Dwarf Gourami Question

Isabella

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There is a post by a beginner who asks for advice on how to stock his 29 UK gallon tank (about 35 US gallons). He's interested in easy and hardy beginner fish. I suggested 1-3 schools of any of the following species: zebra danios, white clouds, harlequin rasboras, cherry barbs, neons, etc ... (basically any small peaceful freshwater fish) - with white clouds and zebra danios as being the hardiest of this suggested group. I also think a pair of dwarf gouramis would be OK in a community tank with 1-3 schools (schools of 6) of the smaller fish. Only I think I've read somewhere on Fish Lore that gouramis need to be kept in a ratio of 1 female to 2 males. Is that correct? If he decides to have gouramis, should he have 1 female and 2 males? Or is it the other way around? Also, dwarf gouramis would be OK in a 29 UK gallon tank with, say, 6 zebra danios and, say, 6 harlequin rasboras or 6 cherry barbs, right?

Here is the post by the beginner: .
 

Boxermom

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I had a solo male DG for quite awhile and he was fine, and now have a pair (finally found him a female - they're not easy to get it seems). They do perfectly fine as a pair.
 
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Isabella

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Thanks. Are they peaceful with smaller community fish that I've mentioned above?
 

Boxermom

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Mine live with cherry barbs, german blue rams, WCMMs, a bristlenose pleco, SAEs, and about a ton of Amano and cherry shrimp. They are very peaceful. The only time I've ever heard of them having problems is when they've been put with other anabantoids like bettas.
 
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Isabella

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That's good to hear. Thank you.
 

Butterfly

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One male and one or two femaless would work, but two males usually fight.
Would indeed be a pretty tank.
Carol
 
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Isabella

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OK, thanks Carol
 

Jason

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They rarely sell females here only ever males, nice looking fish. If you keep more than 1 male you need lots of hiding places and a larger tank so they can establish territories etc.
 
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Isabella

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OK, so 1 male : 1 female ratio, or 1 male : 2 females should be safe for a community tank, right?
 

Lucy_kk

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Iv just bought 3 females for my male as he was totally too hyper for just 2 the girlys just got too stressed and it works fine. They are in with 3 phantom tetras; 5 neons and a danio and this seems to work well.
 

vin

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Isabella said:
OK, so 1 male : 1 female ratio, or 1 male : 2 females should be safe for a community tank, right?
Pairs - one of each sex should be fine, just not two males...They're too bull headed to get a long....Just advise them to make sure they have a place for each to hide so if they have a spat they each have their own hiding place until things cool down.
 

platypuff

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Yes two males is bad news ......... but I only just found out! I have two males and one is a nightmare it has started to attack any fish that goes near it and the other male just gets chases, knocked and bullied by the other. I am now deciding if I should return the bully or get a couple of female to entertain him! Total nightmare!!!! :
 

vin

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See if they'll swap a male for a female- I'd try to trade the more aggressive one.
 

platypuff

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vin said:
See if they'll swap a male for a female- I'd try to trade the more aggressive one.
I am hopefully going to do this at the weekend because it is starting to take over the whole tank!
 

vin

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Good Luck!!
 

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