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Gourami - My Hair Algae Solution Or Aggressive Neighbor?

Discussion in 'Gouramis and Anabantoids' started by SirGoodFish, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. SirGoodFish

    SirGoodFish Member

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    Hello all,

    I am setting up a 6.6 gallon aquarium which will ultimately be home to a few killifish (Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri lafia goldform). As I fishlessly cycle the aquarium I notice that it is really growing plentiful hair algae. It is right near a window so it doesn't surprise me. I can't really move it since there is only one spot that is out of the way for the tank.

    Anyway, why not make use of the algae? I started researching and wondered if I could place 1 gourami in there. Since they're labyrinth fish I figured they might be fine in small quarters. The Dwarf Gourami reportedly likes eating hair algae and reportedly grows just to 2 inches. The Sparkling Gourami is even smaller - is it a better choice?

    Anyway, I think either would be great fun. However, would a single gourami be too aggresive with the other fish? Is there anything else I should consider?

    Thanks for your thoughts.
    Sir Good Fish
     
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    I would say that tank is too small for a DG. A sparkling would work though.
     
  3. SirGoodFish

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    Thank you for your note. Can you tell me more? For example, is the Sparkling Gourami peaceful? And in your experience does it eat green hair algae? Also I am led to believe that a Sparkling Gourami is happy when kept as the only one of its kind. Is that true?

    Oh - and I found these links that seems to confirm that a small tank size is OK for the Sparkling Gourami:
    http://www.fishlore.com/aquariummagazine/feb09/sparkling-gourami.htm
    http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/profiles/sparkling-gourami/
     
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    Yeah as mentioned probs a little small for dwarf gourami, and my DG is around 4inches long, and the females around 3. Although i'm not sure if i have had some freek tap water at one point as all my oldest fish are pretty big... bigger than generally published max sized, eg platy nearly 5inch, neons 2inch i had some zebra danios from the same batch which i have since sold to restock that where 3inch....

    What about some dwarf otto catfish?
     
  5. SirGoodFish

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    Thanks for all the great comments. Looks like a Dwarf Gourami is out. And I am open to adding a Sparkling Gourami.

    But does the Sparkling Gourami eat Hair Algae? Thoughts?
     
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    I have a honey gourami and he eats hair algea but not enough to make a noticeable diffrence except from more poo on the sand.
     
  7. SirGoodFish

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    By any chance can anyone confirm that a Sparkling Gourami would be able to eat hair algae? So far it remains unconfirmed.
     
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    onidrase Let's Be Friends

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    I've never seen gouramis make a huge difference in terms of hair algae. I'd skip buying the gourami and invest in a brush to scrub it off instead.
     
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