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  1. #1

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    Hi, i I have a 55 gal with good filtration.
    What I have now is 3 golden, 3 opaline gouramis, one Raphael Striped Catfish and my gorgeous 9.25" Florida Spotted Gar.
    Now my tank looks really empty so I want to add some colorful, good size fish. What are my choices?
    P.S. I also want yo mention that there is absolutely no agression towards my gouramis from gar. They are friends and sometimes swim together.
    Thanks.

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    If you rehomed your gar and 5 of your gouramis you could have a nice stock of tetras or maybe barbs. But as it stands you are well overstocked IMO.
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    That Gar is going to grow to a very minimum of 2ft..which is half your tanks length and twice its width. I would get rid of that fish, it will also in time grow to eat the rest of your fish. I would also re-home most of the Gourami except for a male and 2 females. Then I would go for a good sized group of barbs; cherry barbs would be an excellent choice. A pair of bristlenose plecos would also be a good choice.

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    I will rehome all your fish for the reasons stated above. Leave only one gourami if you really want it. I wouldn't risk multiple gouramis in a tank that size.
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    There is simply no reason to try to keep a fish that will not work in your tank. The sooner you get rid of that gar, the easier it is for him to get re-homed and easier for you to get rid of him. He might be fine with the other fish now but that doesn't mean that next week he will.

    Same with the gourami's. Too many in that tank.

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    I get it about gar but why get rid of gouramis? I had them since they were 2". No problems with them at all.

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    gouramis are territorial and aggressive toward one another, and the ones you have are typically some of the most aggressive gouramis. The only safe bet is one per tank, although a group of females or multiple females per male MAY work in a big tank (see the different advice you're getting there - most say keep only one gourami, MCHRKiller says one male gourami and two females). We see six gouramis in a medium sized tank, that says "bloodbath" sooner or later.
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    I checked now and all gouramis are female. Still a possible bloodbath?

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    Then they may be OK but how did you end up with so many females? Females are hard to find. Less color and not as good sellers.

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    IME gold/opaline females are easier to aquire than other species but I saw your vid an I would think you do have some males. My terrible experience with multiple gold/opaline gouramis has put me off labrynths altogether. The female of my bunch was the nastiest of them all. You've had plenty of advice/warnings, no one else to blame when it all goes wrong.
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