Pygmy Gouramis With Kuhli Loaches

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I have a 10 gallon fish tank with 2 KuhlI loaches. Will it be okay to have these gouramis with them? I'm planning on buying some plants as well and am looking for suggestions. They would have to be low light because it's a weak LED light, would love to hear any suggestions you guys have!
 

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How many gouramis are you planning on getting? Because in a tank that size, they will probably attack each other because gouramis are territorial and a little aggressive towards each other. I would stick to only getting one. I haven’t noticed any problems between my gouramI and my platys. I think as long as your loaches aren’t aggressive you should be alright, but I don’t know that much about loaches.
 
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Lindsay Huff said:
How many gouramis are you planning on getting? Because in a tank that size, they will probably attack each other because gouramis are territorial and a little aggressive towards each other. I would stick to only getting one. I haven’t noticed any problems between my gouramI and my platys. I think as long as your loaches aren’t aggressive you should be alright, but I don’t know that much about loaches.
KuhlI loaches have fantastic temperant as far as I have seen. I have had amano shrimp and have never seen them bother them. I was originally thinking 2 sparkling (pygmy) gouramis. I am 100 percent open to other tank mates for these kuhlis.

Also, this is my first ever post! Tips appreciated.
 

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I’m very fond of platys, because they come in a ton of gorgeous colors and are super fun to watch! Mollys and sword tails are also fun! Just be careful that you get all of one gender, because platys and Molly’s are live bearers that are basically always pregnant lol
 
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Ya. I think I either need to upgrade or give them to a pet store. If it was a species only tank for sparkling gouramis, how many would you suggest?
 
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Lindsay Huff said:
I’m very fond of platys, because they come in a ton of gorgeous colors and are super fun to watch! Mollys and sword tails are also fun! Just be careful that you get all of one gender, because platys and Molly’s are live bearers that are basically always pregnant lol
Platys are quite pretty. Out of curiosity, how do they differ from mollys?

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I might try for 3 females and 1 male then? I don't want the males to fight over territory and I worry about the male to female ratio.
 
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Thank you all for your help and ideas!! I appreciate it a lot. I'm going to post in a plant specific area so I can find out what is best for these critters.
 

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Jcahoon02 said:
Thank you all for your help and ideas!! I appreciate it a lot. I'm going to post in a plant specific area so I can find out what is best for these critters.
Good Luck and have fun!!!!
 
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Discus-Tang said:
Have a look at these videos:

No Filter No CO2 No Ferts Planted Nano Tanks - YouTube
Thanks so much! I love researching and will definitely look into that.
 

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Jcahoon02 said:
Thanks so much! I love researching and will definitely look into that.
I’ve had a lot of luck with amazon sword! It’s super easy to take care of and does well in most aquariums!
 
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Discus-Tang said:
Pygmy gouramis are perfectly fine on that tank size, though the kuhlies need a 20 long and a large group. Some good bottom dwellers for a 10:

Rosy loaches
Asian stone catfish
May take the KuhlI loaches back in that case. I was told they would be fine in a 10 gallon.
 

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Lindsay Huff said:
I’m very fond of platys, because they come in a ton of gorgeous colors and are super fun to watch! Mollys and sword tails are also fun! Just be careful that you get all of one gender, because platys and Molly’s are live bearers that are basically always pregnant lol
Do I remember correctly that some livebearers - guppies notably - can pass from being males to females? Does it happen with other livebearer species as well?
 

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Cold&warm said:
Do I remember correctly that some livebearers - guppies notably - can pass from being males to females? Does it happen with other livebearer species as well?
Guppies can change from female to male but not the other way around. Many saltwater fish can do it, including Clowns. Swordtail females can appear to be changing to male but they never do completely and are not able to breed as a male. I think it's only the guppies that can truly change gender and maybe some other less common aquarium fish like Endlers or mosquitofish. As far as I know Swordtails, Platies and Mollies can't do it.
 

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Jcahoon02 said:
Also, this is my first ever post! Tips appreciated.
Before ordering any type of fish I read the related article in Seriously Fish, which provides valuable information on water type, tank size and many other things one likes to know: .

For a 10 gallon many gouramis grow too large. The pygmy croaking gourami / (pygmy) sparkling gourami, Trichopsis pumila, is the smallest of three Trichopsis gouramI species - and if I am not mistaken, the smallest of all gouramis. It "fits" perfectly into a 10 gallon. The other two species, Trichopsis vittata and Trichopsis schalleri, [this is a different link and gives access to all 3 species] already need a larger tank.
They can make a characteristic sound that is probably unique in the fish world - see & hear at 0:20-0:21 of this video:
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As for aquarium plants, this database may prove helpful: .
If you click on the scientific name of each individual plant a new window opens up providing a wealth of information. [Clicking on the banners at the top left of the page one can choose between English and German.]

Good luck and enjoy your fish and plants!
 
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Hey guys! Quick update. Just got my gouramis (3) and a Malaysian trumpet snail! I was unable to find a place to take the kuhlis. They are staying for at least one more night.
 
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The gouramis are resting on the substrate. Is this normal behaviour given the travelling?
 

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