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Old 05-11-2013, 05:30 AM   #21
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So now I think I've talked myself into doing black diamond blasting sand for substrate instead of gravel.

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6 Colombian tetras
6 Peppered corys
1 - 2 honey gouramis

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306 Fluval canister + Penguin 200B HOB

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Driftwood, fake and live plants and rocks and black blasting sand for substrate.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:05 AM   #22
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Sounds awesome....but...I have never had success keeping two gourami or the same species together. Plus, why not do a dwarf flame, and a honey, it will add more variety. But you could try two honeys, that's a pretty big tank so they might not bother each other.
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I think doing two different dwarf gourami species together would be neat! I thought gourami would fight with other species of gourami.

Do I need to get something other than corys to "stir up" sand? I read something about trumpet snails or something? But someone said snails and angels don't mix.
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I think doing two different dwarf gourami species together would be neat! I thought gourami would fight with other species of gourami.

Do I need to get something other than corys to "stir up" sand? I read something about trumpet snails or something? But someone said snails and angels don't mix.
Powder blue and a flame gourami would be neat
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You can mix gourami, I always did. I have had well over 15 over the years, and they were always with other species. They might not be best buddies, and will nip at each others fins once a while, but that is harmless. You don't have to worry about stirring the sand, as long as you doing biweekly or even monthly vacuums you will be fine. 6 cories is plenty.
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Oh, and snails are fine with angels.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:40 PM   #27
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Got the 56 up and running. I put the black blasting sand in, so I can stop changing my mind about substrate now, lol. Now I just need to rearrange everything and put some live plants in. I just sort of threw some driftwood and plastic plants in for hiding spots for now because it took me so long to get the stupid canister filter put together that I was getting worried to leave the fish in the rubbermaid too much longer. I will wait until they are less stressed before I do any more with the tank though!
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:48 PM   #28
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I think I've kind of decided against doing a couple of gourami. I'm just reading too much about how hit and miss they are in groups. If I wanted to go with something iffy, I'd rather try a betta sorority. But I'm not really wanting to do iffy, lol.

Instead could I do one dwarf gourami and one Bolivian ram?

Or 3 bosemans rainbows?

Or a group of hatchets? Like 5 or 6?

Zebra danios look cool too...

Or something else entirely? Lol
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