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finnfinnfriend 02-27-2014 01:35 PM

Question about 3 spot gourami
Here I am asking another controversial question (gotta love me, right? ;) ). Anyway...I have been researching and reading and looking at a lot of pictures and watching a lot of videos, and I honestly and sincerely don't see why I couldn't keep a single three spot gourami by itself in a standard ten gallon tank....Now I know they are capable of reaching 6 inches, and of course I wouldn't put a 6 inch fish in a ten gallon aquarium, but everyone who has kept them for a decent amount of time has said 6 inches is rare and they most likely almost always top out at around 4 inches. So I don't see why I couldn't keep a 4 inch fish all by itself in a ten gallon and have him do well...With hat said I don't plan on actually doing it because if I get one it would have to be added to a larger community...however I just want to know for the sake of knowing...thanks

Sylverclaws 02-27-2014 08:20 PM

Because three-spot gourami's require more space to swim and have territory or they get stressed out and depressed. They also CAN reach larger sizes, so it's not a good idea, always take in the max size as consideration. Besides, keeping even a four inch one in a ten gallon would be pure cruelty. I have one who is four inches, another is five inches...the four inch one, have you seen them as adults in real life, not on photos or videos? They're not small, they're fairly thick! If you see one, you will see why it's bad to keep them in smaller tanks. They -need- space to swim right, they're not like male bettas who more often than not will hold still and be slow...(though yes, some are quite active). You don't want to keep them in anything smaller than 25 gallons, and that's for a single little loner. In a ten gallon he or she would swim a couple inches then have to turn around, not a pleasant life for an active fish.

finnfinnfriend 02-27-2014 09:14 PM

Oh okay, that makes sense :). I have seen them in person but idk what size tank they were in and I wasn't able to compare them to any tank sizes...why 25 gallons? it looks like a 15 gallon is as long as a 25 why not a 15 gallon?

Sylverclaws 02-27-2014 10:42 PM

Even if they're as long, they're not as wide. Space is what you want with these guys. They're thick, they're long, and they like a good sized territory. 25 gallons is a -minimum- though I personally wouldn't have them in anything smaller than 40 gallons. That's my personal preference though, but the minimum requirement to keep one happy and healthy is 25 gallons. Minimums are...well, minimums, good enough to keep them alive in and have some space, but not much.

If you want a three-spot, don't go smaller on the tanks, go bigger. If you really don't want to set up your larger tank, you can have the smaller honey or a dwarf gourami in a fifteen gallon alone a lot easier than you can a three-spot.

finnfinnfriend 02-27-2014 10:55 PM

No, actually, they are the same with...the 25 is just taller..

Edit: I actually might be able to set up my 29 gallon now! But that again is the same width as the 15, 20, and 25 gallon...

Sylverclaws 02-27-2014 11:58 PM

So then it's a tall over long tank? If it's the same width and length as a normal 15 gallon, you may want to reconsider, they need longer tanks over tall ones, or normal sized ones. The difference in the normal made ones is usually width.

You DO want the fish to be able to swim, right? It has to have space for it's bulk to fit and for it to swim around. They're not the most active fish in the world or anything, but they do love a good swim across a long space.

I mean it can work, but it'll be tight for him. .-. He or she will probably be pretty bored. ^^;

finnfinnfriend 02-28-2014 12:30 AM

No lol standard 25 gallon tanks are just proportionately taller...that's why I was confused about your recommendation...
Have you had both your gouramis for the same amount of time? How long have you had them? Does one sex tend to get bigger than the other?

jimscott 02-28-2014 10:11 AM

Why not a 30 gallon long tank?

finnfinnfriend 02-28-2014 10:25 AM

Well the thing is, I already have a 29 gallon that is not in use /:
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jimscott 02-28-2014 10:26 AM

Go with it!

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