron 10-31-2009 01:34 PM

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Originally Posted by redlessi (Post 266673)
Hi Byron, thanks for answering, which fish are predatory the angels or kribs. I thought dwarf gouramis were recommended for 1 or is that just with smaller tanks? I am not interested in breeding any of these so does it matter if the pair is the same sex or not?

Angels will eat (or may eat or try to eat) anything small enough to swallow. I haven't found suggestions of kribs being predatory, but peaceful except when spawning.

When a fish is recommended as best in a "pair" that means male and female. Some fish settle in better (the common or blue ram, kribs) as pairs, others are better in small groups of one male to 2-3 females (most of the SA dwarf cichlids are these). Some can be kept in a small group (kribs, angels).

My error on the dwarf gourami, I mis-read it as honey gourami. Yes, a pair is recommended; males can be a bit rough. Also this is a rather quiet and shy fish, not best with more boistrous tankmates. Many of the gouramis are similar in behaviours; I have 7 pygmy sparkling (croaking) gouramis and 6 chocolate gouramis (three each of two related species) in my 70g. Never any fights, but some pushing or shoving by males. I tried to get one male/two females with the chocolates, not sure if I did (certainly have one female, twice she has been mouthbrooding eggs). But they have room, and it is thickly planted. They're all together at feeding times with no squabbles.

Byron.


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