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05-22-2013, 03:04 AM #1
Help, confused on dwarf gourami
I want to add dwarf gouramis to my 29 gallon tank, I'm trying to figure out how many. Browsing the Internet and various books I keep getting answers from as many as you want, to one male to two female, to only one male. Could anybody clear this up for me? Thanks
05-22-2013, 03:07 AM #2
I don't keep gourami but I do know that you are going to need to be more specific wrt which type of DG you refer to.
I suspect this is the source of your confusion as well as I'd wager differing types of DG are being referenced.
Different fish = Different answer.
I will add that having two [or more] of the particular labyrinth fish you are considering in that small of a tank has risks, Betta are often kept solo for a good reason.
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05-22-2013, 03:24 AM #3
Depending on the stocking, one would be best. But as Goes to 11! said that depends on which dwarf species you're talking about.
05-22-2013, 04:16 AM #4
dwarf gourami generally refers to colisia lalia. other small species have their own names, such as honey gourami (c. chuna), and thicklipped gourami (c. labiosa).
"as many as you want" will not work out very well. gouramis are territorial creatures. they are fairly aggressive for their size so unless your tank is very heavily planted I
would go with a single fish. if you want to try pairs or trios(be sure to have a backup plan if things don't work) then make sure all other fish except one are female(hard to find)
and have lots of cover.
05-22-2013, 04:32 AM #5
The short answer is 1 - a 29 is not very big.125 - BGK, pictus cats, silver dollars, kissing gouramis, palmas bichir, delhezi bichir
125 - Red severum, bolivian rams, Turquoise rainbows, irian red rainbows, loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, pearl gouramis
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, elephant nose, spotted ctenopoma, upside down cats
QTs - 29, 20H, 20L, 10
05-22-2013, 04:36 AM #6
i had a dwarf gourami in m 45 and he was the meanest fish i've ever had. big bully to my rams and the territories that others speak of...well he took the entire tank.
others have had great experiences with them, but youll end up with dead fish if you add more than one
05-22-2013, 03:52 PM #7
In my 75g I have a male dwarf gourami, and a male Honey dwarf gourami. They only go after each other if one of them enters into the other's area, otherwise there's no problem with them. My tank is medium planted right now, but I do have enough "caves" for them to hide in if they want to.
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05-22-2013, 03:55 PM #8
05-22-2013, 09:52 PM #9
I have a pretty heavily planted tank , 6x amazon sword, 3x chain sword, and a Brazilian sword, and the dg
I am referring to is Colisa lalia.
Last edited by Drose11111; 05-22-2013 at 10:03 PM.
05-22-2013, 10:26 PM #10
I had 3 male Colisa Labia in my 29 tank together - as babies - not knowing any better. They got along fine for about 6 months then the trouble started. I tried 2 in my 90 gallon for a while but had to move one out before it got bullied to death by the other.
You've gotten good advice by the other posters. 1 dwarf male gourami per tank. And as has been said, females are scarce - also not as colorful.