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Badmans Tropical Fish Message Center: archive: Gourami


Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 11:07 am
Anyone experienced in keeping Gourami? Can you recommend what type of Gourami would be suitable for a 29 gallon tank (30 inches long 18 high). Must be a community fish that is not aggresive towards others.



Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 01:27 pm
I had problems with dwarf honey gourami. They fought until the beat each other up. This was in a smaller 15 gal tank so you may have less trouble. I have heard some of the larger ones are more peaceful, maybe someone else can fill you in on which ones.



Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 02:04 pm
In regards to flame dwarf gourami, I have 2. The first one was a bully and harrassed the other fish and stressed them big time. I put him in a 10 gallon tank and got a companion. The new guy immediately got chased around, and I put him in the community tank where he does fine. So for myself, I consider dwarf gourami a risk. They're supposedly docile, but not always so. Seems to me the postings I've seen with gourami trouble has always been dwarfs. Could be the normal sized ones are not such a risk..?



Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 03:37 pm
I was thinking of Blue Gourami as well as dwarf gourami. My only concern with the Blue is whether my tank is large enough to accomodate them as they get to be up to 4 inches and may require more room to swim



Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 08:00 pm
The blue gourami is a favorite of mine. I just set my tank back up recently after being out of it for several years. Unfortunately, nothing would keep the one blue g from bullying the other to the point the other was miserable. Separated out the bully for return to the fish store. Brought home a different one and from that point on, all was peaceful. I believe I had two females at the beginning. I made sure the replacement for the bully was male.



Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 08:30 pm
A 29 gal tank has enough room for 2 4inch gourami as far as swimming space goes. I keep 2 6 inch angels in my 29gallon. Both species are rather slow swimming and don't tend to dart around the tank. The only concern with the gourami is whether they will get aggressive and like Shan I consider the dwarf variety risky. If I were to try again I think I would try a lace or pearl gourami. Maybe the best way to go is ask if your LFS will do an exchange if they start fighting.


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