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    I just special ordered six paradise gourami females. An associate who is familiar with this breed of gourami just told me that a general rule when keeping these males together is 3 females to 1 male ratio. I ordered the female blue variety. I'm curious to see if anyone else has kept these with a noticeable difference in aggression levels between males? ALSO - I am curious if this is going to be it for this tank, I'm having doubts because I'm fearing that this might push me into overstock. If so, what can I do to alleviate the stress until I can re-home some of my fish?
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    A 1 male to 3 female ratio is a good rule to keep in mind with many species of fish. Actually most species of fish, from Swordtails to African Cichlids all behave a lot better with this ratio.

    Another 6 fishes, could possibly be starting to stretch things a little, concidering you have a few fishes in there that can produce quite a large bio-load. Paradise Fish can produce quite a bit themselves.

    You might get away with it, but I would be keeping a very close eye on your water perameters if you add those six fishes all at once. I think, if it was my decision, I would probably drop it back to 1 male Paradise Fish and 3 females, just to be on the safe side. If you do decide on taking all 6 fish, then depending on the filtration that you already have, you might like to think about adding something extra to help out with the increased bio-load.

    That's just my opinion anyway!
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    I was thinking that maybe a canister filter would be a good investment eventually , the guy at the LFS said that would be "overkill". I don't think he realizes the stock I already have in here though... I only gave him a tidbit of info about the rest of the inhabitants. My water changes have been consistently 25% every week... some weeks I only have to do a 15% change though. Today I vaccuumed the gravel, so it was a 25% day. I only vaccuum the gravel once every two weeks. I'm thinking maybe when I go get the fish [I'll be able to tell them to order three when they call instead of six], I'll take the mean paradise gourami back... they're wonderful about returns and re-homing. After that, things should be back to normal... Well, as normal as they can get in a tank with one of these fish, lol. With one paradise fish male and three females I think things will calm down significantly. I find it very interesting that the blue paradise fish is FAR less aggressive than the red one, might be something to note for future reference with these? My poor blue one is huddled near the heater/corner most of the day right now and it makes me SO sad but I feel helpless since I have nowhere to put him. Tomorrow I'll be taking said "mean" fish back and hopefully next week I'll have some females for this one.
    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

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    P.S - my boyfriend just *HAD* to have the red one when we saw him... I advised against it so he'll just have to take him back with me! :P
    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by cardiocentric
    I was thinking that maybe a canister filter would be a good investment eventually , the guy at the LFS said that would be "overkill".
    Uh, not sure if this LFS person has ever owned a real tank but if your aquarium is big enough, a canister is far, far better. Besides keeping the tank cleaner, the filter is so noise free you will not believe it is even running ... wait, did I remember to plug mine in ... .

    Your fish will thank you! Like someone said here: Our main job is to just take care of the tank water ... .

    I am sure once you get one, you will be sold on them - boy, did I get a wake up after getting one. Now I own three (a spare used on my breeding tank which is out-of-service.) Just remember to use a bottom layer of some type of filter media, and then fill most the trays with bio-chips. Don't waste space on charcoal (aka carbon) or extra filter media. Get a canister that has values for controlling the input/exit water lines on the top of the canister.

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    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

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    For your extra stocking you should up your water changes to 75% a week, its not much more hassle than 25% and this will considerabley reduce the ammonia nitrites etc from your extra fish
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    Quote Originally Posted by cardiocentric
    I was thinking that maybe a canister filter would be a good investment eventually , the guy at the LFS said that would be "overkill".
    I'm a firm believer that there really is no such thing as filtration overkill, cardio. If you can have more than enough filtration, and keep the actual current in the tank to a nice manageable amount for the fishes to swim around in, or be able to get out of if they would like to rest, then I think that's a whole lot better than having not enough filtration, and having your tank fall into a mini cycle or your fishes being sick because your water isn't clean enough. Canister filters are very good, but they can also be very expensive, so that's something to think about when you look for more filtration. I've found that a cheaper option, and in my opinion the option can be just as good and still nice and quiet like the canisters, is a good quality submersible filter. Most of them come with a spray bar (a long tube with lots of little holes in it) which are great for surface agitation/gas exchange. They're great for filtering out fine particles that float around in the water, and you can adjust the flow on most of them.

    I also agree with Scotti. Increase the size of your water change to at least 50% per week.
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    Filtering is important but no single issue does more to improve the tank water quality than water changes - the more and larger volume you do, the better your fish will be. Also, this will strongly prevent algae growth more than anything else you can do.
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

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    Oops - did it again - I'm really off today.

    When I said " values for controlling the input/exit water lines on the top of the canister."

    Yeah, look for one that gives you value for your money BUT I meant to say get one with valves! That should make a little more sense (I make no promises that I will make sense in the future ... .)
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

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