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victor - 2014-10-16
Hi I have a blue dwarf gourami which was introduced in my aquarium where i had 2 clown loaches and a sword tail, black tail. i have noticed that the sword tail nips at him when i've put him in and since then is just hiding on the bottom of the tank. Later i've introduced another red gourami ,but his behaviour is still the same,he's not coming up for feeding is just eating plants.Is there anything i can do to help him to become more sociable? please help me

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    Having plenty of plants and hiding places can help.
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gary clark - 2010-03-20
I brought 12 of these a few months ago, 6 flame red and 6 honey, the 6 flame red started to deteriorate after about a month, loosing most of their colour to a faint pink, i have since lost all of these apart from 2 (those 2 still very dull and weak) but the 6 yellow honeys couldnt be doing better. 3 are showing vibrant breeding colours and look perfectly healthy. so im not sure if the flame strain is a bit weaker or didnt like my water conditions, but i would deffo recomend the yellow honeys variety, lovley fish though very active and peaceful.

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  • Sherry - 2014-01-21
    I have one adult flame dwarf gourami which is a little territorial. My 2 dwarf honey gouramis hang together and seemed to have paled in their color. I have one royal neon blue dwarf gourami which always comes to glass on tank when I walk up, even when he has already eaten.. He seems to like me. lol. I have 2 young powder blue dwarf gouramis which hang together.All of them are males since the fish store did not keep females. So far no fighting. All eat well and were shy when first added to the tank.
  • Connor - 2014-10-15
    I have one Honey Gourami in my tank and she is a lovely fish and gets on with everyone in the tank. We have a female Gourami in the tank and she sometimes bullies her. We used to have two Honey Gourami's in our tank but one died but we don't know why. But these are lovely fish and I recommend that you have them.
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misty - 2014-10-13
I HAVE 4 opaline gourami's in a 45 gallon bamboo tank the biggest one has all others herded on left side the big one chases the rest if they come toward center they all seem healthy eat great but what can I put with them awful big space for only 4 fish.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-13
    Hey Misty, sounds like a great tanks and yes, a little slim with inhabitants. See the Social Behaviors section above for some great compatible fish:)
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Eric Boats Hardy - 2014-09-16
I have 4 Snake skins 2 have rounded and 2 have pointed dorsel fins. other then that they are almost identical but they are all lip locking with each other. they are in a 30gal tank the pet store said they would npt gro bihgeer the 2 to 3 inches they are almost past that now. any ideas?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    Well, these fish will generally reach between 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20 cm) in the aquarium. It sounds like you may have some fish interested in breeding, which can account for the lip-locking behavior.
  • Eric Boats Hardy - 2014-09-19
    so you saying the lip lock is male vs female or male vs male
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-21
    It's generally males that fight to establish territory, but I have seen female gouramis get aggressive at times too. Don't know who's tusselling in your tank.
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ola - 2014-09-02
When i started with my tank i first got 2-3 mollies, guppies, neon tetras, one algie eater and one male dwarf gourami. When i put my fish in the tank i observed my gourami for a couple of days and it was hiding in the corner all the time, so i told my parents about whats hapening with my gourami. One day i came back from school and i noticed a another gourami in the tank, from then on it seemed that everything was fine. But later that evening i noticed my guppy missing a chunk of a tail ,the gouramis attacked the weaker fish in the tank. I realised it was a male pair so i desided to give back the pair to the pet store. More than 2 years later i decided that i want another pair but a male and a female. Am i going to have the same problem please help !!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
    It's hard to say what will happen. Check out the Social Behaviors section on this page, it has some ideas about tankmates and aggression.
  • ola - 2014-09-17
    Thank you very much for your help ola
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shirley - 2014-03-29
My kissing fish keep having babies and then eat them all. I am so distressed with this. Am I doing something wrong? I am about to get rid of my tank.

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  • Dhobbs23 - 2014-08-18
    Yes, if your fish are breeding, you need to sperate the parents from the eggs as soon as they lay them. I don't know of any fish that will not eat their own offspring given the opportunity. If you are actually trying to breed them, then a) you should have dinner more research first, and b) get a separate tank for breeding and move the parents back into your community tank once they have finished. Btw, have you figured out what you're going to do with the 100s-1000s of babies? However, if you didn't intend to breed them then I wouldn't worry about it. There is some nutritional value the parents receive from eating their young. If/when my fish breed on their own,I typically think of it as free food. I also have a few guppies in my tank for that purpose actually.
  • ola - 2014-09-02
    If you are not separating the parents from the young when they are born the parents will eat the fry because of their nutritional values .If you want to keep the fry simply buy a fish hachery which costs about 5 quid or get a different tank for the fry . When the fry are 4 months put them in your main tank That is what i did with my first couple of fry, now they are over 1 year old and they have their own babies. hope it helps :)
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shay - 2014-08-15
I have a powder blue gourami, I'm guessing it a boy since most walmarts don't sell females. I've got him in a ten gallon tank with three barbs, he's very peaceful, eats all the time and likes to swim all over the tank. I do have one barb that likes to nip at his fins every so often which leads to him trying to hide, but not a lot. My issue is on the bottom of his belly and the tip of the fin under his belly he has turned dark blue. I seen it before and it faded back to his normal silver/blue color but this time its been all day. He is still acting the same and eating the same I'm just worried it might not be normal.... What do I do please someone help me out. I've got it heated to 78_80. Got A little air stone filter. Lots of plants and hiding places I might feed him a bit but he's always looking for it on the bottom so I just feed him so he doesn't have to eat nasty stuff ....... I also did just change the tank water this morning cuz it was nasty

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-17
    It sounds like you're taking good care of him and he's eating,, so I wouldn't start worrying yet. He could have some stress due to the barbs.  It is best to keep barbs in groups of 7-8 so they spend their time nipping each other, and leave the other tankmates alone:)
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The Fish Guy - 2008-12-14
Bettas can be housed with different fish as long as you choose wisely and keep an eye on him/her for a few days. Fin nippers like some rasboras, some tetras, some danios and barbs, especially tiger barbs, should not be housed with males and sometimes females. Angelfish, fancy guppies, black and white skirt tetras, mollies, other labyrinth fish, small fancy goldfish and schools of neon tetras may cause male bettas to flare or attack them because of they might have the right colours or fins, but this is only true for the really aggressive male betta. My betta has all of those fish in his tank and he leaves them unharmed because he's not that aggressive. Females can be housed with all most any other fish but the males are not as easy to put into a community tank, but that does not mean it's impossible. If they are put into a community, the tank must be heated because without their heater they will be an easy target for any fish. They are slower in cold water and not as healthy. One male and one or more females can be housed together if they is enough hiding places and the tank is big enough, but sometimes the male will kill her if given the chance. It is also not impossible to keep more than on male in the tank, but they are best housed with only them self and no other male. I once kept two males together and they were fine. There was no fighting or killing but there was flaring.

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  • Jacob - 2014-07-30
    hi, I'm Jacob my betta is with 2 black snails and my betta he's happy. My
    snails are eating alge.

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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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  • 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
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