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HARDIK DIXIT - 2011-03-10
I have a Giant Gourami, and his name is Chimi :) he is now 8 inches long and he eats kiwi fruit. So I decided to change his food into kiwis fruit, which he eats almost 5 times daily :: . As an alternative food, I also give him cooked rice, water melon,musk melon and some leafy vegetables :)

I always play with him, when I point my finger at him he acts like he's attacking me, and he often follows my fingers whenever I point :0 When we eat our breakfast, lunch and dinner, he looks at me like he's begging for food to eat. :0 My Giant Gourami is a very friendly fish. I love very much my chimi.

HARDIK DIXIT
SURAT
INDIA

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  • jim - 2012-02-24
    Hi Hardik

    I would like to get a large fish like a Gourami. How much does it grow per month? I want a fast growing fish that eats anything like yours does. Pacus grow fast like about 2 or 3 pounds per month. A bit aggressive I heard. Could you give me any suggestions?
  • Lnguyen - 2012-05-05
    May I ask did you get your fish (CHIMI) when it was young? and what did you do to get it to be so active? My giant gourami is rather shy and im trying to make it active.
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J.stephen - 2012-04-22
Hi, I am having a pair of platinum gourami. In those two, in recent days I found the male is not in normal mode. He is always staying in the bottom like a sunken ship. I also found red spots across his body. What is that? Any medical help?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-22
    Could be bacterial or parasite infection. Check ammonia nitrates and nitrite levels.
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Elvin O Lopez - 2005-04-07
I have a blue gourami in a 20 gallon fish tank. all my other fish are different types of gouramis. ones a pearl gourami, ones a dwarf gourami (which im a litle worried about because it tends to get chased alot by my blue gourami and im worried because dwarf gouramis are expensive), and i also have two pink kissing gourami which dont cause trouble. Now ive noticed that my fish are usually hiding from my blue gourami and most of the time when they go up to get their food they get chased. and so im a little worried about my fish and the beauty of my tank. well to much of your enjoyment ive found a rather surprising solution to my problem. evertime my blue gourami chases my other fish i seperate him from them and after a while of doing that he suddenly stopped chasing my fish. it worked for me and i hope it works for you.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-18
    That can work, but it can also create undo stress on the Blue Gourami. Moving the decor sometimes works as well. Takes their attention of the other fish and on it's surroundings.
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helen matthews - 2012-04-08
Every time I buy kissing fish they get skinnier and skinnier till they die. Do you know why this happens?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-09
    Normally water conditions are not ideal and causing stress. What are your levels?
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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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