Stocking With Sparkling Gouramis

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Piaelliott, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. PiaelliottWell Known MemberMember

    I am thinking about setting up a 20 gal long with
    6-8 Sparkling Gouramis ((Trichopsis pumila)
    12 Chili Rasboras (Borara brigittae)

    Any idea for a bottom dweller? Kuhlis would be perfect but I already have them in my 40 gallon.
  2. KinsKicksFishlore VIPMember


    Firstly, that is way overstocking a 20 gallon with that many gouramis! They are territorial and youre pushing two in a 20 gallon if they happen to have peaceful personalities. You can only really have 1 for that size and they can grow.
    As for the rasboras, a tank of 12 should be fine as they are small and school. (Do you plan on putting both species in the tank?)

    Hope this helps and best of luck!

  3. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    I think 6-8 would be fine. Are you confusing them with dwarf gouramis?

  4. KinsKicksFishlore VIPMember

    Ack! Sorry, I jumped the gun on the dwarf v pygmies! Then yes, 6-8 should be fine.

  5. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Maybe six false juliis?
  6. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    Do you want to stick to tiny fish? If so Asian stone catfish might work as bottom dwelers
  7. PiaelliottWell Known MemberMember

    Haha, can you tell I like tiny fish? :) I'd like to have Asian stone catfish but they like it cooler unfortunately. I was thinking I need 25 C for the Sparkling Gouramis which would be fine with the boraras as well.
    Yep, the names can be so confusing with Gouramis, that's why I added the Latin name :)
  8. KimberlyGFishlore VIPMember

    Wow, those are cool. (I've never seen them in stores)
  9. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    Ah sorry! I don't know of any other that would work other than kuhli loaches, cories or shrimp
  10. KinsKicksFishlore VIPMember

    Maybe ottos (can be delicate tho) or corydas? They're small-ish
  11. PiaelliottWell Known MemberMember

    My LFS has them, makes it difficult not to get them but unfortunately they prefer cold water :(
  12. PiaelliottWell Known MemberMember

    I think probably Corydoras but I am not sold yet. Maybe another fish I didn't consider will show up.
    Otto's are not really bottom dwellers :)
  13. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember


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