Gourami Compatibility

  1. Phikmis

    Phikmis Valued Member Member

    I am planning on stocking a planted 20 gallon. Following the gallon for every inch of fish, can I add two dwarf gouramis alongside some rummy nose tetras and platie/swordtails? Is that safe? Or should I only have one dwarf gourami?
     
  2. FishFish221

    FishFish221 Well Known Member Member

    Rule one of fishkeeping: Never follow the inch per gallon rule. It is inaccurate and does not consider any of the needs of a fish.

    Gouramis are like bettas, they will kill each other if kept in a tank. Swordtails also need at least 29 gallons.
    You could do:
    1 Dwarf Gourami
    8 Harlequin Rasboras
    6 Sterbai Corydoras

    Rummynose tetras like lower temperatures than dwarf gouramis, although they are temperature compatible, it isn't really ideal to keep them at that temperature (79f).
    [Opps triple post]
     
  3. FishFish221

    FishFish221 Well Known Member Member

    Rule one of fishkeeping: Never follow the ince per gallon rule. It is inaccurate and does not consider any of the needs of a fish.

    Gouramis are like bettas, they will kill each other if kept in a tank. Swordtails also need at least 29 gallons.
    You could do:
    1 Dwarf Gourami
    8 Harlequin Rasboras
    6 Sterbai Corydoras

    Rummynose tetras like lower temperatures than dwarf gouramis, although they are temperature compatible, it isn't really ideal to keep them at that temperature (79f).
     
  4. Katie13

    Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    The inch per gallon rule is incredible flawed. No Swordtails in this size tank. As for DGs, you can keep 1m/1-2f or 1m only. Is the tank a 20H or 20L?
     
  5. Kenny777

    Kenny777 Well Known Member Member

    Do 1 Dwarf Gourami to be on the safe side and don t follow the 1inch per gallon rule it's a bunch of false information I would do,
    1 Dwarf Gourami
    8 Cardinal Tetras or Rummy Nose Tetras
    8 Albino Corys
    This stock would work IMO
     
  6. Katie13

    Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    Whether or not that stock would work depends on the tank dimensions.
     
  7. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    Rummy nose tetras do well in warmer water, actually.

    I agree with the others that the inch per gallon rule shouldn't be used in stocking a tank. Tank dimensions would definitely help in determining how to stock.
     
  8. Kenny777

    Kenny777 Well Known Member Member

    Oh true.
     
  9. OP
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    Phikmis

    Phikmis Valued Member Member

    Its a 20 high I believe.
    Other fish options include platys, neon tetras, and mollies.
     
  10. Katie13

    Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    I would keep the temp at 78-80 degrees and stock
    1-3 DG 1m or 1m/1-2f
    6 Rummynose Tetras

    Cories do better in a larger tank.
     
  11. JeffK

    JeffK Well Known Member Member

    I would avoid the mollies - they're pretty high on the tank bioload.
     
  12. Katie13

    Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    Adding to this, the varieties with longer fins grow too large. Sailfin Mollies can grow to be 6 inches.
     
  13. JeffK

    JeffK Well Known Member Member

    Agree with this stocking - maybe stock 8x corydoras habrosus if you can get them?
     
  14. OP
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    Phikmis

    Phikmis Valued Member Member

    So how does 3-5 neon tetras 3-5 rummy nose tetras 2-3 mickey mouse or reg wag platys and a dwarf gourami? Clean up crew would consist of shrimp and snails
     
  15. JeffK

    JeffK Well Known Member Member

    Neons prefer cooler water, while rummies prefer warmer temps. They also should be kept in a minimum group of 6 (but more is better). I'd go with:

    6-8x rummynose
    2-3 male mickey mouse platy
    1x dwarf gourami
    3-5x amano shrimp (to give you some bottom activity)
     
  16. OP
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    Phikmis

    Phikmis Valued Member Member

    I love that! Perfect thank you!
     
  17. JeffK

    JeffK Well Known Member Member

    Happy to help!
     
  18. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    I'd do this:
    8 rummynose tetras
    8 kuhli loaches
    1 dwarf gourami
    2 peacock gudgeons