Dwarf gourami are a risk. This species has been known to carry a virus that like all viruses is not treatable. You need to know the source of the fish (meaning where they were raised, not the store) and as this is sometimes impossible to find out, best to avoid the species. The Honey Gourami is similar, and less temperamental too, so have a look at those online. You may not always find every fish in a store, but the fish may appear periodically, so working out what you would like and then acquiring them as you find them is OK.just shopping near by aquariums.. so i will have to keep in mind only to look for tetras and goruami mostly..
i found Neon tetras look good and then Dwarf Gourami, red minor tetra and
Thank you very much i have no words other than praising your dexterity and creativity. i do see you used sand and i am not able to see any substrate in the tank..and are all those live plants ? they are so healthy. I did some reading people advising to add Potassium Nitrate,Potassium Mono Phosphate,Seachem Equilibrium Or Seachem Flourish Alone. Right now i am only using Flourish and Flourish tabs.On the wood, if you can find Malaysian Driftwood, it sinks immediately. And the tannins are not as bad as some other woods, though as Colin said these are not at all harmful. Malaysian Driftwood is very dark brown, and being natural every piece is different. You can get chunks with tunnels and crevices, and these are always good as some fish, especially substrate fish, like them.
I'll attach a photo of my present 70g Amazon stream tank, when it was set-up with no fish two years ago, just to show all the wood and what you can do with it. In the corners are standing chunks representing tree trunks, useful for covering filter tubes and heaters (you leave some space behind the wood), other chunks are laid out in the same direction which replicates a stream.
i have been going around Pet super stores and collecting the fishes they have..and trying to find the Honey gourami as suggested..but no luck yet..Have you decided on your fish yet? I know you were thinking of Tetra or Rasbora. Most of those come from what is know as "black water" and the tannin would create a more authentic feel.
Note that black water is not the same as dirty water , it is in fact very clean but either flows through heavily wooded areas or has a peat substrate.
Thank you. The substrate is plain play sand, nothing else; I have experimented over the years, but play sand provides the most useful and beneficial substrate for fish and plants. Those are all live plants. Today, two years later, some are enormous, some have been removed. I only add Flourish Comprehensive Supplement, about half the suggested dose, once a week. Any more and I have serious algae issues. I do also use Flourish Tabs, one next to each of the larger sword plants, replaced every 2-3 months. These allow me to reduce the liquid Flourish which helps with algae control and prevents too much getting into the fish. Any additive to the water gets inside the fish, and this should be kept as minimal as possible.Thank you very much i have no words other than praising your dexterity and creativity. i do see you used sand and i am not able to see any substrate in the tank..and are all those live plants ? they are so healthy. I did some reading people advising to add Potassium Nitrate,Potassium Mono Phosphate,Seachem Equilibrium Or Seachem Flourish Alone. Right now i am only using Flourish and Flourish tabs.
You have a 20g tank, so you do not want any of these gourami. Some get huge, most are aggressive and need more space for that. The two dwarf (red fire and powder blue) are varieties of the dwarf gourami. I do not know how much the iridovirus affects the varieties of this species, but I would be careful.Opaline gourami
Red fire dwarf
Powder blue dwarf
Sunset thick up
No to the red minor tetra, this is the Serpae Tetra and a fin nipper unless a large group (10-12) in a 30 gallon tank minimum. Black skirt gets too large and can be nippy too. Buenos Aires same. Bloodfin tetra is OK for size, but it would be the only upper fish as it tends to fin nip and thus needs a group of 10-12. That alone would work if you like. "Lampeye" I am assuming is the Beacon or red eye tetra, mentioned earlier I recall, it should have a longer tank.Long finned red minor tetra
Long finned black skirt
Orange von Rio flame
White finned rosy
Buenos Aires tetra
i have ordered these bothWhat sort of gravel cleaner did you order? You only want a basic model like the one in the following link.
The super flash fancy gravel vacuums are no better and only cost more money than the basic model.
If you have a big tank you can make a gravel cleaner out of a 1.5 or 2 litre plastic coke bottle and a length of clear plastic hose from the hardware. You cut the base off the bottle and stick the hose on the top where the cap normally goes, and you have a big gravel cleaner
You might have to get the shop to specifically order in honey dwarf gouramis because most shops don't carry them because they aren't as bright and colourful as normal dwarf gouramis. Just have a chat to the shop and see if they can order a pr in for you. If they can't then ring a few other shops and ask if they can order a pr in for you.
The normal honey dwarf gourami is the best looking out of the honey dwarf mutations, in my opinion.