Welcome to Our Community

Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.

Centrepiece Fish

Discussion in 'Gouramis and Anabantoids' started by dayzofspeed, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. dayzofspeed

    dayzofspeed Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Messages:
    1,200
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Leigh, Lancs
    i have a quite peaceful community set up based around tetras and was toying with the idea of maybe getting a gourami as a centrepiece, i have just a couple of questions, which gourami would you reccommend in this situation and secondly would i be ok with just one fish or do they do better in a group
     
  2. guppybreeder1

    guppybreeder1 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2010
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    0
    your probabley better with more than two gouramis
    i think blue gouramis would look the best i dont know how well they would get on with the tetras but my mixed gouramis are fine with my malawi's :fish:
     
  3. Carlovel1

    Carlovel1 & Oddballs

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    4,675
    Likes Received:
    0
    Tank size?
     
  4. james_fish

    james_fish Chuck, Leader Of Ze People.

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2009
    Messages:
    2,024
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    UK
    A pair of Honey's would go nice, pending on tank size and tank mates.

    James.
     
  5. dayzofspeed

    dayzofspeed Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Messages:
    1,200
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Leigh, Lancs
    its a 240l tank and contains 9 neon, 6 head&tail light and 6 lemon tetras, 10 zebra danios, 10 copper harlequin and 4 scissortail rasboras. there is also a single dwarf neon rainbow a bigspot sailfin pleco and 2 clown loaches, the plec and the loaches are going to be re homed in the near future as i now know they are going to need a bigger tank, will be upsetting to see our plec go as we have become quite attached to him, the missus will be really upset as she considers him her fish but i keep telling her he cant stay indefinately
     
  6. guppybreeder1

    guppybreeder1 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2010
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    0
    if you want a smaller pleco i recommend a bristlenose pleco they dont grow very big :good:
     
  7. dayzofspeed

    dayzofspeed Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Messages:
    1,200
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Leigh, Lancs
    yeah i know
     
  8. VaegaVic

    VaegaVic Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2009
    Messages:
    941
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Essex, England
    Say whaaa?
     
  9. Carlovel1

    Carlovel1 & Oddballs

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    4,675
    Likes Received:
    0
    There are loads of gouramis but my favourite Gourami has to be the Snakeskin Gourami. :drool:
    There is simply no other fish that matches their personality. And while they may not have a lot of colour, they are fantastic uncommon gourami. And it can be kept singly. It is one of the most peaceful gourami species out there, they are not bullys like Pearl, Opaline (blue, gold, moonlight) and Dwarf Gourami can be.
    Carl
     
  10. dayzofspeed

    dayzofspeed Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Messages:
    1,200
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Leigh, Lancs
    my lfs has snakeskins in stock at the moment, and they can be kept singly? thats interesting
     
  11. Carlovel1

    Carlovel1 & Oddballs

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    4,675
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yep, I definitely recommend you go for them if your LFS has them. They are normally around £5 each :good:
     
  12. L4byr1nth

    L4byr1nth Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2010
    Messages:
    141
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Brighton, UK
    Gah! What LFS is this?!

    None of mine have Snakeskins, although I went today and the LFS nearest me said they could order them in for me. They also had quite a selection - Pearls (may go for one of these if I can't wait for Snakeskins to come in!), Blue, Honey, etc.

    Ben.
     
  13. dayzofspeed

    dayzofspeed Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Messages:
    1,200
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Leigh, Lancs
    dont think these are that much but im not 100% sure

    Amazon aquatics in Leigh nr Manchester
     
  14. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Messages:
    453
    Likes Received:
    0

    all gouramis can be kept singly. its a common misconception that they should be in groups. in fact, i think they're much better off singly unless you have a strong desire to breed them. gouramis generally just don't like eachother. lots of chasing, lots of nipping, no love. and they definitely don't gain any sense of security by being with other members of their species.

    my understanding is that even in the wild most gourami species would never pal around in schools or even pairs... they are essentially solitary fish.

    for the size tank you have a snakeskin gourami is the perfect centerpiece. they can get up to 8 inches and despite their size they're significantly less aggressive than other gouramis. the fact that your lfs actually has them in stock is even better, they really aren't that common. i say go for it.
     
  15. Carlovel1

    Carlovel1 & Oddballs

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    4,675
    Likes Received:
    0
    Just want to add that some gouramis are shoaling species. It tends to be the smaller, rarer species such as Chocolate Gourami and eyespot gouramis that tend to shoal.
     

Share This Page