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JustMe - 2011-02-02
Hello, I live in Cambodia and have a betta. As you can imagine, no pet store, no source of decent food for him. He won't eat pellets. I have been zapping mosquitoes and dissecting horse flies (he won't eat regular flies) for a month now. He likes mosquito larvae when I can find them. However, this is very time consuming. Any suggestions or recommendation as to an alternative food source or how many mosquitoes he needs per day, would be appreciated. I don't relish the thought of breeding mosquitoes on purpose. What about baby guppies?

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  • Brody L - 2011-04-05
    Hi JustMe,
    Baby guppies would definitely work, however guppies grow up to be very beautiful, so if you can get your hands on some feeder fish (like White Cloud Minnows) they would be the better option. But otherwise baby guppies would work.
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Kitty - 2011-03-27
I have only one.. :P I think he's silly. He loved to play around with my other goldfishes, but now they passed away. -___- After they did, he got kinda lonely. He just stopped being all hyper and hid in the cave. I have gotten a Rainbow Shark now, and my Gourami seems more happy and social and they swim side by side to each other.. But I was wondering if that's gonna be safe in the future as my shark grows..?

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-28
    Most likely, your gourami and rainbow should be fine together. Rainbow sharks are generally bottom dwellers and can get aggressive towards other bottom dwellers (i.e. other rainbow sharks), but should not have too much of a problem with other community fish, including gourami's. If you are concerned, then over time I would just keep an eye on them and make sure fins are not getting nipped and torn and that no fights break out.
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Jill Taylor - 2011-03-13
I have what I believe to be a pregnant Golden Gourami and I am unsure what to do with her. Do I just leave her? I don't really want to go through expense by buying another tank. Can anybody advise on what I need to do or what will happen if I just leave her be? Thanks.

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Imran H Kasmani - 2011-03-09
The shelf life of GIANT GOURAMI differs from condition to condition if provided with neat & clean water & a good diet twice a day it can live up to years & viceversa

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Peter John Sidiropoulos - 2009-06-05
Believe it or not, I have a blue gourami in a tank with all ciclids. And the funny thing is he USED to bully my flowerhorn when he was smaller, which now the tide has turned and he should have been nice to him. Because now my older and bigger flowehorn gives this guy hell. He swims around for his life, but he doesn't harm him, just likes to show him who's boss now!

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Andy - 2008-02-13
I had a kissing gourami for about two months, however the day that I bought the fish, it stopped kissing! I contacted the people at the local fish store that I received the fish from and they said that kissing gouramis kissing, is actually a bad thing! I do not know what to believe, but I do not believe them. This fish is now dead, and I do not know how it died. But while I had it the only problem I encountered was that it ate my plants. It was once standing 15 inches, but only standing 7 inches when i removed the fish.

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  • kesler - 2011-02-13
    The plant poisoned the fish. Remove the plants.
  • Editor's Note - 2011-02-13
    The reason the LFS said it is a bad thing is because it is a sign of aggression. The fish that are 'kissing' are trying to dominate one another either for territorial or breeding rights. In an uncomfortable or unhealthy environment, they are less likely to 'kiss'. It is unlikely that the plants killed the fish, plants will usually help increase their comfort level.
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Pauline - 2011-01-31
My betta has a very swollen belly. I have been feeding peas because I thought he may be constipated. He pooed and still has a huge belly. I have him isolated in a cup in the aquarium and have been feeding him frozen bloodworms. Still very swollen. I hate to see him this way. Any answers?

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lisa - 2010-04-11
HI, I've had bettas all my life. I discovered them when I was eight years old. I've always had trouble with the food in the past. My bettas never liked the freezed dried worms as much as they've liked the Shrimp and Mosquito larva. I used to keep a frozen shrimp in my freezer to feed my betta. I would break off a sliver at a time and dangle it above the water. My betta would jump out of the water and snatch it off my finger. It was like having a little mini shamu living in my home. The betta I have now I got from a pet store. It happened to be the ugliest one I found. Its color is yellow, and it's not very pretty, But its been living now for four years. We call him banana. I found that bettas are susceptible to the cold. And its important not to let the water get too cold during the winter months. I've always had trouble keeping them through till january.


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  • Steve - 2011-01-30
    Sounds to me like you would do well to put a heater in your tank. Bettas like water temperatures up to 80 deg. f.
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Michael - 2011-01-21
The publisher says that bettas and paradise fish can't be kept together. In my case, this was not true. I kept a crown tail betta fish with a blue paradise in a 5 gallon tank they got along fine.

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  • nehal - 2011-01-27
    Hi Michael I happen to have a paradise in my tank he really likes my other fish so I don't think what they said is true because he gets along well with my guppys and loaches.
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anwar - 2009-07-20
I have a female blue gourami which seems a bit fat and a male which is always chasing her. I have a lot of hiding places where she can hid. But when he finds her he chases her again and again, and she always changes colors. Like all her body is striped and now she is just in a corner, and if she comes out he attacks her and is she pregnant and will he build the bubble nest and does he want her. anwar from sudan

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  • Maria - 2010-03-26
    Hi there, for your gourami's to live happily together and not chase each other like mad, then you need to have at least 2 females to every 1 male, as the males do harrass the females, and then when one female is tired of the chase then he can chase the other. I learnt that the hard way as i had 2 males and 1 female gourami and the 2 males chased and nipped the female literally to death. RIP pretty one lol. She went to fishy heaven........Flushed. I hope that helps your situation, so maybe go and get another girl and they should be fine.
  • Anonymous - 2011-01-19
    I may be a little late but it looks like she has already spawned and should be taken out of the tank he is trying to keep her and everyone else from eating the eggs. The eggs are really tiny and should hatch within 36 hours if temperature is around 80 degrees watch real hard else you will miss them. Now you can take him out of the tank or try and get the baby's out before they get eaten. The baby's will live on there yolk sac for a couple of days then will need baby fry food. I recommend mixing the baby food in a cup of water before pouring into tank this allows the fine particles to sink in the water and the baby fry will get enough to eat. If not most floats on top and some will not get enough to eat and starve in a week or two. Http://mytropicalfishhobbyone. Blogspot. Com
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