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Dwarf Gourami in an unheated 2gal hex?

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Jeff Martin

Monday, March 11, 2002 - 10:03 pm
Hi all,

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. Thanks.

  

Guineapig

Monday, 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).

Guineapig

  

G

Monday, 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 another tank.

  

patm

Wednesday, 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.

  

Anonymous

Monday, 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.
good luck
-kelsey

  

Pandora

Tuesday, 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.

 

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