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While, I am waiting for my tank to cycle I figured I'd use this time to get some suggestions for a community tank with a species or two of gourami's as my main attractions. I have a 30 gallon tank with undergravel filter. I would like opinions that offer alot of color, not too expensive, and entertaining(active swimming or school fish). Right now I will have to settle with about fifteen fish. I will get more eventually after purchasing a power head for my filter. I will appreciate any and all suggestions no idea will be a bad one. Need help because I find it hard to choose due to the fact that I'm really new to the hobby and have not really looked into the many different types and varieties.
 

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I have a 44 gallon that I am cycling right now and when it is done I am going to possiable have 4 Dwarf Gourami, 4 Honey Sunset Gourami, 3 Cory Cats, 6 Harlequin Rasbora Tetra, 6 Black Skirt Tetra, and 6 Buenos Aires Tetra you could maybe do the same thing with a few less fish or with out one of the breeds I choose. They are all compatable as far as there ph, tempature and water hardness needs and are all classified as community fish. I have spent almost all day researching them and they are readly avaliable and none are over $6.00 a fish with the Gouramis being the most expensive. Good luck in your search.
 

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A very smart person on here pointed out to me that the Dwarf Gourami are not a very hardy fish and suggested to me to go with the Pearl Gourami perhaps you would like to check into the Pearl also. Google info on dwarf gourami disease if you would like to verify what he told me. It really is a shame that the dwarf is not as healthy as they use to be because they are such a beautiful fish. Good luck and let me know what you decide and how it turns out.
 

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I have had luck with dwarf gourami in my community tank. I had one that was beautiful and I enjoyed watching him for almost a year so I thought he would enjoy some friends. I added two more and found all three of them dead after two days. Not sure what happened.

I am in the process cycling a new tank right now and I know for sure I want one dwarf. I am interested in what suggestions you guys have as well because I do like gourami!
 

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Hello Gouramikeeper83
I would strongly suggest the Trichogaster leeri, Pearl Gourami. I breed them here for many years and are the only totally peaceful gourami of them all.
I read somewhere else that only one male can be present in the group and I say this a complete nonsense. My 360 litre has at this moment, 10 gorgeous youngsters together.
My breeding tank has always three males and three females and they go along very well, without one occurence of violence; in fact, the colour display is stunning and they "compete" with each other to show the best attire possible.
For me, its the most beautiful of all aquarium fishes, including discus.
Given excelent nutrition, a well balanced aquarium and enough space, they are splendid to see and easy to keep.
Good luck!
John
 

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Ironside I appreciate your help on this subject. I will surely go with a pearl gourami what else would go good with them any suggestions?
 

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Yes. of couse. A long time ago I bred this lovely little beauty, the Colisa chuna and I regret bitterly not beeing able to find true chunas here in Rio de Janeiro to have them again. A real eye-catcher. I don't like big fishes. Leeri's are the upward limit in size. You can try also the Trichogaster pectoralis but they are not as stricking as the other ones. The Colisa lalia and the cobalt blue variety are also very beautiful. They are lovely with a background of tall and strong Vallisnerias.
Hope you have success!
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I'll also go with the pearl gourami, fish I keep mine with and kept with are, 1 rain bow shark,1 pleco,1 dwarf and 2 moonlight gouramis,flame tetras,silver dollars and a black ghost knife fish.Don't keep with fin nippers and molly's:)
 

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Gouramikeeper83, the size of a 30g is a limiting factor to many of the more common gourami species, so bear that in mind. We have profiles of these species, under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. When the name is used the same in posts as in the profile it will shade, example Dwarf Gourami, and you can click it to see that profile. Information on tank sizes, numbers of the fish, and other issues is included in each profile.

In tanks less than 4 feet in length, only one gourami species should be considered. The exception to this is the several very small species (Chocolate, Licorice, Sparkling, etc). Pearl Gourami get largish, so a pair would be it for gourami in a 30g. Males are territorial to other males, and all gourami species males. The dwarf gourami is not a recommended fish unless you know the source, and by this I don't mean the store but the actual breeder. This too is explained in the profile. This may have been the cause for the demise of the other member's fish.

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I actually have a gourami tank and I recommend Kissing gouramis, three spotted gouramis and honey gouramis for the bigger gouramis and dwarf gouramis if you want smaller gouramis
 

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I actually have a gourami tank and I recommend Kissing gouramis, three spotted gouramis and honey gouramis for the bigger gouramis and dwarf gouramis if you want smaller gouramis
Am a little concerned as to why you are suggesting kissing gouramis to this poster for a small tank. When in another thread you are posting you have to get rid of yours as they grow to big for your tank

This is a 30g tank compared to your 60g gourami tank posted in your tank profile.

30g is the minimum tank these fish need and they do best with similar sized fish. With a 30g tank there is not a lot of room for any similar size fish.
 

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Are we thinking the same gourami? Kissing Gourami will attain 12 inches and that means a 4-foot tank at minimum, but preferably larger. They certainly won't work in a 30g.
 

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Gouramikeeper83, the size of a 30g is a limiting factor to many of the more common gourami species, so bear that in mind. We have profiles of these species, under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. When the name is used the same in posts as in the profile it will shade, example Dwarf Gourami, and you can click it to see that profile. Information on tank sizes, numbers of the fish, and other issues is included in each profile.

In tanks less than 4 feet in length, only one gourami species should be considered. The exception to this is the several very small species (Chocolate, Licorice, Sparkling, etc). Pearl Gourami get largish, so a pair would be it for gourami in a 30g. Males are territorial to other males, and all gourami species males. The dwarf gourami is not a recommended fish unless you know the source, and by this I don't mean the store but the actual breeder. This too is explained in the profile. This may have been the cause for the demise of the other member's fish.

Byron.

I agree completely. I believe I got very lucky with my Dwarf Gourami as he is quite healthy. I understand others have not bee so lucky and it might not be worth the risk. This guy might be a cute addition http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/detailed_image.cfm?pCatId=999
 
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