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Old 08-12-2012, 08:54 AM   #1 
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Talking My New Gouramis!

I gots these fellas last night from Petco! They do not yet have names, suggestions? They are very colorful and a little shy for right now and never stop moving!
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:49 AM   #2 
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They shouldn't be in the same tank together under certain circumstances, how large is the tank? Do you have pictures of the tank?
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The tank is 30 gallons and has a lot of plants and spots to hide. But I've been researching and it says you should keep 2+ in a tank.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:07 AM   #4 
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That's a no, no. Watch out for aggression. Males will fight eachother a lot like bettas. They are territorial like bettas. Also, watch out for diseases. Theese guys are so overly bred they are very weak
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Yeah.. if you can return them still, I would. I just lost my Gourami after four months to the virus Dwarf Gouramis get.. it was terrible. You can get one Honey Gourami instead.

I kept my dwarf gourami alone and they are actually fine kept alone. If you have the room, it is better to get one male and two females. But, like I said, they're also fine alone.
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Also. If you look closely in the picture you can see one that is sub dominant and has less vibrant color
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:53 AM   #7 
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Okay thanks for the feedback I will see what I can do. I guess I'll see about other fish instead of gouramis to make a freshwater community.
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It's fine to keep more than one in that tank size. Gourami are not nearly as aggressive as betta, that tank is huge for them.

I know DGV is a concern.. but even if the OP returns them and gets a honey, the virus is already in the water so it probably won't do much good.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:07 PM   #9 
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Honey gourami aren't as susceptible to it as DG.. if kept healthy they shouldn't have any issues. Multiple members suggested I replace my DG with a Honey after I lost it..

Any fish can catch DGV but all the other fish in my tank have been fine without any symptoms of illness.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:56 PM   #10 
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Contrarry to what most believe multiple guramies can be had in large aquariums. They need space. Dwarfs in particular are adviced to be kept 3 or 5 and are quite peaceful and shy. They will establish a pecking order first but after that it will be ok. They need about 24 - 28 C / 75 - 82 F temperatures. They will eat flake food, algae flakes and occasional live brine shrimp.


Are they red dwarfs or cobalt blues?

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