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zack - 2009-01-02
Yesterday (new years day 2009)I bought a rainbow shark, 2 tetra serpae and a gourami opaline. I already had a lonely guppy so I thought I would buy some. I put them all in a 10 gallon tank with plants and a ship. My rainbow shark loves the pirate ship, all he does is going in to the left side of it then comes out the other side. Anyways the petco people said, "these fish won't hurt your guppy." My guppy was a little scared at first then adventured down in to the bottom to the ship. not the smartist idea for him because I feed them. Then I saw he wasn't out, so I turned the light off. Then went to bed for 2 minutes, got up and looked at my guppy, because he was out. His whole back fin was all bit up and now this morning he is dead. I want to know what fish bit his tail. Is it the gourami fish?

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  • gary - 2010-03-07
    aww poor thing lol, most likely the gourami or the shark, both of these can be quite aggresive, especially for a tiny lone guppy,try a female pearl gourami or personally i think honey gouramis are best. I have also leant the hard way i used to just go by what they say at the pet shop, but trust me dont. they really have no idea what they are talking about, half the fish that they say are community fish are not. the best thing to do is research what fish you are going to get before you get them, i know it sounds long to do, but just go to the shop, note down a few fish that you like, come back and research them and find out the friendliest ones, then go buy them. personally id use a 20 gallon for a gourami of that size, most people dont give a shit about cheap little fish, but i do lol,anyway sorry this has been so long lol but hope it helped!
  • Anonymous - 2010-04-20
    My opaline did the same thing to my female betta. Then I moved my male in since she needed to be in the other tank, which the male was in, he bit him up too. The female died a couple of days after and so did my male. The opaline doesn't bother the false Siamese algae eater, zebra danio, or my harlequin rasbora. Whoever reads that these fish are compatible with betta fish should not take their chances. It is most likely the gourami in your case since they can be aggressive to colorful and/or long-finned fish such as guppies.
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mei-ling - 2010-03-07
how do u know if ur fish is not well my fish is a baby and he sits in one spot allday im worried

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melissa girling - 2005-12-30
i have had a few problems with one of my balloon kissers, it is as if its being very protective of the other but it keeps attacking my other fish (siamise fighter male and my dwarf female gourami), it has gotten so bad that it has actually sucked a chunk out of the side of one of my other fish! i dont know what to do with it other than return it to the shop where i got it from as i cannot risk it attacking any of my other fish.
melissa u.k

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  • Robert - 2010-03-04
    It's not a great idea to put a siamese fighter in with gouramis because they tend to nip at their long fins. The second problem is kissing gouramis tend to be semi-aggressive and dwarf gouramis aren`t, so the dwarf could get hurt.
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JJW - 2010-02-28
I got my honeycomb gouramis on 27.2.10. They are beautiful fish to go with a variety of fish. They are so friendly.

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newfish in the tank - 2009-03-18
Hi! I just bought a crown tailed fighting fish. It is terribly depressed. when i looked for help i got a bit confused because some say they need 5+ gallon/20L tanks though other sight say that they prefer smaller tanks? Can some one who has had this problem please tell me what they did when this happened to them? Thx

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  • Brianna - 2010-02-25
    Bettas do great in bigger tanks. 5+. The bare minimum is 3 gallons. Most petstores hire undereducated employees and they say they like smaller spaces. They are said to be 'puddle fish' when they love to swim. They become depressed in a smaller tank. Remember when you bought him in that little plastic cup? How he just sat there on the bottom with his fins down. That's a depressed fishy. My betta Abstract is over 7 and has been moved to a 120+ tank with a few other fish. He is living happily.
  • PJ - 2010-03-18
    Dear "newfish in the tank",
    When you first buy bettas they tend to be either curious or deppressed but aftter a couple of days they will calm down.Also, admire him from a distance.I suggest you stick with a 5 gallon tank or keep it in a bowl. Spaking from experience of breeding and keeping them for a long time.

    Sincearly,
    P>J
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Collin - 2009-12-02
I have hade my betta fish for 2 years and about 3 months. He lives in a 2 gallon container and is curently OK. I named him Purple (cuz he is purple.) and just yesturday I saw my betta very pale. I cleaned out his container and kept him in the sink. I cried (he means alot to me). Curently he is healing and I hope he will be as healthy as he has been these last 2 years!

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  • sharon - 2010-02-20
    Is purple still alive?
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craig - 2010-02-17
i have a 3 spotted blue gourami with about 6 other fish and today I just added an angel fish. The blue seems to be aggressive only to the angel fish by nipping at his fins. What should I do?

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  • pie - 2010-04-06
    You should separate them. If the angel fish keeps biting the male gourami fish, sooner or later that fish will die or his fins will tear.
  • prashant pushkar - 2010-04-10
    That's because your gourami is male and he doesn't want any other male in his region. Replace the angel fish.
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Raymond - 2010-02-08
Just bought Two Gold Gouramis and brought them home two days ago. BIG mistake on my part for not observing them for awhile before buying. I'm not sure what sex they are, but one is a darker orange then the other one. Yesterday, I noticed the darker one chasing and nipping at the other lighter one, both gouramis are about equal size as well. Anyways the other one would go and hide, or not move at all at the bottom of the tank. Anyways, this morning, the lighter one was dead. I'll have to wait and see if the darker one goes after any of the other fish, so far it hasn't.

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The Fish Guy - 2010-01-15
Housing your betta can be a a little confusing for most starters. A common rumour has been passed around about bettas. It's said that bettas can live happily in a 1 gallon or less bowl with no filtration, no heating and low maintenance. This, like most rumours, is false. Bettas need at least 2.5 gallons of filtered, heated water. However, I personally believe bettas need at least a 5 gallon tank. Keep your betta tank clean by doing 20 - 30 % weekly water changes.

Bettas will eat a variety of foods you give them, including frozen blood worms, live blood worms, frozen brine shrimp, frozen beef heart, live blood worms and more. Flakes and pellets can be offered, but this is probably the worst thing to give your betta. Flakes and pellets are too processed for a betta. Also, some people feed their bettas peas. Do not do this, peas are not natural for a betta. Bettas are carnivores, feeding them vegetables could cause health problems. Live mosquito larvae and mosquitos themselves are also a great food source for bettas, along with other small insects and very small earth worms.

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joe - 2010-01-11
I've owned over 15 of these fish in pairs of two or three. They shake and swim in circles when a new one is introduced to the tank, which is cool. Occasionally I would get one (usually the big blues) that would make loud clicking noises (I told people it was my fish "barking"). Sometimes they would also blow bubbles out of their gills. How cool are these fish?!

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