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GwenInNM 05-19-2011 06:54 PM

Gourami's with . . . ????
 

I need help with this. I have a 23 gal flat back hex aquarium. I have one male Opaline (blue) Gourami with 3 oto cats. I want to put something else in the tank, but do worry about the Gourami's aggressiveness. Could I put a school of 7-8 Cardinal tetras? Someone suggested to me Cherry Barbs, but I'm not really that interested in them. I'm open to ideas??? I appreciate members previous experiences to help.

Thanks!

Gwen

Byron 05-20-2011 10:04 AM

In our profile it suggests the more robust barbs and loaches as tankmates for the Blue Gourami. The problem with the medium/large gourami is that they have the habit of becoming nasty as they age, some moreso, others less. Barbs are generally speaking "robust" by comparison to tetra and rasbora. Danio might also work, although their increased activity level might disturb the gourami.

As you have the space, have a look at the Black Ruby Barb. This is quite an attractive fish.

GwenInNM 05-21-2011 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 678795)
In our profile it suggests the more robust barbs and loaches as tankmates for the Blue Gourami. The problem with the medium/large gourami is that they have the habit of becoming nasty as they age, some moreso, others less. Barbs are generally speaking "robust" by comparison to tetra and rasbora. Danio might also work, although their increased activity level might disturb the gourami.

As you have the space, have a look at the Black Ruby Barb. This is quite an attractive fish.

Thanks Byron. Do you think my 23 gal is big enough for that fish? Looks like in the profile it says 30" min as they are active swimmers? Mine is 30 inches along the back, but is a hex type. So you do think Cardinal tetras are out? I have loaches in my other tank, don't really want to put loaches in this smaller tank. What about small catfish types of fish? I think with the Gourami I have, fish that are more out of his line of sight might work, such as those on the bottom or near the bottom.

Gwen

Byron 05-21-2011 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by GwenInNM (Post 679410)
Thanks Byron. Do you think my 23 gal is big enough for that fish? Looks like in the profile it says 30" min as they are active swimmers? Mine is 30 inches along the back, but is a hex type. So you do think Cardinal tetras are out? I have loaches in my other tank, don't really want to put loaches in this smaller tank. What about small catfish types of fish? I think with the Gourami I have, fish that are more out of his line of sight might work, such as those on the bottom or near the bottom.

Gwen

I think I was thinking for some reason that this was a larger tank, but no matter...I think the Black Ruby Barb is OK in a group of 7 with the gourami. And substrate fish are fine, one of the smaller loach species, not the Botia kubotai you have, they get too big--I had my five (which are only 3 inches so far) in the 3-foot 33g temporarily while the 90g was being overhauled, and they were not happy, nor did they look right. Other small catfish would also work. Whiptail Catfish would be good here, as they also graze algae; larger Corydoras species, one of the smaller Hypancistrus (pleco) species, etc.

Christople 05-21-2011 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by GwenInNM (Post 679410)
Thanks Byron. Do you think my 23 gal is big enough for that fish? Looks like in the profile it says 30" min as they are active swimmers? Mine is 30 inches along the back, but is a hex type. So you do think Cardinal tetras are out? I have loaches in my other tank, don't really want to put loaches in this smaller tank. What about small catfish types of fish? I think with the Gourami I have, fish that are more out of his line of sight might work, such as those on the bottom or near the bottom.

Gwen

Cardinals NEED soft and acidic water


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