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hashvin - 2014-05-01
Hi guys I bought 2 black giant gouramis today. They are small but one is bigger than the other. The big guy is starting to attack the other guy and he is wounded. Then I separated the bigger guy then the wounded one is starting to shiver and it ate in the morning but is not eating now. And I need to know the gender of giant gouramis. Please any solutions? (Thank you very much)

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  • Novita Ulina - 2014-05-20
    Hi it's very common for gurame (indonesian name for giant gourami) to attack each other. To recognize their gender is the female have big thick lips ;) while the male is smaller.
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Jen - 2014-03-05
I have an Osphronemus Gourami which is now 37 years old. Has anyone got one older? He lives on his own as he has tended to eat other fish in the past that have been put in his tank. He is playful, recognizes different people, eats vegetables, fruit, worms etc. but loves chocolate cereals, walnuts and cooked egg yolks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    That's a really old gourami! I like the variety of food you give him :)
  • sheila - 2014-03-27
    Hi Jen I have an albino giant gourami. I got it like 5 years ago and it has gotten so big, it is now 19 inches OMG. It is very playful but aggressive at times. I give it pellets and sometimes a snack like jam and veggies. I have it in a 55 gallon tank, will it survive or can I buy a pond because another fish tank I can't afford, but I want to keep my pet.
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Anonymous - 2014-03-23
I just got a new tank, I have about 9 fish in a 10 gallon. One of my Opaline gouramis was always playing in the mirror so I got another. The first day they were chasing each other around a lot. (Not in a violent way) and I believe it's a male that I already had and I just got a female. Everything seemed fine until yesterday, I checked the tank and there was a chunk of tail (or the biggest fin in the back I don't know what it's called lol) of the female and now she stays in the cave. I have a lot and the male tries to hug her but she swims away and is almost never at the surface anymore. Will she heal and what do you think is the cause of this?

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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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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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