fish pair

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by ebbandflow, May 7, 2006.

  1. ebbandflow

    ebbandflowValued MemberMember

    Is there a type of fish that can be kept in pairs that is relatively easy to take care of and grows about three or four inches?
     
  2. 0morrokh

    0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

  3. vin

    vinWell Known MemberMember

    I was going to say dwarf gouramis - male and female of course.....or some yellow panchax killifish.....Surface dwellers though, but very cool fish and very peaceful.
     
  4. OP
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    ebbandflow

    ebbandflowValued MemberMember

    Will dwarf gouramis get along with my blue gourami? Cuz I had orginally bought two of them and had to take one back cuz they kept chasing each other. What are yellow panchax killfish? And any specific cichlid that you could suggest? Thanks.
     
  5. 0morrokh

    0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    Well, the only ones that come to mind for Cichlids are Kribs or Rams...do some research and you'll find some more.
     
  6. chickadee

    chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    Gouramis are in the same family as Bettas and are rated as semi-aggressive. This would mean that you would use them in a community aquarium with caution. Most of the really peaceful fish that I know of are shoaling fish that travel in schools and there is probably a reason for this. Safety in numbers against those very more aggressive fish that do have the abiliy to live a thrive in pairs.

    I spent some time looking in my books but the only ones I thought of seem to reach 4" or so.

    Rose
    :)
     
  7. Skadunkadunk

    SkadunkadunkValued MemberMember

    You could get Swordtails or Mollies. But if you get a swordtail, one male and female, and mollies two males or one male and 2 females.
     
  8. OP
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    ebbandflow

    ebbandflowValued MemberMember

    Rose, which ones did you find that were 4 inches?
     
  9. vin

    vinWell Known MemberMember

    Skunk - All males will tend to fight. A mix of males and females would require at least 3....2 female, one male. But the person would have to be prepared for a lot of breeding.
     
  10. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Right you are Vin. The reason for 1 male and 2 females is so the male won't pick on the females all the time. As far as fry are concerned the Gourami will keep them eaten so you won't have an over population problem.
    Carol
     
  11. chickadee

    chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    I was going to recommend Swordtails but the book I had said they reached 4 inches. I had also thought of Glass Catfish. They are both really neat fish and both get to about 4 inches.

    Rose
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  12. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    The only thing is Glass catfish need to be kept in groups in a quiet environment.
    Tho they are truly beautiful.
    Carol