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I am new to keeping fish. Have not had a tank since my gold fish when I was like 10. We have set up a 55 gal tank and have 2 blue "three spot" gouramis in both appear to be female from what I have read. We are now ready to add some more fish to the tank but are unsure of what will work best. Any help?

Oh my boyfriend has had tanks before but just never had gourami he normally kept Oscars.
 

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We have set up our 55 gal tank and have 2 blue "three spot" Gouramis, any suggestions on what other fish we can put with them? I believe both are female they both have shorter rounded dorsal fins.

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Hi there first welcome to the forum. I have never kept the type of gourami that you have so I would like to suggest that you go to our profile tab at the top and go under the Anabantids section and find the type you have to see what it suggest. Good luck with your tank and enjoy!
 

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Hi there first welcome to the forum. I have never kept the type of gourami that you have so I would like to suggest that you go to our profile tab at the top and go under the Anabantids section and find the type you have to see what it suggest. Good luck with your tank and enjoy!
Thank you for your suggestions I went under the tab and looked it mentioned quieter barbs, which qualify as quieter? I have looked at some tiger barbs they have at the store here.
 

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I would not go with tiger barbs unless you do at least 8-10 of them and have lots of plants/driftwood/decor. I have a honey gourami, tiger barbs, and serpia tetra in a 44 gallon tank and they are all fine together. The gourami stays at the top with the floating plants, and the barbs and tetras stay in the rest of the tank and often swim around together.
 

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Hi I have a gold tree spot gourami and good tank mates are mollies and other fish of that nature but whatever you do dont buy dwarf gouramis they might get bullied until they are forced into a corner my dwarf got bullied and fins nipped but eventually he got all aggressive and even chased my 4 inch giant sailfin molly
 

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Knowing your water parameters will help us suggest suitable fish. Also, if you check our profile of the Blue Gourami [this is actually the same species, there are several different varieties] it suggests suitable tankmates. Click the shaded name to see the profile.

Edit: After posting, I noticed a second thread on this same issue, so I have combined them to keep everyone's responses together.

I would not recommend Tiger Barb with any gourami, ever. While some may "get along" as Amanda's appear to be doing, this is not the ordinary. TB are by nature quite feisty and more aggressive than most other barb species. The long fins of the sedate blue gourami are too much of a temptation. "Peaceful" barb such as the Black Ruby Barb [this closely resembles the Tiger in pattern but is more colourful] or the Cherry Barb should work better. The tank setup is important, as the environment can often determine the fish's behaviour.

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Hi everyone thanks for the great suggestions, when I got off work on Friday, i purchased 2 Dwarf Gouramis and 1 pleco. They all are getting along fine. On Saturday my boyfriend went back to the store and to my surprise came back with 5 tiger barb. So far everyone is getting along great there is no bullies yet that I can see. We have also put in some live plants with the rest of our decor/driftwood. They have plenty of room since it's a 55 gal tank, but was not sure how much more we would be ok to add. We both really like angles but were not sure if they wold do well with what we have in the tank so far. I am also hoping that the Tiger Barb do not start to nip my gouramis, I did not see the post on that till this morning, but at least so far so good!
 

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if you end up keeping the tiger barbs, get some more. they are far better in larger groups. i started with 5 and had a lot of problems, i now have 9 and everything is good. and remember, just because things start out ok does not mean that will last. if i had a bigger tank, i'd get more tigers to make them even less likely to get mean again.
 

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yes we really enjoy the Tiger Barbs we will probably be getting a few more, as long as we have enough room in out tank
 

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i have a three spot gourami with a red tailed shark and they are great together. also red tailed sharks are beautiful fish with great personalities
 

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Hi,
I am new to keeping fish. Have not had a tank since my gold fish when I was like 10. We have set up a 55 gal tank and have 2 blue "three spot" gouramis in both appear to be female from what I have read. We are now ready to add some more fish to the tank but are unsure of what will work best. Any help?

Oh my boyfriend has had tanks before but just never had gourami he normally kept Oscars.
I have (1) Gold male, (1) Gold female, (1) Opaline female & (2) Pearl females in a 36 gallon bowfront. I have (3) Albino Corries, (2) Otocinclus Cats, (6) Cherry Barbs, (4) Von Rio Tetras, and (2) Lemon Tetras. I added the Tetras yesterday & so far no problems. The male Gold is very aggressive towards the females but he usually hides in the decorations. He never hurts them but he chases them away from the top sometimes.

I really like the Cherry Barbs if you want to add color, just make sure you add them in pairs. It's really easy to distinguish male & female. Males get a very bright red while the females are brown & orange striped with pinkish fins. The males look like little red sharks & they only get around 2 inches long. Cherry Barbs are probably the smallest, most peaceful of all Barbs I've seen. They hang around the bottom of the tank mostly. PetCo had a small selection for $1 each while I paid $2 each for a better selection at PetSmart.

Von Rio Tetras are very colorful too and I got mine from PetCo for $1 each. They should be in groups of 6 or more and I can't tell if they're male or female yet. They swim in pretty tight formation & are a great schooling fish for the Gouramis since they aren't known to be nippers like Tiger Barbs for instance. These Von Rios are silver faced with a sort of flame yellow to red in the rear. They swim all around the tank at all levels. What's very interesting is that they sometimes school along with the Lemon Tetras & even the Cherry Barbs.

Hope this helps! :)
 

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Thank you for your suggestions I went under the tab and looked it mentioned quieter barbs, which qualify as quieter? I have looked at some tiger barbs they have at the store here.
DO NOT ADD TIGER BARBS! I have personal experience with this! I added a small school of 5 Tigers and they were only .75 of an inch yet they nipped at the Gouramis pec fins relentlessly!!! Tiger Barbs should only be kept with Tiger Barbs and even then they sometimes go after each other................
 

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Hi I have a gold tree spot gourami and good tank mates are mollies and other fish of that nature but whatever you do dont buy dwarf gouramis they might get bullied until they are forced into a corner my dwarf got bullied and fins nipped but eventually he got all aggressive and even chased my 4 inch giant sailfin molly
My Gold Gourami male chased my Sailfin Moilly in my son's 20 gallon to the point where I had to get another tank for the male Three Spot. I wouldn't recommend Three Spots with Mollys...................
 

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Hi everyone thanks for the great suggestions, when I got off work on Friday, i purchased 2 Dwarf Gouramis and 1 pleco. They all are getting along fine. On Saturday my boyfriend went back to the store and to my surprise came back with 5 tiger barb. So far everyone is getting along great there is no bullies yet that I can see. We have also put in some live plants with the rest of our decor/driftwood. They have plenty of room since it's a 55 gal tank, but was not sure how much more we would be ok to add. We both really like angles but were not sure if they wold do well with what we have in the tank so far. I am also hoping that the Tiger Barb do not start to nip my gouramis, I did not see the post on that till this morning, but at least so far so good!
The Tiger Barbs will eventually nip at the long feelers of the Gouramis, it's inevitable. The Gouramis will chase them back to their school & then the nipping starts all over again. I had to return my Tiger Barbs.....................
 

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Before I had a clue what I was doing (still learning something new all the time) I started a 60 gallon tank out with a handful of Tiger Barbs and 4 Gourami (2 blue, 2 Gold) I soon ended up with a war in the tank. The largest Gold Gourami was nasty and killed one of the blue and the other Gold Gourami. I got rid of her and still have the original Blue Gourami. This fish is quite peaceful as well and gets along great with everyone.

I wouldn't have recommended Tiger Barbs either, knowing what I know now but... since you have them, add another 5 or 6. I ended up with 11 and that kept the monkey shines among themselves and they never bothered my Gourami. I hope you have some nice plants and decor in your tank to help break up the line of sight also. Just in case your 2 Gourami decide to fight they might be able to claim their own areas of the tank.
 

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Before I had a clue what I was doing (still learning something new all the time) I started a 60 gallon tank out with a handful of Tiger Barbs and 4 Gourami (2 blue, 2 Gold) I soon ended up with a war in the tank. The largest Gold Gourami was nasty and killed one of the blue and the other Gold Gourami. I got rid of her and still have the original Blue Gourami. This fish is quite peaceful as well and gets along great with everyone.

I wouldn't have recommended Tiger Barbs either, knowing what I know now but... since you have them, add another 5 or 6. I ended up with 11 and that kept the monkey shines among themselves and they never bothered my Gourami. I hope you have some nice plants and decor in your tank to help break up the line of sight also. Just in case your 2 Gourami decide to fight they might be able to claim their own areas of the tank.
Excellent advice. Supposedly, keeping Tiger Barbs in larger schools with odd numbers like 11 or 13, etc. tends to keep them more peaceful, but I wouldn't take that chance myself. Especially with the peaceful Pearl females I have. I don't want a stressful tank, I got mine to relax...........................
 

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Thank you all for your advise but we are having some kind of mishap with our tank now and not to sure what has happened. Over the weekend it was starting to look cloudy we decided it was time for a water change we took out about 25% and added new water, I put in the water conditioner and the enzyme stuff that we were told to use when setting up tank and for water changes. This was on Saturday on Sunday I noticed that our Tiger Barb didn't seem as bright as they did before the water change, We had 4 males and 1 female, now they all looked female cause all their orange was pretty much gone except on 2 of them which did have the brightest orange of the 4 now it was barely visible and their black stripes were looking dull. This morning when we came downstairs we had two dead fish and the other Tigers look more like they have gray stripes than black and on one of our Dwarf's it looks like it has white specs all over it.... could this be ick? Any suggestions on what has gone wrong. Everyone was very happy before the water change, I am hoping I did not do anything wrong with what I added to tank for the water. We are hoping to get this fixed before we loose more of our fish.
 

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The cloudy water may have been the begining of a bacterial bloom and is common in new tanks. In my opinion you have added way to many fish to fast for a new unestablished tank. You said you had added real plants, how many did you add? If there were a bunch of plants it would be ok if not you should of left the water cloudy and it would of cleared up in a few days. If the fish have white spots and are acting itchey, rubbing on the tank and gravel then I would say yes it is ick and you should treat it with meds. I have had alot of success useing fizzy tabs that you can get at petsmart for ick. You really need to get a liquid test kit like the API master kit because if you do not have lots of plants you may loose alot if not all of your fish and need to be doing daily water changes with that many fish in a new tank.
 

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I spoke with our local pet store after I posted they feel that our fish got ick from the water change if we did not have the water pretty much the same temperature of the tank water. Which no we felt the water by hand but we did not actually put a thermometer in it to be totally sure. We will be treating for ick starting today. Thanks everyone for the suggestions, we still have a lot to learn hopefully we get it all right because we are definately enjoying our tank
 
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