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Zeetrain 05-17-2010 07:13 PM

Gourami Compatability
I was wondering if Gouramis would be too agressive to have in with guppies. Im thinking about getting maybe a Dwarf Gourami or some other type that doesnt get too big and just wanted to make sure they would be compatable with my guppies.

bettababy 05-18-2010 12:29 AM

That will depend on how large the tank is and how heavily decorated and planted it is. Is it possible to keep a dwarf gourami with guppies... yes, if its done properly and conditions allow it. Large tank, extreme amount of decoration and plants at all levels of the tank, and only 1 gourami and only a few guppies... that could work.

Now, do I suggest such a mixture? No. Chances are better that the gourami will end up killing the guppies one at a time as they invade his territory. Female fancy guppies would stand the better chance than the males because they have better swimming ability due to fin sizes. Dwarf gouramis are aggressive and extremely territorial, and very good swimmers.

Hope that helps.

Zeetrain 05-18-2010 12:43 AM

It does help because I read that they can be territorial towards other Gouramis so I was only gonna have one anyways, but i wasnt sure how they would be with other fish. I read that they did good in communitys. I have a 20 gallon long with 3 male guppies, 2 gold barbs, 1 zebra danio, 1 oto, and some corys.

bettababy 05-18-2010 12:58 AM

I wouldn't risk it with the guppies. The other fish would be fine, but I highly doubt the guppies would have much of a chance once the gourami settled in a bit. The other fish are good enough swimmers and aggressive enough in their own right, to fend off the gourami if need be... but those guppies would be helpless.

Zeetrain 05-18-2010 01:04 AM

Ye aI had a feeling that would be the case. Thanks for your help.

zof 05-18-2010 07:25 PM

I don't mean to hijack but I've kind of had the same question, do you think a dwarf would be ok in a 36 gallon if its planted moderately? Everything I've read has said they should be ok with other peaceful fish just not their own kind....

The following are my fish;
5 platies
2 female fan guppies
1 male fan guppie (no loss if he dies, hes been a bully in the tank since i got him)
2 otos

And if only heavily planted how many plants would you consider heavy? I am going to order plants this week so they will be here next week when I am off... If you look at my aquarium tab you can see its size, its bow front and tall.

Again sorry for hi-jacking and thanks for the input.

bettababy 05-18-2010 10:32 PM

I took a look at your tank photo, and with its current state there is no way I would expect that to work.
If you desire a look at a "heavily" planted tank, take a look at my aquarium photos. My 90 gallon and my 65 gallon would be considered heavily planted, but keep in mind that it also means you would have to cover the 3 areas of the tank, front to back... (upper, middle, lower ranges). What I would call your tank would be "sparsely planted" and wouldn't consider it well planted enough for your list of fish even without the gourami.

Plants are not the only decor that works to create territory. You can also use rock built up into caves, tunnels, etc. along with the plants to create territory.

zof 05-19-2010 12:02 AM

Yea sorry i forgot to mention that is an old picture and I've added a bit since then. I was just hoping you could see the size of it and make a recommendation that would make the fish comfortable as far as plant selection, sorry for not being clear I meant to add that but my mind wandered when I did that post.

bettababy 05-19-2010 12:05 AM

Could you start a new thread for this and pm me the link to it please?
Much appreciated!

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