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Old 07-15-2006, 03:39 PM   #1
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New Tank--Added Gouramis

Hello All! I am the proud owner of a newly cycled 29 gallon tank. It took me a long painful 6 weeks to cycle the tank but today my water was fine!! I bought two gouramis- neon blue dwarf and one red flame dwarf. They seem to be very shy but I figured they are just trying to adjust to the move.

How long should I wait before adding more fish? I plan to get a two pearl gouramis, a few mollies and two rainbow fish. I wanted a school of fish but I read that tetras and gouramis would not get along. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Welcome to AA fishphenome.

How much ammonia did you use to cycle the tank? I'm asking because if you used a lot than you'd have enough bacteria to process your entire tank's bio load, but if you used only a little than you don't have that much bacteria. So, IMO, that's really your deciding factor.

My 6 tetras get along fine w/ my dwarf gourami. However in the begining they chased him around a bit, but nothing too aggressive. Although I've recently noticed he's missing half of one of his "feelers". I don't know how that happened.

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IME tetras and gouramis get along fine. I really think that 4 gouramis is a little much for a 29g tank. Male gouramis don't always get along, and chances are you'll have all males. I'd just keep the two you have now and get some tetras or rasboras. In a bigger tank, I think that all the gouramis you want would work, but not a 29g IMO.

And if you want rainbowfish, you'll have to get more than 2. They are schoolers so I'd get atleast 6. I hope you are going for the dwarf neon rainbows or threadfin rainbows because most of the others get around 4 inches, which is too large for a 29g.
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