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Andy - 2010-09-05
I bought two of these guys about 5 days ago, and they are absolutely incredible. They are about 4 inches and are very peaceful. I have them in a 40 gallon with a blood parrot, a redtail shark, an angelfish, 2 reedfish, and a bolivian ram. So far, I've had no problems with them and overall, they have been a great addition to my tank.

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chintabruno@gmail.com - 2011-09-06
I have 7 dwarf gouramis, 3 croacking gouramis, 2 yoyo loaches, 10 guppies, 4 three spot gouramis, 1 guntea loaches and 2 green sword tails. But my tank size is 10 litter. All fishes are compatible for aquarium?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-06
    No. All fish are not compatible. No fish is compatible when there is not enough territory for them Rule of thumb is 1 gallon of water for each inch your fish is going to be as an adult. You have a 10 gallon and if you sutract about 3 gallons for the substrate and decorations - you essentially have 7 usable gallons of water. This isn't enough for even the The fish will stunt, or die or they will sorta get rid of each other, untill they have enough room to live comfortably and survive. The gouramis, for example, are going to be 2 inches as adults. You would need a 20 gallon tank for just the 7 gouramis. 20 gallons and subtract for substrate, decorations, filter etc. Less than that - even the gouramis will not get along. Please rethink your tank situation - or you will lose your fish -- and just go from there. Please read up on the various fish and their size and required enviornment in Animal World. All the info is there. Also, if one fish can get another in his mouth - he will probably eat it.
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Jackie - 2010-04-09
My Gourami is about 5 years old - only fish in the tank. He survived the the beating of the other fish when he was young. Then killed them all. He is very happy and knows who feeds him. Clicks the thermometer against the glass if does not get fed timely. Interesting to read about how long they live, and how big they can get. Mine is to size to tank size but I think he would love to be in a pond.

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Devyn - 2012-04-28
I have two male paradise fish, and one seems to be missing his back fin. When i feed them, one will eat the food and the other one cant because he cant swim. Can anyone help?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-30
    You will need to find a way to seperate them at feeding maybe getting a piece of plexy that you can slide in to seperate them during feeding.
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Sean O'donohue - 2012-03-30
Hi everyone I have got a giant gouarmi that has not eaten in around two weeks he does not seem to be ill but I am worried. What should I do? Can someone please help me Sean_o_d@hotmail.com


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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-30
    Have you done a water test? Trying anything other then flake food? Maybe try some blood worms. Maybe some peas to see if not eating due to constipation.
  • Sean O\'Donohue - 2012-03-30
    Have tried blood worms he doesn't like them. He ate about six peas a week ago but that was it. Could it be hole in the head disease?
  • Lnguyen - 2012-05-05
    Yeah I'm having the same problem along with a pair of GG I just got last week, haven't been eating for almost a week a bit worried. The last owner said he gave them pellets been giving them that but still haven't ate, also tried grapes and lettuce but doesn't eat either. Can anyone else help?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-05
    Does he show any signs of hole in head?
  • Colin Bradshaw - 2012-05-11
    Hi have you tried 25% water change? I find with my giant gouarmi ( 20 inchs ) it seems to him perk him up and makes him very active. Which should make him eat. I also feed mine on Grapes, 4 in morning and 4 at night, His main diet is small trout pellets which do not cloud the water,
  • stalloney - 2012-06-08
    Maybe its because of the water condition it may be stress out and it cause them not to eat...
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Niel - 2012-03-04
Hi my giant gourami is 30 years old he/she looks great but I can't have any more fish cuz he eats them can anyone help me please ? doublesided@hotmail.com

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-04
    30 years old? That is amazing! Normal they only live 20 years. You did an amazing job. I would have to say keep this amazing fish and enjoy every minute. Have you tried to add larger Angelfish?
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joshy k george - 2012-09-15
Hai..I am from Kerala Indian. We have some Gaint gouramies I need to breed them. What can i do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-15
    These fish have not been bred in aquariums so very little is known.
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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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