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Setting Up Community Fish Tank, Care and Breeding

When I was a newbie in fishkeeping hobby, I started with community fish. Community fish are the kinds of fish that stay together in groups like molly, guppy, tetra, gourami, cichlids and others. They are generally peaceful and love to share with others in the tank.

Although community fish stay together in groups, there are certain kinds of community fish that can be kept together with other kinds of community fish like mollies and guppies, barbs and tetras, gold fish and bala sharks. On the other hand, although cichlids are also considered as community fish but they are quite aggressive that they cannot be mixed with other kinds of community fish.

Setting Up a Community Tank

If planning to set up a community aquarium, the tank must be big enough to accommodate the number of fish planned to keep. Small to medium sized gravel and sands are appropriate. Plants are also required, these will serve as hiding place for fish that are chased and bullied. It is also important to have proper water filter to keep the water in good condition. There must be oxygen and right temperature of the water.

Food

Community fish’s food depends on what kind the fish are. However, most of the community fish eat most of the fish food from pellets to flakes to live fish food like brine shrimps and worms.

Breeding

Some of the community fish are live bearers like molly, guppy, and platys, and others are egg layers. Molly, guppy and platy are easy to breed. Once the females are fertile, they would just give birth. They eat their kids so make sure to notice if there are pregnant fish and separate them and monitor when they will give birth. When they give birth, separate the kids from the mother as soon as possible to avoid from being eaten.

Gourami: Types, Care and Breeding

I have Gourami fish for more than a year now, and I can say that they are one of the easiest fish to care. They are peaceful and also graceful.

gourami-fish

I have 3 Gourami, two are pictured above. They are three-spot Gourami although two have a yellowish-shade compared to the other one which is light blue. I had gold Gourami before but it died after being with us for almost a year.

gourami-with-cichlids-and-parrotfish

Although many will oppose, I have my 3 Gourami living with African cichlids, Red Devil, and Parrot fish. ¬†This is rare to mix gourami with cichlids because cichlids are territorial and aggressive, however we were able to find a system of introducing these fishes so that they’ll not attack each other.

Gourami Types

There are many types of gourami however the popular gourami for aquarists are Banded Gourami, Blue Gourami, Chocolate Gourami, Dwarf Gourami, Honey Gourami, Kissing Gourami, Moonlight Gourami, Opaline Gourami, Pearl Gourami, Powder Blue Gourami, Red Gourami, Snakeskin Gourami, Sunset Gourami, Thick lipped Gourami, Three-Spot Gourami, and Giant Gourami.

Gourami Care

Gourami fish are hardy fish however like any other fish, they also need proper care. Place gourami with similar sized community fish. The water temperature can be from 74 Р79 F (24 Р26 C) and water should be neutral to slightly acidic . Fine to medium-sized substrate and live plants can be put in the tank. Male gourami are quite aggressive so keep a ratio of 1:3 male to female in a tank. Gourami eat almost anything, so any fish food is fine but make sure to give a balance diet.

Gourami Breeding

Gourami are egglayers. They build bubble nest on the water, so if planning for breeding gourami, prepare the water condition and temperature. Floating plant with big leaf is advisable to keep too much light out and to hold the bubblenest and prevent them from breaking due to water movement.

Although I was successful to mix my gourami with cichlid, parrot fish, and red devil, I do not recommend for others to do so.