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The profiles and what I read said that Gourami's are best kept in a male/female pair. I bought a female initially, (less than one week ago) and she was so shy, decided to get a male. Now I'm starting to see he chases her and she sometimes is hiding. I'm wondering if this would change once they get in a larger tank (43 gal), or if I should consider giving one of them up? They are in a temporary 23 gal tank with 4 loaches.

Any thoughts? Would it be better to just keep one? I'm willing to give it some time if thoughts are this chasing is just a temporary thing.

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I had a female/male pair and had to move the male to a different tank, he was always harassing her and this is in a 36 gallon tank, I think you just have to strike it lucky with the right pair otherwise this might happen.
Bummer. I guess I can move one of them to my larger tank, and leave one in the smaller. Can I assume that as an "only" Gourami they won't harrass other fish? I have Dwarf Neon Rainbows in my bigger tank.

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Bummer. I guess I can move one of them to my larger tank, and leave one in the smaller. Can I assume that as an "only" Gourami they won't harrass other fish? I have Dwarf Neon Rainbows in my bigger tank.

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Gourami typically dont like fast fish like rainbows, they stress them out with all their fast swimming. But generally, depending on the tankmate, gouramis arent so bad with other fish (properly compatable) as they are with other gouramis. Unless a shoaling gourami, like sparkling gourami, or the similar, most gouramis are better off solo in my opinion.

If its an option in the larger tank, use a tank divider and house one gourami on each side?
 

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i kept pearl gouramis,i had two females to one male,i found that helped.
 

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Gourami typically dont like fast fish like rainbows, they stress them out with all their fast swimming. But generally, depending on the tankmate, gouramis arent so bad with other fish (properly compatable) as they are with other gouramis. Unless a shoaling gourami, like sparkling gourami, or the similar, most gouramis are better off solo in my opinion.

If its an option in the larger tank, use a tank divider and house one gourami on each side?
Amanda - I should have listened to your advise. You told me one would probably be fine, but I was feeling bad because she was so "shy". Now I'm stuck with what to do -because if I don't put one with the rainbows, and perhaps that wouldn't work because the fast swimming would stress them out, I sure can't get another for such a small tank (23 gal) because that would be 3 total, (with the idea that 3 may be better) and that would be too small. I may have to see if my neighbor want the male, and hope he won't bother her other tetra type fish.

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Amanda - I should have listened to your advise. You told me one would probably be fine, but I was feeling bad because she was so "shy". Now I'm stuck with what to do -because if I don't put one with the rainbows, and perhaps that wouldn't work because the fast swimming would stress them out, I sure can't get another for such a small tank (23 gal) because that would be 3 total, (with the idea that 3 may be better) and that would be too small. I may have to see if my neighbor want the male, and hope he won't bother her other tetra type fish.

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Gourami generally are a slightly shy fish, they arent one that thrives on social interactions like loaches or cories.

Your rainbows are the dwarf neons, right? If so, you might TRY it and see how the gourami reacts. Make sure there are lots of plants (leaving swimming room for the rainbows of course), for the gourami to retreat to if the active swimming is too much for him. Double check the water parameter needs for the rainbows you and and the gourami you have and make sure that its okay to house them together on that front. But if your neighbor wants him its an option, but depended on what type of tetra she has it could go either way (tetras can be active swimmers, and a lot of them are nippers which isnt cool for gouramis).

You did what you felt was right, Gwen. There is no wrong in something not working out as long as we fix the issue and remember it down the road for future reference. :-D
 
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