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Nicole Reilly - 2012-08-20
HELP!! Our Giant Gourami is in bad shape. He has the pine cone effect & is no longer eating, which it looks to be 'Dropsy'. Our big guy 'Tiny' loved to eat bananas. I think he over did it. We only started feeding him bananas in the last two months and now he developed this condition. We are so afraid to do a water change, in fear that it will kill him. We have added some salt & changed the filters. Can we do anything???? I have pics if I can post them. Thanks for any advice~

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-20
    Very hard to treat.  May neeed to try a few different parasite medications.  Check water levels.
  • Nicole Reilly - 2012-08-20
    We are going to do a water change. What kind of Parasite treatment? Can I attach a pic of his condition, if so, how? From everything I researched, bananas is not what did it, it was probably the bananas that sat in the tank for a while when he didn't eat one.
  • Nicole Reilly - 2012-08-23
    We have done a 40% water change & changed out the filters twice. We have added 10 powder packs of the 'API' General Cure 'Treats Parasitic Fish Disease'. It looks as if he is not progressing & is not lying on the bottom yet. Hopefully, this is the treatment. Would you recommend anything else & what about the filters. Can the parasites live in the filters even after treated the tank for a week or more? Can we over treat the tank with this treatment? How often should we treat it? Thanks for any advice~ Nicole Reilly
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-23
    Clean the filter and dont run while medicating.  Add air stones for oxygen.
  • Nicole Reilly - 2012-08-28
    We had done that already. We removed the carbon from fresh filters & have changed the filters twice. He doesn't look any better. His fins are turning pink, like a blood color on some of his fins. Can we give him a extra strength dose to help??? How much should we put in the tank? We have a 75 gal. Can we overdo it with the parasite treatment? Any suggestions? It looked like it was staying stagnant but has progressed in the last couple of days. Has the treatment worn off? Thanks :)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-28
    May need to try a different medication.
  • Nicole Reilly - 2012-08-29
    We did try another treatment which was in tablet form. Tera 'Parasite Guard'. We are purchasing our treatment at local big commercial pet stores. Is there anything that I could by online that would be more effective & stronger? This treatment has stopped the fins from turning more pink & he seems to be a little more active today, just within the last 24 hours.
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fish man - 2008-05-14
Gourami's will stress out cichlids and are not ideal for keeping with aggressive fish. Don't keep too many fish in a small tank. Remember, these fish can grow to EIGHT INCHES, and should be kept in large aquariums!

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  • Eli - 2011-03-29
    Could I put a snakeskin gourami in my tank with an oscar and another gold gourami?
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petros - 2011-01-06
Hello! I am new to the aquarium hobby and at the moment I have 50 lt one with Neon Tetra, Harlequin Rasbora, various catfish and most important of all a male Betta Splendens (the small one). I am thinking of getting a paradise fish, but I am concerned what happens with the Betta. Should I buy one, two (a couple, I know)? I don't want however my fish to multiply... Thank you all and have a Happy New Year!

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  • samiran roy,india - 2011-09-21
    You can keep paradise fish pair with a betta. But however be ready for some agression. Be sure to have some hiding places and live plants.
  • Frizka - 2012-09-25
    (Translation from Spanish to English)

    Hi Maria, bettas can be kept together, but only at the time of mating. Put the two together when the male has built a nest of bubbles. After the female laid her eggs you must remove her and leave fry with the male. When the fry hatch and and start to swim you need to separate them. Then they need to be kept singly again.



    HOLA:Maria siento ctrdnateciroe pero los betas si pueden estra los dos juntos, pero solo en la epoca de apareamiento, los pones a los dos juntos cuando el macho haya hecho una cpa de burbujas, apenas la hembra ponga los huevos la debes sacar, y dejar a los alevines con el macho y cuando ya naden solos los separas y vuelven a quedar todos solos pero solo es para comprobr que si pueden estar juntos ya q yo tengo la pareja lastima
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Bobbit - 2012-08-19
I have found with my male paradise fish of which I was lucky enough to score when they were young and un coloured, lived with each other in a 2 ft tank with guppies, 1 glass cat and pleco's. After maturing I was worried they would turn agressive towards each other or other fish. They did not. I eventualy found 1 female paradise and added her with my 2 males. No fights, no territory clash's. After a few weeks one of he males built a nest and had it fertilized etc, then a few days later the other did the same. Between the 2 males the female was bullied to death but the spawn still went ahead. Then I had lots of paradise fish. My point is all fish have individual personalitys, and after having 2 breeding males in 1 small tank I think individuality should be taken into account.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-20
    Definitely all things are individuals but there just basic 'generalizations' which I hate to use but sometimes should keep in the back of my mind.  The two fellas got along but the the gal is dead. No gal and no fighting - put the gal in and ---- well boys will be boys.
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Izwan Sawal - 2012-08-03
One person by the name Dayaratne managed to breed red fin giant gouramis in the year 2008. He is the only person who have been successful in breeding this fish in Sri lanka. The adult male and female probably would have been imported from Sabah, Malaysia. I make this assumption because of the intense red colour on the tails and fins. He can be contacted on 033-2290466 or 011-22864413

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Emon - 2012-05-18
I have bought a male betta yesterday and just in 1 day the colour of its fins have faded a lot. I'm worried about its life. What is the cause of this and what to do now???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-18
    Stress. Keep him in clean water and feed well it will come back.
  • turner - 2012-08-09
    I feed mine tetra pro colour. every other feed and it has brought the red out in my male fighter and starting to bring the blue out in my female
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Bob - 2012-02-21
First, my male Betta made a bubble nest and then the next day there was not 1 bubble, was just wondering why that happened. Second, my male and female constantly race each other to the ends of the tanks ( theres a divider between them ). Lastly, every time I go to sleep I hear water splashing in the tank. ( when I check the fish, there both sleeping )

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-26
    Maybe all that splashing you hear at night, and the racing around the tank is disrupting the bubble nest.
  • lindsey escudero - 2012-07-30
    The splashing your hearing may be the filter if you have one. The reason thee bettas chase each other around is because the male wants to defend his territory and the female is challenging him. Of coarse they can't really do any thing because they are divided, but do not at any occasion put them togethor......someone will die
  • turner - 2012-08-09
    I have a female and male seamise fighter fish with other fish in my tank and none of them fight. Sometime the male and female fighter swim together but other than that they stay out of the way. Males can't go together
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HP - 2006-04-11
There seems to be two different type of Red tail gourami in the asian market now, one is called purple red, this I believed is breed locally, the other is the taiwanese strain of red tail gourami, this fish have got very white base. Both are of the same strain, I believed the lighter colour strain are from selective breeding, in the wild they are much darker base.

The first batch that was brought in from Sabah,( about 15 years back) are caught using fishing tackle, and they will normally regurgitate out the fishing hook after a week in captivity.

Now they are being bred in captivity in hatchery within Malaysia.
That all I have to share for now.

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  • Izwan Sawal - 2012-08-03
    Yes you are correct. There are two types in the market. The tail and fins of 1 type has very intense red colour while the body is quite darker than the other type. The tail and fins of the other type does not show such intense red and is more dull orange than red.
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amy - 2012-08-02
Hi I have a female halfmoon (named Blenny) with red fins n white body with my gold fishes.  I'm too sad to see it doesn't eat food and goes slyly around. Do I have to get a partner such that it gets free of lonliness. There's no harm when I keep it with my gold fish (I feel theres competition of food likely),,,,,,,,,,,,need guidance.

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Lindsey Escudero - 2012-07-30
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, these fish are so beautiful. I always feel so mad when I go to walmart and see how bad they are treated

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