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Old 10-07-2005, 08:22 PM   #1
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pearl gourami vs dwarf gourami for 20 gallon ???

I was looking on getting a gourami for my 20 gallon.
at the moment I only have top feeders (white clouds) and bottom feeders (cories).
So I need a centerpiece for the middle of the tank.

Which (in your opinion) looks better - pearl or dwarf ??
how big do each grow ??
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Old 10-07-2005, 08:27 PM   #2
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another question...

do I need to get more than one gourami ??
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Old 10-07-2005, 08:37 PM   #3
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The pearls get to about 4" and are really to large for a 20g tank. Dwarfs only get around 2" and are a better choice. There are several different types to choose from as well. And no, you don't "need" to have more than one.
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cool
i'm going to get a dwarf
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Old 10-07-2005, 08:51 PM   #5
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If you are planning on the pearl gourami's you have to be prepared to upgrade the tank when they get larger. I have 3 of them right now in a 20 gal, but intend to move them into a larger tank in a couple of months.
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There are several different types of dwarf to choose from as well. .
really?

where can I see them ?
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http://www.aquariumfish.net/catalog_...f_gouramis.htm

Here are some of the varietys.
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In a 20 gallon you might put 1 male and 2 females. He would probably make a nice bubble nest and hatch a million zillion Baby gouramis
Depending on how many of the other fish you have in there, you might even be able to do 2 males and 3 females (approx 10" of fish).
The link rich provided above has a nice pic of the female. You can easily tell them from the males.
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I have 2 male 'flame' dwarf gouramis and i like them a lot.

They are more prone to getting sick though, so keep your water in pristine condition. :P
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once my clown loaches have been moved all i will have is 6 neons and 1 CAE in my 20 gal do you think i would be ok with 2 males and 3 females in there. I like the idea of being able to have a flame red and a blue neon in the one tank
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Old 10-08-2005, 04:33 AM   #11
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i ended up getting a flame gourami (i believe)
it looks like this



all red, and its dorsal fin is blue

I saw some pearl gourami (very pretty) - there were some baby ones (around 1 inch)
i also saw an adult (4 inch) - so it gave me an indication of how big they become !!
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That is a beautiful specimen. I used to have some dwarf gouramis and they were some of my favorite fish to watch. They swam all over the tank at all levels. The only thing I didn't like was the male tearing up my plants to help with his bubble nest

I was fortunate to get both a male and a female. Now my fish store doesn't stock the females because their supplier doesn't ship any. It seems that customers don't want the plain looking females.
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Don't white clouds need cooler water than tropicals?
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