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Tom - 2012-04-03
Hey I have a Beta and he's usually quite happy, but recently he's been very inactive and sluggish, mostly hanging around the top of his ( 25 cm tall 17 cm wide ) bowl with the plants, I usually change his water every week but this week I had to put it off by a couple of days, could this have negitavly effected him?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-04-03
    It's possible, however missing a water change by a few days (1-5 days) should not be too detrimental to the Betta's health. I would proceed with cleaning his water once a week as usual.
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Steve - 2012-03-21
Hi I have a giant gourami. He is 22 inches and a great fish. he's been kept for 26 years now but just the other day was swimming fine then all of a sudden sunk to the bottom and now stays like that most of the day. He still eats well and swims about for about 10 mins after feeding but then sinks again. Any advice?

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  • Steve - 2012-03-22
    Thanks for your advice he is back up swimming and playing about he's a great fish and part of the family so was pretty gutted to see him down like that.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-21
    Great job on keeping a fish that long. He is getting up their in age. Could he be constipated? Peas can help with that. I am thinking it may just be his age.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-22
    Great!! The peas worked?
  • Steve - 2012-03-22
    Nah didn't use the peas. I opened up the hood left it open all day gave him some kiwi and he was back splashing about straight away!
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Meaghan Busch - 2011-01-23
Two days after Thanksgiving last year, I went to PetSmart to get two fish. I had always had goldfish growing up and I love fish, but I couldn't stand getting more goldfish. First of all, Petsmart really helped me out. I also needed a fish for a biology lab with a self-contained ecosystem and there was an aquarium part in it. I needed a hardy fish and they pointed me out to the gouramis. I also said I wanted fish to keep for myself, because the fish I brought for biology I would be bringing home. I got the last two Red Fire Dwarf Gouramis there (both male). When I brought them home and put them in the tank, one was a little less colorful, but a bit bigger than the other. So, I put him in the project so the smaller one would claim the tank a bit (I also fed him a bit more so he'd grow to be a bit bigger). Oh, and the colorful one is Iago and the less colorful one is Simba. About a month later--just before Christmas, I brought Simba home and now Iago, who is about the same size as Simba now, started bullying him. Over about a week, however, they started getting along. Much more recently, I went to PetSmart and purchased a Blue Mystery Snail (I named him Clyde) to clean up after Simba and Iago. Now, they all get along--although Simba and Iago like to rub up against and uproot the two plants I have rooted in the gravel so I have to keep replanting them.
I also noticed when Simba came home and Iago was bullying him, that Simba would turn almost sideways--someone else mentioned similar behavior in their two conflicting gouramis. After much observation, I believe it is a submissive behavior, such as dogs rolling over and showing their bellies. Of course, I'm just a sixteen year old girl who has a little too much time on her hands--most of it used to watch said fish--and not a world class animal behaviorist. Anyway, that's my observation. I know my tale has been pretty long, but I hope my fish story answers some of your questions. Like, when Simba and Iago were bullying each other, I was worried and thought about getting a tank divider of some kind. However, over time, they got used to each other and started getting along. Now, they're inseparable.
Also, these are by far the smartest fish I have ever seen--then again, I'm mostly familiar with goldfish. They get used to routine and know what time they are to be fed or what time the lights go out so they can rest. These are my favorite fish ever and definitely fish I would recommend for anyone!

--Meaghan Busch

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Angelo - 2011-07-27
Years ago, a friend gave me a "Blue Paradise Fish" because it bullied his other fish when he added it to his aquarium. All I had was a small rectangular glass container----maybe two gallons and no aeration or thermostat, kept in a laundry room that would get cold in the Winter. I put aluminum foil on the top to keep the fish in. That fish lived for years----would actually jump from the water to take food from my hand. He would swim to the front glass and pose when someone walked into the room.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Good story and good for you
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abhilash - 2010-10-14
Can we breed blue male gourami and gold female as I have them?
Female is very fat and male is small.

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  • boss - 2012-02-19
    Hi Abhilash,
    Of course you can breed a gold female gourami with a blue male but the babies won't be good looking and it won't have a demand in market. You can simply breed and raise them.
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Uni Krishnan - 2012-02-15
I have 3 inch giant gourami , can anyone tell me how long it will take for him grow to the size which is shown in the images posted by this website

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-15
    Hello Uni. There are a few things that determine the growth rate of the Gaint Gourami. Tank size is a key factor; as well as amount of fish in the tank. I have had one reach almost 2 feet in length in a 150 gallon tank and it was around 2 years old.
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Anonymous - 2012-02-13
Hi,um, every female betta I get becomes super aggresive in 2 weeks or less (one even ate the eye of a live feeder fish after it realized the fish didn't fit in it's mouth). Is there any explaination or way to prevent this because I would like to breed betta fish but I don't want dead fish floating all around.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-13
    Breeding Bettas is an exciting task! Bettas in general are known for their aggression, even during breeding. Honestly, what is required to breed them, is that you introduce them to each other, slowly. There are a great deal of articles on the internet regarding this. As it would be a grand job to type, feel free to email me with an questions, or comments.
    alex.burleson@live.com
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jason - 2012-01-29
Hello I have a 3 spot gourami and 3 blue gouramies, 4 mollies, 4 guppies, 6 ghost shrimp, a few fish that look like minnows from africa, and a pleco all in a 16 gallon bowfront tank and they all seem to be doing superb and don't bother each other at all. My gouramis bullied each other at first but I think they got used to each other.. and yes I do know my tanks slightly crowded but it seems like all my fish have tons of room to swim play and hide if they like.. I also have a ten gallon tank with 3 fire belly toads. 2 females and a male.. we see and hear them getting busy but we still haven't seen any eggs in the tank.. we have gravel on one side with other side flooded out for their swimming pleasures..

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john - 2011-11-22
Hi, it's me, again. I was just wondering if my deseased betta(chewy and his girl missy) could have ghosts. Don't say I've been drinking too much because I'm 12 years old and I HAVE SEEN white fish shaped objects in my tank. The only fish in there is a white guppy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-22
    I won't say you have been drinking. If you are seeing them, then they must be there. I don't know whether they are ghosts or shadows or getting ready to go to another world but if you see them they are there.
  • john - 2011-11-23
    Thx charlie, it makes me fell better that they are still with me. and by white guppy I meant yellow and red guppy. And also thx for answering so many of my questions.
  • calvin johnson - 2012-01-28
    by white you mean yellow and red? ithink your seeing your white guppy? (thats really yellow and red).
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Stephen - 2012-01-21
I am having two platinum gaurami. (male and female). Both are very healthy and male is very large and ruling the whole tank. One day in morning i found the male moving forth and back(its like dancing). And also i found some bubbles(not more) on the top of the tank. But the male is not near to it.(bubbles is in one corner and the fish is in another corner). I taught its ready for breeding. Then i decided if i kept this two fish in tank, other tank mates will eat the eggs. So before spawning i removed the two gaurami from the tank and kept in cemented tank in our garden around 30cm depth and water is around 12cm depth. But later i understand the nest is already built by male. I think I had done a worng thing. Will the male again built the nest for to spawn or how long it may take to built the next nest?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-22
    Not sure how long it will take to build another nest, but if it is in spawning condition it will. If they are healthy and content, they will actively build bubble nests.
  • Stephen - 2012-01-23
    Thank you mam for your reply. Nowadays they (both male and female) resting on bottom for most of their time. Only they coming to top of tank for to take oxygen and food. But they are very active while eating thier food. They are around 3 inches and 5 inches long. Is it s a good sign. I even cleaned my tank. But same result.
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