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Dean Mari Rivera - 2011-10-25
i have 3 blue gourami
2 male
1female

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-25
    Ahh just starting - enjoy
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Jessica - 2011-10-23
This was very helpful! Thank you so much. I do have a question though. I just got 5 Red Dwarf Gourami's, and they are the cutest things to watch. They're the only thing in my tank, with many plants of course (along with some snails, and a sucker fish). What I'm having trouble with, though, is figuring out whether they're male or female. Is there any other helpful information you could give about the sex of the fish? It would be very appreciated!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    The male Dwarf Gourami, Colisa lalia, is said to be much more colorful than the female and also has a pointed dorsal pennant. The males are generally narrower in body than the females. Pairs usually hang out together.
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Dan - 2011-10-13
I have a 30 gallon hexagonal tank, and I purchased a rainbow shark, which I love. After a terrible turn with a trio of angelfish in the tank, I opted to go with a few opaline guorami (two to be exact). The shark just chills out in the monolith at the bottom, and the guarami chase each other around attempting dominance...while this is entertaining, I do fear that as these guys mature they will get increasingly aggressive. What can I add to the tank to offset the attention they focus on each other? because o the shape of the tank (I'm told), schooling fish will be a bad choice.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-10-13
    You probably got yourself two male gourami. If you can, take one back and either get a female or another fish entirely. This just happened with two of mine, and now I'm playing hospice nurse to the loser. Males will not share a space together, sorry! I know I inadvertently bought two males; it can happen since juveniles haven't really started to show their male or female characteristics.
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Syaheeran - 2010-10-03
My Gold Gourami fish has a bloated stomach and I suspect that she/ is pregnant. And from the research, I found out that they are known to be bubble nest breeders. Can someone please clarify what is going on and what I should do?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-12-05
    Well the bloated stomach means she is pregnant. Bubble nest breeders means that they prefer to stay in low areas while pregnant. She will occasionally come up just to move around because any fish can indeed die if staying still for too long. So just keep an eye out on her.
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-25
    They're not livebearers? How can it be pregnant?
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Diane - 2008-06-27
My female betta has been sitting on the bottom and has a white film on her. I would like to know what to do, I don't want to loose her. Thank you!

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  • lindy - 2011-08-09
    I'm sorry people but your fish may be dying if it has a white film on it or its eyes and is floating at the top or the botten it is dead I'm sorry.... :(
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-08-27
    the fish cant be saved. it probably has a fungus or ich on it. you should go to the pet store from where you brought her. you can use some anti-ich solution from the pet store. use two drops per gallon.it just might help.
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-19
    I'm sorry but your fish has a fungus. Unless it is cured before the fish quits moving it is surely not good
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gary - 2011-09-05
I've got a blue gourami which came with the tank I purchased and he seems really friendly and to be honest I had no idea what fish to add to the tank so I put in about 6 neon tetras and 2 of another kind of tetra and I am now missing a neon and 1 of the other kind. lol I cannot find them anywhere and I think the gourami has eaten them but I'm not sure, has he?
also what fish can I add to the tank

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    spencer - 2010-12-01
    Is it okay if I mix my 2 golden gouramis with my 2 dwarf gouramis in a 15 gallon 2ft tank?

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    • Taylor Greene - 2011-08-27
      my gold and opaline gouramis breed about 3 times a week now with about 400 eggs each batch. the female has a really bloated stomach,but the males can get quite fat to,only one baby actually survived and has achived 1 inch it is light and dark brown. i have switched them to a 37.5 gallon aquarium.they seem to also be getting along with my 6 inch blue lobster
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    Ricky - 2010-02-28
    How large Should the tank be for one of these fish?

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    • o00slim00o - 2010-04-26
      Typical rule of thumb is 1 gallon per inch of the max size of your fish ... however these fish are shy and like extra space so for them to be happy I'd recomend you have 5 gallons at least per fish.
    • jenny - 2010-10-09
      5 or 10+ gallons
    • Anonymous - 2010-11-28
      I have a system 6 tank and my two flame dwarf gourmis seemed happy until I added two paradise gouramis. Then the flames got all timid and the paradises actually killed one and have turned on each other. We are getting a bigger tank for them. However my flames were happy alone in a system 6.
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    renee - 2009-09-12
    I have a kissing Gourami that stays at the bottom of the tank, while on its side once in a while we will notice him move to another spot but most of the time stays still. and we never see him upright. we put him in the tank Friday morning (09-11-09)
    at 4:30am (CDT). Does anybody know whats wrong?

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    santiago - 2011-07-28
    I have a 20 gallon tank started 4 opaline gourami. One stay on 1 side of the tank the other 3 on the other side.They started to die slowly 1 by 1 no fins eyes missing. He's the only one left in the tank with a pletco.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-29
      Something is obviously big wrong. I don't know for sure what. I'd look over the article on Fish Disease and Treament from Animal World and see if you can spot the symptoms. I'd check your tank temperature water etc also. I'd just completely start over and do all new water or exchange all the water and treat it. Your tank is also too small for the fish you have in there. The gourami are going to be about 6 inches as adults and so four of them would need at least 24 gallons of water. One inch on adult size needs a gallon and you have to subtact gallons for gravel, plants and decorations. A 30 gallon tank would be best for 4 gourami - no pletco. It is hard to start but don't give up or get discouraged. It gets a whole lot better.
    • venkataraounnamatla - 2011-07-31
      This information is very good but latest information is better because now a days so many antibiotics are coming to market that information is also need please give the information. Thank you.
    • Clarice Brough - 2011-08-01
      Staying in one spot in an aquarium for these types of fish indicates they are stressed. Stress causes disease. Things that cause stress are poor water conditions, not enough space and/or inadequate hiding places, and aggravating or aggressive tankmates.

      Because it's a new tank, you may very well still be in the middle of the nitrification cycle. (I'm assuming you have a filter and good water movement.) It can take about 6-8 weeks to go thru the nitrification cycle. Once you're tank is cycled, you will have established bacteria in the tank that controls toxins, specifically ammonia and nitrite. Water changes can help the fish handle the toxins while the tank is cycling, because that will remove some of the ammonia and nitrite, but also slows the cycle time down a bit. But this just means it takes a litter longer... no biggie.

      Plecos are much hardier fish to cycle a tank with than Gouramis, but one you're tank is cycled (you can test for ammonia an nitrite) it will be established. Bacteria in the tank that controls these toxins.

      At that time you can slowly start to add additional fish, about 2-3 small ones at a time for a 20 gallon. I say slowly because if you add too many fish at once, you put a load on the biological cycle. Then the tank will spike in ammonia again, and you risk loosing fish. But the existing bacteria will also grow rapidly to handle this heavier ammonia and nitrite load, and get back in balance. Still it's best to go slowly.

      If you're tank is already established, then a very probable cause is a lack of adequate hiding places for your fish. Plants, artificial are fine, help create safe areas. Also, gouramis are notorious for picking out one of their mates and harrassing it... usually to death. This is another good reason for many hiding places... for escape.

      Antibiotics and other types of treatments are for when a disease is identified. If it's a new tank, I would first make sure the environment is right before looking for a disease problem.
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