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Sparkling Gourami

Hi all,

I just added a couple of these fellas to my planted 5g. I remember having one a long time ago but at the time I don't think I properly understood how to care for it. I've done research and they seem happy, they love the plants. Have been feeding baby brine and daphnia. Jut wondering if anyone can share some tips, experiences, or any valuable info on keeping these guys happy and healthy.

Thanks!
 

FreshyFresh

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I've got nothing to add other than it sounds like a nice little setup and I've never seen sparkling gourami for sale. Lucky find or did you get them from a fish group or auction?
 

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I use to have them too. From my experience, the males did not get along. I hope you got only 1 or no males.
PS--I think the 5gal is too small for them. A 15 or 20gal would be better.
 
I use to have them too. From my experience, the males did not get along. I hope you got only 1 or no males.
PS--I think the 5gal is too small for them. A 15 or 20gal would be better.
Really? These things are like 3/4 inch at the most, and supposedly only hit 1 -1.5 inches. Half the time I can't even find them in the tank because they're happily hanging out in the plants (heavily planted) but they also aren't shy about coming out and exploring. So far, so good, they seem to get along great.
 

FreshyFresh

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Sounds like you've answered your own question in regards to keeping them happy an healthy.

Great water parameters, live plants, healthy foods to name a few.
 
Really? These things are like 3/4 inch at the most, and supposedly only hit 1 -1.5 inches. Half the time I can't even find them in the tank because they're happily hanging out in the plants (heavily planted) but they also aren't shy about coming out and exploring. So far, so good, they seem to get along great.
I think maybe they are thinking of an opaline gourami? I agree the pygmies/sparkling should be fine in your tank. The sexes are something to watch out for though, for sure.
 
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