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Old 01-15-2012, 11:05 PM   #1 
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Dwarf Gourami (flame) compatible with betta?

i was wondering if you can keep the flame red dwarf gourami's in with a betta. i have a 10g tank. ive attached a picture of the gourami that i'd like to get.. if its compatible.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:08 PM   #2 
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I would say no... Gourami's are VERY aggressive
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:09 PM   #3 
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okay thanks!
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:26 PM   #4 
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NP :) How big is your tank?
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:01 AM   #5 
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its a 10 gallon.. i had 4 mollys in there with the betta but they didnt last. he non stop chased them and i think it stressed them out..and they went to fish heaven :(
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Mollies produce a lot of ammonia so they aren't really reccommended for a 10 gallon.... that and they can actually get really aggressive

You could do 5 neon tetras (though I hear they can be a bit harder to care for as they are delicate)

or about 5 rasboras or platies <---- both are really hardy

6 pygmy corries or 4 regular ones (they are actually a LOT of fun to have and I have noticed that even more aggressive bettas ignore them pretty well)


but sadly, not all male bettas are cut out for community life, the best bet would to buy one or two dividers and divide your tank in half or in threes... then you can have 3 males... and ghost shrimp are ALWAYS an easy and cheap way to add a clean up crew... and they have almost a ZERO bioload <--- I love the little boogers
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:28 AM   #7 
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thanks! i think i better just stick with Edward because he doesnt appear to like company in his tank since he kept attacking the mollys..
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:29 AM   #8 
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I have a blue gourami in my sorority and it's fine with them. I think the tank needs to be cleverly designed to make them happy together, at first my gourami chased my bettas some.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:44 PM   #9 
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Usually it won't work, though. Gouramis are too closely related to bettas and will generally fight them. That said, I am massively jealous of you, CopperArabian. Please share your secret!
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:30 PM   #10 
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Well, dwarf gouramis are more peaceful than the larger species actually. You'd have to get one only because if you ended up with two males they'd fight each other. They are however both top dwellers, your betta might feel threatened, not too sure. Just a matter of how well fish get used to each other.

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/gourami/dwarf.php
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