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Hi, I'm a beginner so I may be way off here but would the following be ok in a 65 litre (17 US gallons) tank?

2 honey gourami
6 cardinal tetra
4 peppered cory

PH 7.2. DH 11.8. Gravel substrate.
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Thank you. What if we had 2 honey gourami and 6 neons? Do you have any suggestions for any other combinations at all? Doesn't need to include any of the fish I've mentioned but I'm hoping to be able to have a pair of fish and then a school if possible (and if there is space left, some sort of bottom dweller, shrimp maybe if nothing else would be appropriate). But I'd be grateful on any combination suggestions at all. The tank is for my 2 young kids so I'm trying to figure out what works and what wouldn't so that I can let them have some say in the choice of fish but with me being able to guide them in the right direction. The tank hasn't been cycling very long so still have a few weeks to research fish!
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You can't keep multiple gourami in a tank that small. With a single honey gourami, 6 cardinals and 5 panda cories I'd say you'd do fine. You just need to watch your parameters and make sure you keep up with maintenance.

ETA - How are you cycling your tank and do you have a liquid test kit?
 

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You can't keep multiple gourami in a tank that small. With a single honey gourami, 6 cardinals and 5 panda cories I'd say you'd do fine. You just need to watch your parameters and make sure you keep up with maintenance.

ETA - How are you cycling your tank and do you have a liquid test kit?
Thanks for the replies.

Yeah I've got the liquid test kit, I'm cycling with ammonia and when it's complete will still stock slowly.
Are there any other fish that you would recommend instead of gourami that we could have as a pair, or a singular, just so I can give my kids some other options?
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Tetras usually only nip when kept in insufficient groups. With such a small shoal, I have to retract my betta suggestion unless you get a short-tail variety such as a king, plakat or a female. I apologize for that.
 

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Thanks for the reply again. Are there any other fish you would suggest to go with a beta? Also, I saw Siamese fighting fish at our local aquatic centre, are they bettas or are they a totally separate fish?

If it was your tank what would you put in there?
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With 1 betta, 6 cardinals and 6 panda cories, I would not add anything else but maybe a nerite snail. Siamese Fighting Fish and Bettas are the same thing.

If I were you, I would do the following stock -
1 Honey Gourami
6 Cardinal Tetras
6 Panda Cories
 

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You can't keep multiple gourami in a tank that small. With a single honey gourami, 6 cardinals and 5 panda cories I'd say you'd do fine. You just need to watch your parameters and make sure you keep up with maintenance.

ETA - How are you cycling your tank and do you have a liquid test kit?
This size of tank is often recommended for a pair (or even small group) of Honeys as they tend to 'show' better in numbers.
 

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I don't recommend it what-so-ever. I wouldn't put multiple gourami in a tank under 3ft and you still have to get a proper group and m/f ratio. I would never suggest a beginner try putting multiple gourami together.
 

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Thanks RSVBiffer, what would you recommend I put with a pair of honey Gourami? And are there any other fish I should consider instead of gourami? What would you have?

I just want to research as many acceptable combinations as possible in order to give my kids more freedom to choose the fish.
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Thanks Flint, we are complete beginners so I really don't want to push our luck with the fish, I really want the fish to be happy and healthy. Does anyone have any suggestions on a pair that would work in a 65 litre tank?
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Well if I was after a pair of something I would be looking at killifish (you would have to be careful about which species but there is a huge choice) as I am well into these at the moment and they seem to be making a bit of a comeback. Full of colour and full of character. But you have a virtually endless choice. I would select a species that really grabs you and then build everything else around that.
 

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Thank you, I do like the look of killifish. Think I need to take my boys to the aquatic center and see what they like the look of then do some research based on that. Thanks for the advice.
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