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post #1 of 5 Old 12-26-2017, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Would Gouramis be a good idea in my tank?

Since my last Cichlid passed a couple of months back (RIP Bumblebee), I've kept my 55 gallon aquarium at a community stand-still with only 3 Corydoras and 1 16-inch Plecostomus.

I've always been a sucker for pretty colors and, while window shopping in PetSmart, some Kissing and Dwarf Gouramis really caught my eye. Although I was desperate for some bright colors in my aquarium, I didn't want to throw a type of fish into my tank with no knowledge whatsoever of how they would do with the fish already there and the overall parameters.

I suppose my question is,
  • What parameters would a Gourami need to be comfortable in my tank?
  • Would a Gourami require any specific decorations/accessories (such as live plants, hiding spots, etc)?
  • Would these parameters be safe for my current fish?
  • Will a Gourami's behavior be passive enough that they won't harm my current fish?
  • What are the best ways to maintain my tank, should a Gourami and my current fish be compatible with one another and each other?
  • How many Gouramis would be safe and comfortable in my size tank with my current fish?
  • Would it be wise to add certain other types of fish alongside Gouramis? If so, how many and what kind?

I'm sorry for such a long list, I have just heard some pretty awful stories of fish owners having trouble with Gouramis growing ill and dying out of nowhere and want to be absolutely sure I can prevent any stress or opportunity for disease in my current fish and fish to come.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-26-2017, 06:25 PM
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Id say your pretty much stocked with the large, armoured poop machine - aka the pleco. I would seriously suggest rehoming it to a larger tank (thats at least 20 inches wide sp it can turn around in thr aquarium) and look into some of the more size appropiate plecos like bristlenose, clowns or rubbernose.

After that, you could look into getting other fish imo :)

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post #3 of 5 Old 12-26-2017, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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How big would you suggest for my Pleco? I only have one other 55 gallon tank. Would there be someplace to rehome him to that wouldn't make him an invasive species?
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-26-2017, 06:38 PM
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I would go at least a 75g (same footprint as a 55g, but wider) but for quality of life, I'd say at least a 125g or so (bigger is always better).

Never release fish into the wild, since they can become invasive and threaten native fish populations. Likewise, aquarium fish come into contact with diseases and illnesses that can cause damage once introduced into your native waterways. Best bet would be for a LFS to take him in, potentially swapping with a smaller pleco (of a different species!). Another good idea would be to post post an ad online, and find a potentual adoptee to rehome him too - you can choose the person that will give your little (big) guy a loving home.

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-26-2017, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Alright! Thank you so much for your advice!
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