View Full Version : My tank is complete! (for now anyway! LOL)

08-26-2006, 01:08 AM
Yay my tank is finally complete!!! It looks like this:
5 neon tetras
2 guppies, male & female, mosaic colouring
1 Leopard corydora
2 dwarf gouramis
Yay!!! I have been waiting all of my life (all 12 years of it anyway) to get a tropical tank and now it has happened. HOORAY!!!!!!! :D :lol:

08-26-2006, 03:02 AM
woops wrote that message in anticipation. Here is my problem.

Today I went out to get my gouramis. We have a 40 litre/ 10 gallon tank and in it it has everything except the gouramis. When I got to the fish shop, I went to go and buy them but the store lady stopped us. She asked us the size of the tank and what it had in it. By the time I had answered, she was shaking her head. I asked her what was wrong and she told me we were at our limit for fish : ( . I was really disappointed, especially as our specialist fish shop had told us it would be alright. Please tell me who was right and whether I will be able to add my gouramis after all.

08-26-2006, 03:22 AM
I think the gouramis should be ok.

08-26-2006, 03:29 AM
Thanks william. the lady at the fish shop said they might die if we added them

08-26-2006, 03:30 AM
Sorry Nix, but I have to agree with the store who didn't want to sell you 2 dwarf gourami's. You may be able to "push" the limits with adding a couple of tetras or guppies to round out the numbers, but only if you want to be diligent about watching water parameters and doing water changes. Even though MINIMUM recommended tank size for dwarf gourami's I have seen is 10 gal, I believe they prefer more than that. And they can be a little territorial so they need space they can call their own. If you use the "general" guidelines of inches per gallon you have 5 tetras @ 1-1.5 inches (5-7.5 inches of fish) and 2 guppies @ 1-1.5 inches (2-3 inches of fish, plus the cory, which I am not sure of leopard sizes but most likely 3+ inches (definitely not one of the smaller ones I have been looking for to put in a small tank) you are already at 10-13.5 inches of fish, which is pretty much it for a ten gallon.
And I must say KUDOS to the excellent store employee who cared enough about the fish to ask rather than just make a sale!

08-26-2006, 03:46 AM
Guess the jury is out on this one ;-)

If you look at just the inchage I would agree with Kimmers but considering the different niches those fish occupy in the tank and that all fish are relativly friendlyI think it will work. I do however agree with kimmers when she say that you will have to maintain the aquarium in the best possible way if you want to add the gouramis. The stress on the water will be relativly high and frequent water changes will be a must. Considered writting that but didn't

You'll have to decide for your self.

Leopard corys seldom reach more than 2 inches even if they can reach 3.

08-26-2006, 04:39 AM
I would say don't add them. Gouramis need plenty off space. I only have 8 in a 29 gallon tank. I would save up for maybe a 20 gallon for your community. An maybe use the 10 to breed guppies. ( I would say get one more female so the male doesn't terrorize the one you have.)

08-26-2006, 07:48 PM
Thanks a lot for all of your fabulous advice!!! : )
I know this sounds a bit weird, but how big do siamese fighting fish grow? If we can't get gouramis, can we get just a male? We don't want to breed them or anything.

08-26-2006, 09:36 PM
Fighting fish look beautiful, true, but will become the ruler of a tank. It will often out compete others for food and ect...