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150 Gallon: New Arrivals and Feeding Frenzy

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Published on Dec 20, 2012

One of the things about this tank that has been bugging me is how my two Gourami are simply so skittish. Once I removed the second Pearl, and the female Moonlight they both became little cowards. Over time this became kind of dangerous for the Moonlight who would spook at every little thing earning him his name "Spook".

So the challenge became finding some sort of Dither Fish that can work with the current stock. I wanted something that would be tall enough to not easily be seen as food by any of the other fish in the tank. Someone on a forum I frequent mentioned Rainbow Fish. Unfortunately I could not get bigger adults but these ones are just big enough to avoid being seen as food.

My intention was to QT these guys (all 6) in another tank but the Betta in there decided he didn't want anything to do with it. So I put them into the big tank where they were intended and ran a full strength dose of medication just in case. At first the big moonlight, Spook was absolutely thrilled. He took on almost a protective role. Then he began to chase them a bit in a display of dominance. Today things haves settled, they survived the first night and they are happy to eat the thawed Daphinia that was picked up for them.

Really hope these guys work long term. There are two species here. One is the Turquoise and I got one male, and two females. The other is Bosemani. I was not able to sex these three. For now I start with six, down the road I will probably add more of both species if they all settle in well.

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