cherry barbs harassing swordtails
I have had 6 cherry barbs in my new 29 for a couple days and today I added 3 swordtails (1m/2f) and a few of my cherries are aggressively chasing the females. They already chase after each other, I figure that's fine, many fish within the same shoal do, but chasing my swords, should I be worried? Will it continue or can I expect it to stop once they get used to them (they're new, added today as I said). I want to add kuhli's and opaline gouramis but now I don't know what to do since my cherries are aggressive.
Think carefully about adding Opaline Gourami's. You'll have aggression problems for sure, in my opinion :)
Problem is resolved. Somehow the cherries decided to leave them alone now.
I want to add a gourami of some sort, I'll be sure to have a backup plan case it doesn't work tho.
Adding more cherry barb will help keep them at bay with new fish being added, and just makes the barbs feel better anyways as they like the large group.
Kuhlis are pretty cool loaches, my hubby thinks they look like little walruses in the face and how they use their front fins to sift sand, and of course their whiskers. Not a good choice with any gourami though. Gourami, especially the blue gourami (or gold or opaline...same thing, different color). All gourami require slow moving water, calm sedate tankmates, and plenty of floating plants for security. They can also be very shy at times. I just recently re-homed my very large female opaline gourami due to her intense shyness, and I didnt realize what a high bioload this type of gourami put on a tank, big pooper! I had my gourami in my 29g, but that is when my kuhlis were in the 15g prior to my purchase of my trio of dwarf puffers... point is, the cherry barb make good tankmates for gourami. And with gourami, as Gwen mentioned, they can be aggressive. If you skip the kuhlis and get an opaline gourami, make sure its a female, as you will be less likely to have the aggression issues. Honey gourami I hear are nicer and easier to deal with (still need floating plants, calm water, and sedate tankmates), however with ANY species of gourami that can fit in your tank, kuhlis wont be compatible due to their high energy. And of course, that tank size can only support ONE opaline or blue gourami.
I must say, this is the best post I could have come across considering it concerns my currently stocked species, and my previous stocked species. Hope I helped.
Thanks for your helpful post. I love your 29. I'll probably get 3 more cherries when I go look at gouramis this weekend. Sound like that way I can avoid future aggression issues. I will skip on the kuhlis...however I wish I knew of a bottom dweller that is compatible with the gold gourami.
Cories are decent choices for a bottom dweller, but skip on the more hyper Emerald Catfish (green cory), as they will aggravate the gourami. Another choice, if you keep your tank temp at or below 79F, is a whiptail catfish, be advised though that the whiptail does have a larger bioload than say a cory, but not as large of a bioload as a pleco. And small plecos that would work in a 29g are bristlenoses and clowns... with the clowns it is mandatory to have real wood in the tank for them to rasp on, I found out the hard way.
Julii Cory, or what is sold as Julii and is usually Leopard Cory, works nicely with the gourami, as they are pretty docile and stay under 3 inches. Habrosus I wouldnt recommend with gourami though (thats the salt and pepper cory). For the cories' sake though, make sure you have around 5-6 of them in a group, especially the julii or leopard cory. Anything labled green cory, or emerald cory will have the potential to reach 4 inches, and are much higher activity level than other cories...I use to have 4. I also use to have albino cory, julii/leopard cory, habrosus cory, and others.
The nice thing about housing blue gourami (or gold) with the cherry barb is they have some of the same security needs. With a larger group of cherry barb, baffled filter outflow if using an HOB, and floating plants along with plants and hiding decor, cherry barb are awesome fish. With the larger groups where you can get a good ratio of males and females, the males turn the most amazing and deep red to show off for the females, a sight you can only truly get and appreciate when all their needs are met. I have 5 females and 4 males in my cherry barb group, and I have some of the most beautiful colored males I have EVER seen! I always get compliments on them by friends who see my tank. And my barbs are nice to all new fish in the large group, didnt even care when I add the kuhlis, rasboras, or the betta last month when I re-arranged stock in my tanks!!!
Good luck, and let me know if you need any help with your fishies!
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