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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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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-05
    Just me and my thinking but why not get another one of the same kind. Article attached on the blue gourami tells you how to tell the difference between the boys and the girls. Get on eof the opposite sex from the one you have. They have a tendency to get territorial with certain fish and if you are just starting ou, it is just easier, more fun, safer to get one of the same kind. Makes sense to me. Did you gourami eat the tetras? I don't know but if a fish can get another fish in his mouth - it is a good chance.
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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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Anonymous - 2011-07-04
I'm interested in getting one or two Betta - Siamese Fighting Fish, but I do not have a heater or anything, will this be a problem? My friend gave me her old tank that she had two Siamese Fighting Fish live in, and she never had a heater or light for them, so will I need to get one or not?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-04
    This fish is quite hardy and will adapt to most aquarium conditions. Like all other anabantoids their special 'labyrinth organ' enables them to survive in oxygen-depleted waters. Because of this they can survive in smaller spaces. A minimum sized aquarium for a single specimen would be 3 gallons if kept in a warm room, and with regular maintenance. They will do best however in a larger aquarium, with adequate filtration and a heater, along with regular maintenance. A 10 gallon aquarium is recommended. Provide gentle water circulation and some sturdy aquarium plants. The aquarium should be covered to prevent jumps.

    There is a heat requirement for 75 to 86 degrees. A person can do without a heater/filter etc it is just more difficult. How can you control the temperature? You would wind up cleaning the tank more frequently.

  • Amethyst - 2011-07-31
    Bettas may be OK at 76 or 77 degrees, but need 78 - 82 degrees to really thrive. "Room temperature" water is usually 2 to 5 degrees cooler than the air temperature in the room. Therefore, unless the room where the fish will be living is very warm (over 80 degrees) all the time, you will need a heater, and I strongly recommend an adjustable heater. There are any number of heaters that say they don't need adjustment and will keep the water the right temp. However, they usually raise the water temp a set number of degrees above room temp, and in most rooms the temperatures vary from day to night, etc., therefore your water temp will also vary, which isn't good for your fish. You can get relatively inexpensive heaters at various pet stores and online, and be sure you get an aquarium thermometer, too. Depending on the size of the tank and the wattage of the heater, you may need to set it higher or lower than the degrees marked on the heater to maintain the right temp. One way to check where to set the heater is to turn it on to a higher temp setting than you think you need, then check the thermometer every 30 minutes or so, and when your thermometer reads 79 or 80, turn the heater down just until it turns off (most have a light to let you know when the heater is actually running). The thermostat in the heater will then keep the temp at that level - as the tank cools, it will come back on, and will shut itself off again at the same temp as you turned it off.

    Lights are not necessary, as bettas like fairly low light conditions. If you do have a light, use a low wattage bulb, provide plants and other places where the fish can get out of the light into some shade, and be sure to turn the light off at night. Fish need to sleep, too, and do it best in dark conditions.

    Most importantly, if you get two bettas, they should NOT be housed together. Male bettas will fight to the death if in the same tank. Male bettas will also fight female bettas, and should be in the same tank ONLY when they are ready to breed (something to leave to more experienced betta owners, in my opinion). Female bettas can sometimes do OK in a tank together, but they do best in larger groups (6 or more), and need lots of room, lots of places to hide from each other, lots of surface room so that they can all get to the surface to eat and breathe, etc., and even then some female bettas will be aggressive with the others. Again, in my opinion, best to leave the "sorority" tanks to more experienced aquarists. You can use one tank with a divider that is sturdy enough to keep them apart, and reaches all the way to the lid, as bettas have been known to jump over dividers and attack each other. Also, each betta needs about 3 to 5 gallons of water to really thrive, so if you're going to divide a tank, the tank needs to be at least a 5.5 or 6 gallon, 10g would be even better. There are many very tiny "betta bowls" or "betta tanks" on the market that come with dividers that hold a total of a gallon or less of water. These aren't big enough for one healthy betta without the divider, much less two. If the tank your friend gave you is less than 5 gallons, please only get one betta, or get a bigger tank. One betta in a tank alone will not get lonely, and he will be healthier, interact more with you, and live longer than two bettas in insufficient space.

    Good luck, and have fun with your new friends. Bettas are great fish with very individual personalities.

    Good luck with your fish.
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Douglas Morgan - 2011-05-19
I have a Three Spot Gourami and a couple weeks later added a Blue Gourami in a Fluval Edge Aquarium. After about a year my Blue is larger that the Three Spot (not what they said at the fish store) and He attacks my three Spot all the time. The three Spot will submit sideways and the Blue will push it down into the sand. I am getting where I hate the Gourami all together now. It is like having two male bettas in the same tank.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-19
    I don't know for sure but go to U-tube and look up gourami breeding. There are several short films there of gourami courting and breeding. It sorta loooks like the fella is beating the gal up. I don't know but could this be happening with yours? Also, you can read the article on Gouramis as it sounds like that can just be the nature of the fish. Can you remove one or redecorate the tank to give them their own space? You might not want to do this if they are breeding but then the Animal World article says to remove the female after breeding. It can also be the one wants to be the Alpha fish and is a bit of a bully. This might be breeding behavior though. It is always interesting.
  • Alora - 2011-07-27
    She could be right but I had 2 blue gouramis in a 30 or 35 gallon tank and they fought at each other (like nipping and chasing). They were all males btw and one day when I came home one of them was dead :(
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jack - 2011-07-23
cool fish and fun to see great pets u have to get them

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    Got that
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gouramigal - 2011-07-14
I think I've worked it out. It has AMMONIA POISONING, all the symptoms add up ..
Fish gasp for breath at the water surface
Purple or red gills
Fish is lethargic
Fins are torn and jagged
Loss of appetite
Fish lays at the bottom of the tank
Fish may appear darker in color
Red streaking on the fins or body,
poor fishy i hate to see him like this.. ;(


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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    Sure it is not a bacterial disease? Animal Eorld article on Fish Diseases and Treatments says "Bacterial Diseases: Bacterial diseases are usually characterized by red streaks or spots and/or swelling of the abdomen or eye. These are best treated by antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, or erythromycin". Chck it out and check the symptoms out because it is treatable.
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skyler - 2011-05-30
i have a blue and red crowntail named Sly. He has a great personality and love to lay at the bottom om the tank. he comes straight to the top looking for food if you get to close to the tank though.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-30
    Hey good for you. They are very attractive. Are they interesting to watch?
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