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Diver Down 02-05-2014 08:27 AM

Are Gouramis sociable?
 
I'm considering adding one or more Dwarf Gouramis to a 20-gal tank that presently contains a school of Zebra Danios. Are they compatible?

I'm seeing mixed reports on whether Gouramis (even of the same species) can be housed together without conflicts.

Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Dwarf Gourami Labyrinth Fish says yes, and that a pair (Male/Female?) will swim together.

Trichogaster lalius - The Free Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Encyclopedia Anyone Can Edit - The Aquarium Wiki says no more than one to a tank. This source also claims that much of the available stock come with a fatal and infectious virus (DGIV).

Can anyone comment from experience?

Thank you.

jimscott 02-05-2014 08:35 AM

Both species are sociable and compatible with one another.

SeaHorse 02-05-2014 08:40 AM

Gouramis.... I've tried on several occasions to keep more than 1. Survival of the fittest will be the outcome if the tank is too small and depending on the species and temperament of your 2 G's.
I put 2 PEARL G's in a 75 gallon. Pearls... one of the most docile. And they chased, harassed and fought till one hid himself and died. No tank is big enough if they don't want each other in the same space. And even if you buy them small/babies... you just never know what day it is, how big they need to get before the "event" and fighting happens. Everything was fine... wth happened? They grow, they mature sexually, they sort the pecking order. You just don't know when it's going to happen. That's the problem. So you CAN put 2 together but be prepared to lose one. JMO. (I currently have 3 baby Honey Males in a 10 gallon) The instant the fighting starts one goes into the 75... maybe even 2. But I know what I am up against.

jimscott 02-05-2014 09:41 AM

Fish that are purchased and put together in the same tank at the same time will do better together than fish introduced to a tank with an established pecking order. it's kinda like junior high. There are people who buy a whole tank of saltwater fish, for that reason. By nature, danios and Colisa lalia are 'community tank fish'. On occasion, a given fish may have a domineering / belligerent personality. But that's not the norm for these fish. I have seen a blue gourami bully tankmates. I have seen a angelfish bully its tankmates. Those were the exception to the rule. Adding plants and shale for hiding places also helps. This isn't like putting Barbs in with fancy guppies, where the characteristic behavior of Barbs is to fin nip.

tankman12 02-05-2014 09:56 AM

We'll dwarf gourami are 50-50 some are nice some are not. But putting a m/f pair in a 20g (that isnt planted) is a horrific idea the male will chase and harass the female a lot. You could put 1m/2f in a planted 20g with a lot of hiding spots. Or u could put 3f in the 20g and should not have a prob. But females don't have bright colors. You can put 1m/2f in ur tank and see what happens. Just watch them and have a place to move them to if there is a prob.
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jimscott 02-05-2014 10:05 AM

LOL! When I was a teenager, I used to breed Dwarf Gouramis.... and other Anabantids.

jaysee 02-05-2014 10:14 AM

Are Gouramis sociable?
 
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Originally Posted by tankman12 (Post 3861314)
We'll dwarf gourami are 50-50 some are nice some are not. But putting a m/f pair in a 20g (that isnt planted) is a horrific idea the male will chase and harass the female a lot. You could put 1m/2f in a planted 20g with a lot of hiding spots. Or u could put 3f in the 20g and should not have a prob. But females don't have bright colors. You can put 1m/2f in ur tank and see what happens. Just watch them and have a place to move them to if there is a prob.
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First and foremost, females are almost impossible to find. There ARE places that sell them - I assume you have one by you or else you wouldn't be suggesting the OP get 3 of them. But for the rest of us, they just aren't available. Because if this, there is LIMITED experience available to reference on keeping pairs or trios or whatever. The best account (they journaled it) I saw of someone trying to do what you are suggesting was in a 40 breeder, and the male killed all the females. I've seen WAAAAAAY more tanks with multiple DGs fail than succeed. One of the problems is that people don't recognize it as a failure because there aren't outright attacks. One simply dies. The guy with the 40 breeder was in denial about his tank, even when he was only left with his male.



That all being said, a 20 gallon is a REALLY small tank to attempt to do something like this in. I would absolutely not take these suggestions. If you want more than one go with honey gourami. In addition to actually being peaceful, they don't get the dwarf gourami disease.

jaysee 02-05-2014 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by jimscott (Post 3861026)
Both species are sociable and compatible with one another.


Both species??

jimscott 02-05-2014 10:22 AM

Generally speaking, yes. That's no guarantee that one individual fish, or one individual hobbyist doesn't experience the exception.

jaysee 02-05-2014 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by jimscott (Post 3861530)
Generally speaking, yes. That's no guarantee that one individual fish, or one individual hobbyist doesn't experience the exception.


To which two species are you referring?


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