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Old 02-13-2012, 11:17 AM   #11
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I think they recommend a minimum of 10gallons. Dwarf gouramis don't get very big so there is enough water to keep the water stable, but they are fish that are pretty active so require more room for swimming. That is not to say that you can't keep him in a 5.5gallon, but you might want to look into getting a bigger tank sometime soon and think about moving him at some point. There are lots of gorgeous fish that are perfect for a 5.5gallon though if you move the gourami out.
Ok. So he will survive in the 5gallon tank but he won't be really happy until he has more room to swim around. I will have to move him at some point when I get a larger set up. Thank you for explaining that to me!
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Keep an eye on Craigslist. You can find some awesome deals on there for tanks and full setups.
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Definitely Craigslist can be super awesome.
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Just an update about my gourami: he's still hiding but he does come out and swim around. So he's hanging in there!

there is still work to be done to make him a happy camper.
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Yay! Keep up the good work.
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That's great to hear hope he is happy or gets that way soon
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Nooooo!!! I don't know what has happened but he was just out swimming and stopped at the side of his tank and he has a huge gash or something on the side of his head! No idea where it came from. I feel like I am fighting a losing battle and have doomed this poor fish to die. . Hopefully you can see what I mean in this photo. It's vertical and just behind his eye.
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Oh no poor thing! Does he happen to sleep near the heater? It looks like a burn to me. I have read reports of gouramis liking to sleep against them. My dwarf had something similar. We suspected HITH or a burn from the heater.
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Oh no poor thing! Does he happen to sleep near the heater? It looks like a burn to me. I have read reports of gouramis liking to sleep against them. My dwarf had something similar. We suspected HITH or a burn from the heater.
He seems to stay inside a jug decoration I have in there. He was in the back by the heater the other day though. I'll move the heater higher in the tank. Will he die from it?! What is HITH?

I added some gravel and the plant from the guppies vase into the gourami tank and filter area. So hopefully that will help. I don't think the guppies can fit in his mouth. How long should I wait until I add the guppies into the 5gal tank? I also added a little of the 5gal water to the guppy vase water.
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He seems to stay inside a jug decoration I have in there. He was in the back by the heater the other day though. I'll move the heater higher in the tank. Will he die from it?! What is HITH?

I added some gravel and the plant from the guppies vase into the gourami tank and filter area. So hopefully that will help. I don't think the guppies can fit in his mouth. How long should I wait until I add the guppies into the 5gal tank? I also added a little of the 5gal water to the guppy vase water.
Does it have any sharp edges? Check that. HITH (hole in the head) is exactly what it sounds like. Holes in the head. I don't think you have to worry about that
He shouldn't die from it. Clean water and a little aquarium salt will help him heal.
Look up how to acclimate fish on YouTube.
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