Sparkling gouramis and honey gouramis

HakeyrKelly

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So I have 2 sparkling gouramis in a 7 gallon tank, and one has been eating all the food and the other, so now I've gotten them up to around the same size and I've been cycling a 10 gallon for them and some pygmy Cories.

I also have a 20 gallon that holds 2 honey gouramis and 8 rummynose tetras ( also currently 6 pygmy Cory's but they're going to the 10 g )

Would I be able to house both gouramis together? My honeys aren't huge, it'll just give the sparkling gourami's a bit more space, as I don't really want to get any more since they aren't my favorite fish. Thanks.

The 20 gal is reasonably planted
 

AcornTheBetta

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jinjerJOSH22?
 

Mansoboy

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IME depend on individuals.

I have 3 HG and 5 PG in a community planted 44g long tank and don't interact much. Honeys are more calm, some chase from time to time, but no nipping. Male pygmys have stronger character and are more territorial, they had some fight with nipping fins while breeding but nothing more.

It's a 20g long or high?
 
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HakeyrKelly

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Mansoboy said:
IME depend on individuals.

I have 3 HG and 5 PG in a community planted 44g long tank and don't interact much. Honeys are more calm, some chase from time to time, but no nipping. Male pygmys have stronger character and are more territorial, they had some fight with nipping fins while breeding but nothing more.

It's a 20g long or high?
It's a taller tank, are sparkling gouramis pygmys? Not sure on sex, if I were to add them and try them, how long would I have to monitor? Worried I'll come back to dead fish.
 

Mansoboy

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I think pygmy and sparkling gouramis are the same (not 100% sure). Sexing PG is a real challenge, some had succes looking with a strong light through the fish for the female reproduction organs (kind of a triangle near stomach.

About monitoring, I would look especially the first 2-3 hours. In case there is no aggressive situations, then monitor daily for ripped fins or aggressive fights. Some chasing is to be expected until they find their territory.

I would also monitor especially during breeding, after female release the eggs the male will defend the territory with passion (my honey gourami nips my finger!)
 
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Lucy

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Trichopsis pumilus (sparkling), Trichopsis vittata (croaking), Trichopsis schalleri (three stripe) are all diminutive gouramis. Very often confused with one another and mostly all sold as sparkling or croaking or pygmy.

*Disclaimer: I don't know the scientific names by heart or claim to know the differences. I had to look way back in my notes from when I kept them and noticed one was not like the other.

When searching on line, many forums or websites get it wrong as well. Fishbase might be a good place to look. My original reference site is gone now
 

Joshaeus

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Lucy said:
Trichopsis pumilus (sparkling), Trichopsis vittata (croaking), Trichopsis schalleri (three stripe) are all diminutive gouramis. Very often confused with one another and mostly all sold as sparkling or croaking or pygmy.

*Disclaimer: I don't know the scientific names by heart or claim to know the differences. I had to look way back in my notes from when I kept them and noticed one was not like the other.

When searching on line, many forums or websites get it wrong as well. Fishbase might be a good place to look. My original reference site is gone now
They're all small for sure, but croaking gouramies are more than twice the size of sparklers and are almost as large as a paradise fish (not sure about three stripes)
 
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Lucy

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Joshaeus said:
They're all small for sure, but croaking gouramies are more than twice the size of sparklers and are almost as large as a paradise fish (not sure about three stripes)
ah, thanks, it's been a while since I kept or researched them.
 

jinjerJOSH22

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HakeyrKelly said:
So I have 2 sparkling gouramis in a 7 gallon tank, and one has been eating all the food and the other, so now I've gotten them up to around the same size and I've been cycling a 10 gallon for them and some pygmy Cories.

I also have a 20 gallon that holds 2 honey gouramis and 8 rummynose tetras ( also currently 6 pygmy Cory's but they're going to the 10 g )

Would I be able to house both gouramis together? My honeys aren't huge, it'll just give the sparkling gourami's a bit more space, as I don't really want to get any more since they aren't my favorite fish. Thanks.

The 20 gal is reasonably planted
Hi, so I don't think you would have any issues housing Honeys with Sparklers, which are sometimes sold as "Pygmy croakers" being the smallest of the croaking Gourami.

The two things I would be concerned with is the Tetra's outcompeting and being generally too boisterous for the Sparklers. Secondly the Sparklers themselves, they can be pretty aggressive towards each other when kept in low numbers, I recommend keeping a minimum of 10 to avoid this.
 
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HakeyrKelly

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jinjerJOSH22 said:
Hi, so I don't think you would have any issues housing Honeys with Sparklers, which are sometimes sold as "Pygmy croakers" being the smallest of the croaking Gourami.

The two things I would be concerned with is the Tetra's outcompeting and being generally too boisterous for the Sparklers. Secondly the Sparklers themselves, they can be pretty aggressive towards each other when kept in low numbers, I recommend keeping a minimum of 10 to avoid this.
Yeah I've put them in and they're settling in fine. I did notice the tetras were a little pushy with food. Will keep an eye on it. Thank you!
 

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