just curious - how many dwarf gouramis can live properly in 20 gallon

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let me first start by saying - BY NO MEANS AM I GOING TO EVEN CONSIDER DOING THIS - I had a friendly bet with my best friend last night who said that 5 or more dwarf gouramis aren't aggresive because of the size of the group, and then said he was considering just getting a 20 gallon and putting 5-6 in there just by themselves :;b...I told him I didnt think it could work out but after thinking about it , it would be a really pretty tank to own..

just wondering your thoughts
because the max size of dwarf gouramis is 3'', then 6 would be 18'' which is well inside the allotted 20'' rule of 1'' per gallon
also I understand they would have to be introduced not all at once as for the bio load...
maybe 3 and 3 two weeks apart

thanks again
 

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IMO , 1 ...gouramis are like bettas...they DO NOT get along with others of their own kind....size doesn't matter!
 
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but ive researched thuroughly and the the majority say they are okay in groups of 5+
 

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I can only tell you from experience ..research can go a long way, but in a 20 gallon you are asking for disaster again IMO
 
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so how many could he put in like 2-3
 

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I agree with Shawnie. 5 Dwarf gouramis in a 20 gallon would likely end up as a disaster.
EDIT: How many could he put in? One.
 

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I don't think anyone here is going to tell you more than one in a 20 gallon, sorry.

The 1" per gallon rule is not a good way to judge. I think that five 3" fish in a 20 gallon would be over stocked, and I don't even know what their bioload is.
 
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sweet thanks for the info
what about 1 gouramI and say a school of tiger barbs?

are they compatable together?
please excuse my ignorance
 
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pinchylarue said:
but ive researched thuroughly and the the majority say they are okay in groups of 5+
Sparkling Gouramis seem to do well in a group unless they pair off.

Can you provide the links to your research, it sounds like an interesting read.
 

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pinchylarue said:
sweet thanks for the info
what about 1 gouramI and say a school of tiger barbs?

are they compatable together?
please excuse my ignorance
maybe a school of tiger barbs is ok but not with a gourami....the gouramI wouldnt stand a chance then...20 gallon aren't very good for aggressive fish by nature ....and don't be sorry...asking is better than doing and then asking later
 
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ok thanks very much,
he definitely wants a gouramI as well as a school of something else..
what about silver dollars?
he want something descent looking not like danios or cardinal tetras
 

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Silver dollars get far too big I'm afraid.

If you define what he means by 'descent' then it would be easier for us to help. Personally I find cardinals descent
 

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pinchylarue said:
ok thanks very much,
he definitely wants a gouramI as well as a school of something else..
what about silver dollars?
he want something descent looking not like danios or cardinal tetras
nopers on the silver dollars...too big....a school of cardinal tetras and a dg would be a nice tank maybe a bristle nose plec for the bottom
 
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he just doesn't want minnow looking fish more colorful and thick I guess...
the pleco sounds amazing plus the gouramI just need a school what about phantom tetras
 

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pinchylarue said:
he just doesn't want minnow looking fish more colorful and thick I guess...
the pleco sounds amazing plus the gouramI just need a school what about phantom tetras
then tell him to get a bigger tank phantoms will work also ...again, gouramis are aggressive by nature and having a back up plan, in case he doesn't play nice, is always best
 
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haha gotchya man I'm gonna tell him a gouramI is ok with phantoms and a pleco
can plecos be alone or do they need 2 or 3?
 

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pinchylarue said:
haha gotchya man I'm gonna tell him a gouramI is ok with phantoms and a pleco
can plecos be alone or do they need 2 or 3?
not just ANY pleco....most are way to large for a 20 gallon......and AGAIN, I never said it was ok....I said make sure you have a back up plan in case it isnt as gouramis don't play nice by nature...and NO on 2-3 bn plecs....1 is going to be enough...but if there is no algae in the tank, NONE are needed...
 
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there won't be algae because his plants are fake so what could be god for the bottom besides corydoras- find them a little boring iv had them before- what about loaches?
 

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algae grows in any tank, reguardless if there are real plants or not. Some tanks get algae and some dont, but remember that most 'algae eaters' don't even eat algae, they eat left over food that has sank or algae wafers.
 
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would dojo loaches be okay with phantom tetras and a gourami?
 
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