Thread: Gouramis with Guppies?
10-17-2013, 12:15 PM #1
Gouramis with Guppies?
I have a 10 gallon with 3 guppies right now and I'm thinking about adding some dwarf or pygmy gouramis. First question is will they get along with the guppies? The information on the web seems to be conflicting so I'd like to hear from fellow fishkeepers.
And second question is how many? I read that males might not like each other so I was thinking of getting two females.
10-17-2013, 01:08 PM #2
I wouldn't add them, having kept several gourami species before they are all very territorial. Your 10g would be big enough to add 1 dwarf gourami but no more than that. However the presence of another flowing finned fish generally just causes them to be even more aggressive.
Either have more guppies or 1 gourami and no guppiesMy therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
10-17-2013, 01:48 PM #3
If your guppies are fancy guppies with long tails that impair swimming, I would not keep them with anything large and territorial as they cannot really escape. However, on the other hand, I have kept honey gourami(a very peaceful species smaller even than the dwarf gourami) with endler guppies with success, and honey gouramis will also do in 10 gallons.
10-17-2013, 05:46 PM #4
I too suggest you not mix these, and especially in what is a very small space. A group of pygmy gourami would be fine, but without the guppies. I would not confine a dwarf gourami in a 10g. as it is best in a pair/trio which means more space.Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]