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    So I have had my 10g running for over a month now. My 5 diamond tetras and 2 otos seem to be doing fine. I was hoping I could kind of get 1 bigger show fish to complete my stocking. First, do you think it would be possible to fit in a Dwarf or Pygmy gourami? I understand they are both smaller than the normal size but what are the differences between them? Would one be more compatible than the other?

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    I have 2 dwarf gourami in my 55g. Not sure how well they would do in a 10g, since they like to stake a territory in the tank I've noticed, might be a problem for your other fish.

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    I have a dwarf in my ten, and previously I've had two, and they were good together, in fact they seemed to get along really well, however, it may be different for you.
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    If I did get 1 would you recommend pairing them or are they ok by themselves?
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    I would only get one, pairing them is taking a risk.
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    I agree and would only get one Dwarf. If you are after a bigger show fish, then the Dwarf is much better I feel than the Pygmy Gourami.

    The Pygmy is a beautiful little fish and really, it only stays very little and it may be a problem at feeding time as the other fish may get to the food first.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_gourami

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Embers
    I agree and would only get one Dwarf. If you are after a bigger show fish, then the Dwarf is much better I feel than the Pygmy Gourami.

    The Pygmy is a beautiful little fish and really, it only stays very little and it may be a problem at feeding time as the other fish may get to the food first.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_gourami

    Hmm yeah my tetras basically swarm the food and it is gone within about 10 seconds... so maybe 1 dwarf would be a better choice. I love my tetras but I'm just looking for a fish that stands out a little more but is peaceful and small enough to comfortably fit in a 10g. Thanks for the heads up.
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    Yeah! I don'think the Pgymy would stand out amounst them. I definitely wouldn't pass up on getting them though if you can get another tank and just keep a group of them, they are rather hard to get over here!

    What about a Honey Gourami? they stay approx. the same size as Dwarf's, not quite sure if they would be compatible but they are very peaceful. I have a lovely Sunset Hone Gourami in with my Ember Tetras he doesn't bother anyone and vice versa and he compliments the Embers colouring beautifully.

    A Lot of Dwarf gouramis these days seem to be quite sickly I believe, could be wrong on that though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Embers
    Yeah! I don'think the Pgymy would stand out amounst them. I definitely wouldn't pass up on getting them though if you can get another tank and just keep a group of them, they are rather hard to get over here!

    What about a Honey Gourami? they stay approx. the same size as Dwarf's, not quite sure if they would be compatible but they are very peaceful. I have a lovely Sunset Hone Gourami in with my Ember Tetras he doesn't bother anyone and vice versa and he compliments the Embers colouring beautifully.

    A Lot of Dwarf gouramis these days seem to be quite sickly I believe, could be wrong on that though!
    Yeah haven't looked too much into the different species of gourami's but the sunset honey's could definitely be a possibility. Will probably have to go to my LFS and look at them all in their tanks to decide lol. Perhaps next weekend I'll try to get one has tomorrow I think every place is close for Easter. Are their any dwarf species I should definitely avoid due to aggression?
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    I'm not sure of all the different Dwarf species, but I think all Gouramis can be territorial to different degrees. I do feel Dwarf Gouramis can be more aggressive/territorial than Honey's (particularly when ready to breed and towards their own kind). If you only have one, I feel it does seem to lessen aggression considerably and generally peaceful. As Ryuu mentioned, it is often different for each individual and sometimes we don't know how fish will react until they are in the tank. I did have a Dwarf a few yrs ago and he kept chasing all the other fish.

    At least with the shops closed, it gives you time to think about it and read up on the what the best choice of Gourami might be for your tank.

    I don't know if Honey's are widely available where you live, but they are harder to come by here. The Dwarf seems to be the more popular one that the LFS' stock, but my personal preference is the Honey!

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