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Mapboy 07-26-2011 11:14 AM

Compatibility Question
I used to have two separate fish tanks that looked like this:

1) small tank: two guppys (red and yellow)
2) large tank: powder blue dwarf gourami, red platy, 2 neon tetras (lost one to sickness) and 3 rasboras.

I just added the two guppys into the larger tank to save desk space.

Should there be a problem with the guppys in the larger tank with those other fish?
Right now they are swimming at the top, but I only added them less than 5 minutes ago.

Thank you and I know that I should have more neon & rasbora, I am in the process of doing so.

Update: The guppys are still at the top of the tank, but the platy seems to be "following" them by swimming right to the side of them. Is that behavior normal?

Byron 07-26-2011 06:22 PM

I don't see any real issue. The platy is probably curious; I frequently observe fish swimming close to or along with new fish of another species.

Christople 07-26-2011 07:16 PM

wouldn't the dourami attack the guppies

Byron 07-26-2011 07:23 PM


Originally Posted by Christople (Post 752335)
wouldn't the dourami attack the guppies

I had thought about that actually. Betta will, it is the bright colouraton. And larger gourami would. A dwarf gourami might be OK. But I will readily defer to anyone with contrary experience.

I was in a fish store last week, and stopped in front of a tank containing 5 or 6 Blue Gourami [actually, there were 2 "blue" and 2 "gold" and 2 "opaline" but they are all the same species]. Three neon tetra were also in the tank, and I thought, that's not a safe combination. I had scarcely "thought" that before two of the gourami closed in on the neons and within about 10 seconds one neon was completely digested by two gourami; a tiny fragment of skeleton drifted to the substrate. One of the gourami then turned and eyed and then lunged at another neon. I called the clerk over and she said the neons had jumped over from the adjoining tank, which I had assumed was the case. This points out why I keep saying, no large gourami with small fish.

Christople 07-26-2011 07:26 PM

yepp, very true

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