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Old 08-07-2012, 08:48 AM   #11
 
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Honey gourami for small to medium size tank's,or Pearl gourami for larger tank's would be my choice.
They are fairly hardy, and said not to be affected by iridovirus that all species/variant's of Colisa Ialia are.
I actually have read that some suggest ,as many as 40 percent of the imported Colisa Ialia are prone to the virus and would not waste my money on them.
Honey gourami is hardier and good choice, and Pearl Gourami I have kept have lived for up to eight /ten year's with good care.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:07 AM   #12
 
That's encouraging indeed, NK. How long have you had your powder-blue and flame-red? Also, what kind are the females? What is the experience when buying online. Will they be OK with temperature changes during transporting long distance? Thants
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:12 AM   #13
 
@1077: 8-10 yrs! That must be a record! Way to go! I have 25 gal, low - moderately planted (will add more & plants are doing well..). Is this too small for a Pearl Gourami. preferably a pair (if I could find a female)? Currently, I have rasboras (7) and cardinals (12).....
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:26 AM   #14
 
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@1077: 8-10 yrs! That must be a record! Way to go! I have 25 gal, low - moderately planted (will add more & plants are doing well..). Is this too small for a Pearl Gourami. preferably a pair (if I could find a female)? Currently, I have rasboras (7) and cardinals (12).....
25 gallon's would in my view be too small for the Pearl Gourami.
Most literature on the Pearl Gourami does suggest, that they can live up to ten year's with good care.
My sister actually had a pair of pearl's for about four year's before she moved goldfish into their tank (50 gal).
When I suggested that the fish don't share same temp requirement's,,she gave them to me and I kept them for close to four year's .
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:34 AM   #15
 
Thanks. That's what I reckoned too. I would really like a gourami (or pair) for our tank. Been thinking of powder-blue, but have been hesitant, in view of disease prone nature...
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:02 AM   #16
 
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I still wouldn't risk getting another DG. I'm converted..lol. I think everyone who cares about fish keeping should stop buying them to low the demand so that the breeders may take another look at their practices.

I'm assuming I'd have to wait at least a good while before getting another DG anyways because the virus is probably still in my water column.

So, a honey gourami would be an OK option to add to my tank? I'm thinking of getting a honey gourami or a Bolivian ram. Can't really think of anything else that I could get that would be OK being alone in the tank. I am worried about these fish possibly eating my amano shrimp.. though my DG left them alone (and he ate my ghost shrimp).
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:08 AM   #17
 
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That's encouraging indeed, NK. How long have you had your powder-blue and flame-red? Also, what kind are the females? What is the experience when buying online. Will they be OK with temperature changes during transporting long distance? Thants
I had the grumpy "Big Blue" Powder Blue DG for almost a year before moving him to a friends house. I forgot to mention that he was housed in a 20g with a flame / fire red and he literally ate him completely. Hes been at a friends house for close to six months now and doing great.

As for purchasing online, I believe its the way to go. Ive received better quality every time versus buying at petco. Every site ive ordered from ships over night and you usually get them by noon the next day. Ive probably bought 60+ fish and shrimp online and ive only had 1 peppered cory and 1 blue eye gertrudes rainbow DOA (5$ maybe?). Shipping is usually $30 minimum but its well worth it as they're packed in coolers and double / tripled bagged.

Female DG's are very drab in color and usually smaller. You CAN see the difference on the females with the color varieties so you'll know if its a female neon, powder, red...etc. I attached a pic of one of my males with two females. Dont mind the algae, my otos are on the way!
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:09 AM   #18
 
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I still wouldn't risk getting another DG. I'm converted..lol. I think everyone who cares about fish keeping should stop buying them to low the demand so that the breeders may take another look at their practices.

I'm assuming I'd have to wait at least a good while before getting another DG anyways because the virus is probably still in my water column.

So, a honey gourami would be an OK option to add to my tank? I'm thinking of getting a honey gourami or a Bolivian ram. Can't really think of anything else that I could get that would be OK being alone in the tank. I am worried about these fish possibly eating my amano shrimp.. though my DG left them alone (and he ate my ghost shrimp).
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I would give the Honey gourami a go. Am doubtful it would bother the Amano's but could not say the same for the Bolivian ram's.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:11 AM   #19
 
Im sorry I didnt see you post about the shrimp until now. Just wanted to say my gouramis have never touched my cherry red or ghost shrimp. They actual swim very close to each other and coexist peacefully. However, I have no experience with the regular full size gouramis. Only the DG.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:18 AM   #20
 
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I will have to see what the LFS has in stock. They've got electric blue rams for sale now that are so pretty, but I don't want to keep my tank that warm again. :/

I had originally been debating on a honey vs dwarf, so I let my little cousin pick. The (sort of) funny part it that he named the DG Bob cause he said he'd Bob when he dies... it's like he already knew. Ugh.

My LFS has kept Bolivian Rams in the tank with Amano shrimp.. but they're large amano shrimp, and they seem to be young rams since they're like the same size of the GBRs usually.

I was leaning towards the ram to try to avoid giving another fish the virus, but if they honey should be OK I may go that route if they've got them in stock.
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