Stocking With Sparkling Gouramis

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

  1. Piaelliott

    Piaelliott Well Known Member Member

    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. KinsKicks

    KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    Hello!

    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. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

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




  4. KinsKicks

    KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

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

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    Maybe six false juliis?
     
  6. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

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

    Piaelliott Well Known Member Member

    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. KimberlyG

    KimberlyG Fishlore VIP Member

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

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

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

    KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    Maybe ottos (can be delicate tho) or corydas? They're small-ish
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Piaelliott

    Piaelliott Well Known Member Member

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

    Piaelliott Well Known Member Member

    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. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member





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