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Suganya - 2014-03-11
Hi... My kisser minnie lies vertically very often at the top region of the tank and stays inactive most of the time... only when I go knock near him he gets active... what is wrong with my minnie?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Is he eating regularly still? If he is eating and doesn't have any obvious illness (fungal or bacterial patches, fin rot, open sores, etc.) then I would just keep an eye on him. But also check all water parameters, temperature, and make sure you are keeping on top of water changes to reduce the chance of infection. How is he doing now? I hope he is acting better! Good luck.
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Isuru Ranasinghe - 2014-02-11
Please help me... I have 2 giant gouramis about 3 inches long, I bought them 1 week ago. But now I saw that one of them started following the other and eats its tail...what can I do to save both of them?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    Gourami tend to have a 'target' fish that they chase, and it sounds like that may be what's going on. Add plants to create many hiding places, and you can also add more gouramis to disperse the aggression. Of course, you will have to have a large enough tank to support more fish if you add more.
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bb - 2014-02-03
What can I do? My kissing gourami didn't eat and move for a week now. He just moved from the corner to another corner, but didn't eat.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-04
    It sounds like your fish is stressed. Gourami's don't always eat right away when you first get them due to stress, but other factors could be bullying, or your water parameters. If you determin he's not being bullied or intimidated by any other tank mates, try doing a partial water change and see if it helps.
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Cassandra May - 2012-03-07
My yellow gourami ate two of my tetras and ate two of my other fishs tails. Any ideas what to do with Sly? (thats the fishs name)? I chased him with the net for a bit when he would bite the others but that only worked for a day. Should i just find a new tank for Sly? any ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-07
    I think it best to move him. Seems to have an appetite for live foods, which is not unusual for a gourami. I'd say he has quite the appetite.
  • Sherry - 2014-01-21
    Is your gourami the regular or dwarf?
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gary clark - 2010-03-20
I brought 12 of these a few months ago, 6 flame red and 6 honey, the 6 flame red started to deteriorate after about a month, loosing most of their colour to a faint pink, i have since lost all of these apart from 2 (those 2 still very dull and weak) but the 6 yellow honeys couldnt be doing better. 3 are showing vibrant breeding colours and look perfectly healthy. so im not sure if the flame strain is a bit weaker or didnt like my water conditions, but i would deffo recomend the yellow honeys variety, lovley fish though very active and peaceful.

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  • Sherry - 2014-01-21
    I have one adult flame dwarf gourami which is a little territorial. My 2 dwarf honey gouramis hang together and seemed to have paled in their color. I have one royal neon blue dwarf gourami which always comes to glass on tank when I walk up, even when he has already eaten.. He seems to like me. lol. I have 2 young powder blue dwarf gouramis which hang together.All of them are males since the fish store did not keep females. So far no fighting. All eat well and were shy when first added to the tank.
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Laura - 2014-01-20
I have a Giant Gourami that we think is 20 years old. She has become a stronger shade of pink lately and seems to not want lettuce, spinach, greens as much as she used to. Loves grapes, bananas, peas and worms. I have heard she should not have too much protein? I have not found much information on gourami's aging. Not sure if I am doing something wrong. I have had her for over 2 years and everything else seems good. Thanks for any help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-20
    It doesn't sound like you're having any problems with her. See the feeding and diet section above. These fish are omnivores and so proteins as well as veggies are appropriate, a balanced diet. They are known to live up to 25 years in captivity with good care, so your's is doing great:)
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Roberto - 2013-12-03
I have a problem with my giant gouramis. Please help me! I live in Mexico and there is very little info about these fish. They've stopped eating and after a while they started to swim at the top of the water and catching air very constantly. They seem to know to catch the air well since the bubbles escape from their gills. I bought 3 giant gouramis before this happened and the same thing happened back again. I don't know what to do, the rest of the tankmates are fine! My knifefish and piranhas are happy and eating but my gouramis they keep on acting the same.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Gulping air at the surface indicates that they don't have enough oxygen in the water, but that doesn't account for their not eating and also your other fish seem fine. I would look at aggression being the problem. Try to see who's picking on who (my guess is your piranhas are the culprits). As a help, I would also look the decor and make sure there are plenty of plants and rocks for hiding places.
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ann - 2013-12-02
Can these gouramis be kept with goldfish?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Goldfish are a coldwater fish and they also put a very heavy load on the aquarium. However goldfish can adapt to a tropical tank, which is what the gouramis need, and if the water quality is kept up with more frequent water changes, these types of fish can be kept together. There may be an issue with aggression you'll have to watch out for. Gouramis pick out a target fish, and although it is usually another gourami, it could become a goldfish.
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Kathie kleinsmith - 2013-11-10
I have a male crown betta whose color has changed, he was black, and now is a rusty red, he appears to be healthy, eats well. What would cause this color change? He also seems very active, he is over a year old.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Bettas can lighten if their water quality is not optimal. But in a well maintained aquarium, more often a change in color is due to genetics. As the fish age, one color often becomes more dominant, and the colors can even form different patterns. The color can stop or it can continue to morph throughout the fishes life. A betta can change so much it will often look like a much different fish than how it was when first acquired!
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Tiffany - 2012-09-04
I just recently took my sisters 10gal tank for my betta fish but it came with 3 blue or 3 spot gourami. So I set up my 50gal tank for them. They are large and I can not tell if they are male or female. I am very new to the fish world and I want to add some more fish to the mix but am worried about what will coexist with these semi aggressive fish. Feel free to ask questions about my tank. Any and all opinions welcome, thanks!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Gouramis are actually great community fish, it's just other gouramis that they get testy with as they mature. You have a nice sized tank and so should be able to easily introduce other community species. Good luck!
  • Melissa - 2013-10-29
    i keep reading they are great community fish. petsmart and petco keep having us try different fish but the gouramis keep killing every fish they recommend. it is crazy b/c i watch it happen. not sure what else to pair with them but be careful b/c it's becoming a huge waste of money.
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