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Old 06-26-2016, 12:02 AM   #1
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Question Dwarf Gouramis or Pearl Gouramis? What about both?

I need help deciding what fish I should have in my tank. The tank will also include about 6 to 9 small shoaling/schooling fish like Cherry Barbs or some kind of Tetras (still deciding). What would you recommend?

My ideas are:
- 3 male PEARL Gouramis? Is it safe to only have males?
- 3 male DWARF Gouramis? Is it safe too?
- 3 male DWARF Gouramis and 1 male PEARL Gourami? Is mixing Gouramis ok? Even if they're all males? And will the Pearl be ok as the only Pearl?

The reason I didn't include females in my list of ideas was because they aren't as colorful as males. And the reason I won't have females together with males at all is because I don't want any breeding happening.

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What size tank? Planted? My dwarf gouramis killed each other back when I had two of them in a fake planted tank. Beautiful colours but are pretty territorial.


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It's a 30 gallon tank with plenty of fake plants. There are currently no fish in it because I'm still deciding.
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Gouramis are NOT social.
In a 30g I'd do
1 Pearl Gourami
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1-2 DGs ( 2 if you have plenty of floating plants and sight breaks. )

They can and often do fight and/or stress each other to death. Some people have multiple Gouramis, but many have sad stories of them fighting.



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Gouramis and labyrinth fish in general tend to do best alone. In my experience, pearl gouramis are a little more community friendly in general and are much hardier.
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Old 07-03-2016, 11:57 PM   #6
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Ok, I think I'm going to give up on the Gouramis then. I don't think they'll suit my tank. Thank you all for your advice!
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