Anabantoid Community - which of these species are compatible?
As mentioned in another thread, I've bought a 32 gallon tank, and I'm in the process of outfitting it with proper lighting, and then I'll be planting it densely. Once this is all set up and stable, I'm hoping to make it into an anabantoid community tank. However, I'm not sure if any of the fish that I'm eyeing would be compatible. I'd like to keep 2 or 3 of the following species in the tank:
female Betta Splendens
Could any 2 or 3 of these species coexist without incident in a densely planted 32 gallon tank? Ideally, I would LOVE to have a female betta sorority tank + a gourami species, but I'm not sure if this would be advisable...
I'm also hoping to add one or two of the following non-anabantoids, but I don't think there will be any compatibility issues:
Bristlenose pleco (longfin, possibly) or
Please let me know which of the anabantoids might be compatible?
Thanks in advance for any advice!
"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice." - Mamoru Oshii
From my experience, honey gouramis and pearl gouramis are some of the
more peaceful gouramis, while opalines can get aggressive. The pearl gourami and the opaline gourami will grow to over 4 inches though. For those, and especially with multiple companions, you may want to consider a larger tank.
Short answer, no.
Multiple labrynth fish just don't work unfortunately, I've attempted it with dwarfs, opaline, yellow. IMO first level of multiple would be 2-3 dwarf honey gouramis in a 40g, 2 of the larger species wouldn't really work in less than a 70g heavily planted tank. Every now and then when a blue moon comes around someone manages to keep 2, usually pearls.
My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
I'm kind of biased since I think they're gorgeous... a dwarf gourami male with some dwarf gourami females would be lovely... they might even breed if the water flow is calm. the only bad thing i've heard about dwarf gourami females is that they're very sickly... i lost 3 out of 4 when i introduced mine, i only have one left. :(
just remember, no more than one male... i learned that lesson with my paradise gouramis the hard way... now i've got to return and fish and get some females.
5 gallon planted tank - 1 female betta and one HUGE mystery snail
60 gallon planted community 3 marble lyretail mollies, 3 creamsicle mollies, 9 lampeye tetras, 5 bloodfin tetras, 4 black skirt tetras, 1 rubberlipped pleco, 3 peppered corys, 3 bumblebee catfish, 3 emerald green corydoras, 2 gold danios, and 2 giant danios