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Lori - 2011-08-29
I have had 5 Powder Blue Gouramis and they looked good, but they start to get thin and then die. They are eating, don't show signs of disease, then they get listless and die with in days. I have a healthy 55 gallon tank, lots of plants and hiding places. I have Angels, Parrots, Kissing Gouramis, Tetras and Barbs. They all seem to get along, with some spats, but nothing constant. Any suggestions?

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  • Harry - 2012-01-23
    How big is your angel? I have gourami and angel mixed tank and to begin with it was a struggle angels at time can be very aggressive
    Especially when fully grown!!
  • daryl - 2012-02-16
    I have the same problem and the same size tank. My other dwarf Gouramis do great just the powder blues are having a problem.. Wonder what is going on no signs of disease.
  • ben - 2013-07-14
    Hello we got a powder blue dwarf gourami a week ago and everything was fine until earlier today it seems to be having problems staying a float... side fins and tail fin was going like 90 miles an hour and it was barely moving and looked like it was breathing hard or having trouble breathing. And it looks like its tail fin is deformed or something like its tail fin and under belly fin are all in one... we have a red dwarf gourami for a month or more now and it's just fine and looks normal.
  • Linda - 2014-07-28
    I had to stop buying the dwarf gouramis, especially the powder blue ones, which I love. I was told that there is a specific disease that the dwarf gouramis get with some regularity and there was nothing to do about it. They have a weakness for it and when they developed the dwarfs of some of these, they would most often end up with it. A local pet store chain told me she hadn't heard that, but she wasn't well trained either. I decided to wait until someone figured out how to breed these fish without this disease shortening their life. Sorry I am no help except to say, about everyone that has them has told me the same thing although I haven't checked lately to see if these has been any progress.
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Rebecca Gardner - 2014-07-26


my betta keeps stalking my coreys , its worse when i feed all the fish in the tank i give the other fish flakes and the coreys wafers, he will also pinch there food [ last picture] i had one of my coreys for a few years along with the danios , tetras etc .. i bought my betta along with the other two catfish around 6 months ago, i dont think he actually attacks them but he will stalk them no matter where they are in the tank , is this something to be worried about and would he attack them at a later point , should i seperate them any advise would be great , there is some photos i have attatched to show his behaviour thank you 

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  • David Brough - 2014-07-26
    Woah... nice looking betta! As far as aggression is concerned, Ive never seen a betta go after any other fish except female bettas. Id chalk it up to interesting behaviour and not worry about him actually harming other fish. Keep an eye out though!
  • Rebecca Gardner - 2014-07-26
    thank you david for your reply , i have had bettas in the past before this one he was lovely royal blue colour, he wasnt at all a bother this one though his oddly strange, he spends his whole time just stalking my catfish , well all i can hope is this is him just being curious, i have got an hospital tank anyway at present it houses my black skirt tetra, was not sure if the tetra would start nipping at the bettas tail or vice versa so thought best to remove him to seperate tank, anyway thankyou once again x
  • David Brough - 2014-07-27
    Woah... best photo of all. Beautiful fish
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Shafeeq Ahmed Shirgaonkar - 2012-11-22
My giant gourami is sick please help me. Hi friends I am Shafeeq, I am having a pair of giant gourami which are 1 & half feet long and almost 2yrs old. My giant gourami is sick please help me the male gourami has suddenly started to lie down on the bottom but when I make some knocking sound near him it swims. I am so worried about him. He has got a red mark on his body like some one has punched him, I dont know how it happened. After every hour it gets up and swim for few seconds and the again lies at the bottom. and while he swims up he just falls down just like he has more weight.. please give me some advice and guide me to make it healthy. My giant gourami is sick please help me.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-23
    Test your water.  If levels are fine, try feeding some frozen peas.  May be constipated.
  • Shafeeq Ahmed Shirgaonkar - 2012-11-24
    i will try. but it has never happened like this before. as keep changing water every monthly. thanks for your reply
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-11
    It happens to my fish too. . Check your ph. . . About 7 ph then white spot. It's because your fish is in stress the water is in super green water colour. . .
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-11
    It won't eat for  a week the scale will look better everyday.
  • Manikandan - 2014-07-21
    Don't worry man... Treat it with Seachem Paragaurd ... it works nicely for this disease ..
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Nicole Reilly - 2012-09-01
Giant Gourami in need of better parasite treatment..... HELP.... Any Suggestions

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    What kind of parasite? The most common parasite  is Ich (looks like salt sprinkled on the fish). My personal favorite Ich treatment is Aquarisol (a copper medicine).  It's great against a variety of parasites too, but is deadly to snails and scaleless fish. There are other Ich medications available as well, that will also have something to treat secondary bacterial/fungal infections that the parasite can cause. Another method is to slowly increase the tank temperature to about 83 - 84 degrees. Ich can't live at those temperatures. You do have to keep it high for at least 7 - 14 days, because you first kill the Ich you can see, but they are busy laying eggs. The eggs take 7 days to hatch and you'll want to eliminate the babies as well.  If using a medication, you also need to treat the tank for 7 - 14 days for the same reason.
  • Manikandan - 2014-07-21
    Most common disease is a red patch all over its body ,which will soon turn into hair like strings... i treated by gourami with Seachem Paragaurd , it works fantastic
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michael - 2010-04-14
I just bought two of these fish a couple weeks ago and it turns out I got a breeding pair... there are now over 100 fish in my tank! Really enjoy them but need to find a new home for most of them

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  • Jeannie - 2010-08-24
    Well they eat the young and where do you live you still have your fish?
  • Windy Page - 2014-07-06
    Do you have fry for sale?
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Animal-World info on Giant Red Tail Gourami
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Simon LEE - 2006-07-19
Hi to all giant red tail gourami keepers. i have keep this fish for 4 years. He likes to eat dried shrimp and pellets as well. Easy to keep if compared to an arowana. He can recognized his master after you keep it for some time. He likes to play much.

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  • Ashley Matherne - 2010-02-25
    How large has your red tail gourami grown in 4 years
  • zali - 2010-06-27
    I'd also like to share, we have few fish pools (300ft length on each pool)back at my inlaw's home.We breed Koi, Talapia, Giant gourami etc. We have estimated more than 30 of both black and red Giant Gourami (weighing 2-7kilos).
  • Windy Page - 2014-07-06
    He needs a confident non aggressive tank buddy. My red belly pacu's are gentle and kittens but if a new person enters the room they dash and hide if possible. But lately my feather fin catfish has taken ownership of every spot big enough for them to hide in!
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Jamie - 2014-07-01
MY female platinum Gourami keeps picking on my male golden Gourami. I don't know what to do to stop this, help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Gouramis are very territorial, and will often fight with each other. This is especially true when you have only two. Three work much better, so try adding a third. Also provide many hiding places with plants that reach up to the surface, so they aren't always in each others faces. Some folks even suggest water changes and mixing up the food you offer, but I'm not familiar with whether these will work or not.
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Beth - 2014-06-28
Hi, my husband and I have a kissing fish, and we have had this fish for 11 years! The fish has had no other tank mates, due to the other times we have tried to put other fish with it, it has become aggresive and they ended up hiding from the kissing fish and have died. I am just now reading up on this fish and didn't realize it needed such a large tank. We have a 10 gallon tank and the fish is rather large. Very mellow fish for the most part except when we tried to put other fish with it.

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hermie mistangin - 2013-08-16
I have a red tail giant gourami which I kept for over a year already. It's been kept in an aquarium 4ft x 2ft x 2ft. The aquarium is decorated simple with small pebbles on the aquarium base and a few rocks with ample lighting... the problem that I've encounter since day 1 is that my fish is so scared stiff. Whenever I approached the tank to feed, the fish will swim vigoruosly throughout the aquarium. I know that the giant gorrami could be very tame when you keep them for a long time. There are no other fishes that are sharing the aquarium at the moment. Could somebody please give a solution to my problem? Thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    You could try adding a lot of plants and maybe some swim-through logs. This might give him more of a sense of security and places to hide. Adding a companion fish might also help, but it might not. As long as he is eating and healthy, there is not much else you can do.
  • jack - 2014-06-21
    i suggest you put your fish pet on a bigger space like fish pond.cause i have this kind of fish for a long time.like 20 years.i heard that this fish has a life span of 50 years.imagine that.i have one w/c i kept for seven years and it grows to a size of 18 inches. but when a friend of took it and put i in a 120 gal. aguarium with a thickness of a half inch.it scare on day when it sow something and get scares and smash the half inch aguarium with his head and baaMM.the aguarium broke and he died. now i have two fish w/c i kept for six years now in a pond together with a variety of guppies.
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dharm vekariya - 2014-06-03
Hey guys I have giant gourami and it has tail rot, I gave him a treatment of EM but suddenly it has stopped eating what should I do... The following EM TREATMENT I HAVE GIVEN (Erythromicin ( EM ), first dose 1 tablet for every 19 lit of water, 24 hours later 1 tab for every 38 lit of water, after 3 days do a 25% water change and continue treatment for at least 5 days more.)

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