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Anonymous - 2012-11-03
Hi, I recently got back into fish-keeping after a few years out, and have a 75gallon setup. It is now established and working well. About a month ago, I added a pair of small (2 to 3 inch) golden gouramis. The male was always a little bit of a bully, but never really hurt anything. One morning, I came down and the female was dead. No real signs of damage, so I put it down to a little back luck. Earlier today, I replaced the female with a new one. She is bigger, and had good spirit when in the shop. After introducing her, she is being mercilessly chased and bitten on the body just in front of her tail. Does anyone know if this is an example of typical behavior? Or am I looking at something else? Many thanks Keith

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-03
    That is not typical of these fish.  How are water levels?
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-04
    Thanks for your rely, and the confirmation of what I had suspected. Not normal behavior. The water is generally very good, using ammonia and 8 component test strips. Ammonia did go a little high recently, but have vacuumed the bottom, treated with ammonia neutralizing agent and done partial water change. Letting settle a bit. None of the fish seem distressed in any way, and the bullying is tearing the females fins. I was thinking of isolating the male for a little, to see if that would help.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-04
    You may just have a really foul tempered male.  You can try to add a couple more females to the mix.  Might spread out it's aggression and not be to bad.
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kelle - 2012-10-28
i have two praise gourami's one male and one female..they have had very weird behaviour the last four days one has sat on the bottom of the tank amongst some weed and the other directly above it ..now they are both together at the top of the tank hiding in the corner..i think one of them might be pregnant? does anyone have any info on them laying eggs how long does it take what to look for?is this behaviour normal?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-28
    Any signs of the female building a bubble nest?
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Linda Hester Lopez - 2012-10-03
When I was a kid my dad bred blue paradise gouramis and sold them to local pet stores. Twenty years later I have become a fish fanactic with 9 active tanks running each with different species. I live near Corpus Christi, TX and aquatic pet shops are scarce. I was asked one of my regular shop owners to order me some paradise fish with their next order and they did. I am more than excited to follow in my dads footsteps in breeding these beautiful fish. And boy did I save a LOT of money by doing this! I've been considering buying them online at a cost of $5-7 each plus around $30 shipping, however when I went to pick them up at the fish shop I paid $1.95 each!! I am blessed! :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-04
    Good going - and good luck.
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john - 2011-12-12
Hi, I found this really neat fish on thatpetplace.com called the south american leaf fish and the banded leaf fish, I was wondering how to breed these fish and if I could keep them with bettas in a heavely planted tank.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-12-15
    You could probably keep female bettas with those other fish, but a male betta would kill it as soon as it found it.
  • David Brough - 2012-01-26
    Actually, Bettas are not aggressive to other kinds of fish at all, a leaf fish would be fine with a betta.
  • Kait - 2012-04-18
    Actually they are aggressive fish. The male is anyway. Females for the most part are peaceful. The male will violently tear the other fish apart literally. That's kinda why they are called 'fighting fish'.
  • Rachel - 2012-09-30
    Actually, male betta are only aggressive to other male bettas, and sometimes other brightly colored fish like fancy guppies. They're mostly peaceful with other species as long as they don't mistake them for another male betta. I have one in my community tank with mollies and angelfish.
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Kathy Baker - 2012-06-16
Are Dwarf Gourami algae eaters like the Kissing gourami?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-16
    They will pick at algae.  Not as much as Kissing but they will eat it.
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sarah - 2010-02-26
I have owned a few of these beauties but I'm having a hard time finding them at from my local pet stores , I hope to one day to own few again for my tanks.

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  • Darrell Womack - 2011-05-30
    Sarah, I live in the Dominican Republic and I have lots of the Paradise
    Gouramis. I wish I could find someome to buy these and other tropical fish
    we have. Good luck
  • Barbara Mathews - 2011-08-13
    Hi Darrell, I remember you from several years ago when we were on Antipas forum. We both bailed out at the same time realizing the apostasy and spiritual deception was rampant on that forum. I appreciated your wisdom and experience. I hope you're still growing in the LORD and being blessed in all you do. Hope you find buyers for your tropicals as well. The economy up here in the states is struggling as you well know.

    E-mail me some time if you get a chance.

    God bless you and your wife,

    Barb

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spencer - 2010-11-21
I keep 2 dwarf gouramis and doing alright in my 40 litres planted tank but now I feel like moving them to my 12 gallon tank with the plants and my other fishes:tiger barbs, clown loaches, bala sharks, kuhli loaches, rainbow shark, sterba's cories, dwarf otoes, rocket shrimps, chinese algae eaters and leopard sailfin plecoes.

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  • meldawgal - 2011-01-30
    12 gallons for all those fish?
  • fish boy - 2012-05-30
    You need a much larger tank for all those fish. Bala sharks get up to a foot long.
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Revli - 2008-01-18
I have kept 3 of the snakeskin gouramis. It is so beautiful indeed. One of the things I like most from this gourami is that they can watch themselves greatly. I mixed them in my aquarium with an electric yellow cichild (lemon), electric blue cichild, red zebra, flame dwarf gourami, and I even mixed them with a fire belly salamender.

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DL - 2006-01-19
I just got my balloons today. They are by far my favorite fish and I have been wanting them for a long long time. They are quite shy right now obviously and hiding in a corner.

These fish can live very very long. Regular kissers can live over 20 years. I have heard of someone with a pair that are 15/16" and 20/21 years old. The ballons are supposed to be smaller, maxing at around 8" or so. A large tank of at least 40g is needed. They are very intelligent fish and I'm looking forward getting to know mine better.

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Adam - 2010-02-03
I read a comment about the snake skin chasing the pearl gourami. Not always the case I keep 5 snake skins 3 adult and 2 babies. With 3 adult pearl gouramis and they get along just fine I don't think they even take notice to them. It is a great community tank with mates such as, spotted raphael catfish, bumble bee catfish, mickey mouse plattys, black skirt tetra, and two shubunkin goldfish in a 30 gallon long tank . I don't think any of them have ever fought with one another. This just goes to show all you fish enthusiasts don't be afraid to try different community fish just be careful and pay attention the first few days to make sure all will be well. I have found introducing new fish while the tank light is off seems to help them and the other fish accept the new fish to the aquarium.

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