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Dwarf Gourami in an unheated 2gal hex?
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March 11, 2002 - 10:03 pm
I have a 20gal tank populated with the following: 1 Dwarf
Gourami, 1 medium Angel, 2 fancy Guppies, and 6 Glowlight
Tetras. My problem is the Dwarf Gourami is picking on, and
eating the fins of my Angel. It's been going on for
a month now, but It's getting bad. The angel recently
lost 1/4" of his top fin. Every other fish is fine.
I assume it has to do with the fact that the angel's
size threatens the Gourami. I have decided that the Gourami
needs to leave the community. Can I put him in a 2 gal hex
with a bubble stone, no heater? I live in San Diego. Out
of curiosity, could he breathe air like a Betta in time
of need? I don't expect that to be a problem though.
March 11, 2002 - 10:22 pm
WELL... the minimum tank size for a dwarf gourami is a 5
gallon. WITH heater. So I would have to say no. Buy a small
tank with a heater. NO fish (especially a beautiful
gourami) should be confined in such a small space (except
for maybe a betta).
March 11, 2002 - 11:48 pm
Temporarily a 2 gal might be ok, but I would go ahead and
buy a 5 gal...or what the heck, a 10 gallon for him. Where
I live, a 10 gallon is cheaper than most other tanks smaller
than it, so you might as well save money and get a larger
tank...I would imagine, since 10 gallons are about the most
commonly produced size aquarium, that they should be cheap
in other parts of the country as well.
Just my opinion...I always like the opportunity to set-up
March 27, 2002 - 08:26 pm
I hate to keep anything in a tank as small as a two gallon,
so any kind or gourami would be an especially poor choice.
Even my bettas have their own 5 gallons (except the
females who are in the 55 community tank). If there's
that much of a problem just return him to your lfs, I'm
sure they'll gladly take him.
April 15, 2002 - 08:43 pm
I agree with G. What the heck, just get a 10 gal. since
the 2gal will be too small for long term for a dwarf. or
you could always take it back to the lfs like patm said.
April 16, 2002 - 02:51 pm
To answer the one q the others didn't get to, yes, gouramis
are labyrinth fish also and can breath air directly (not
only times of need in addition to gills, but they must be
allowed surface area to breath air directly at all times).
As for the size/space of the tank, I am definitely with
the others; 2gal way too small, except for emergency temporary
housing until you get him a home with a heater... I personally
would suggest 10 gallons with a heater.