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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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Shaylah - 2013-10-22
I have a blue paradise fish about 2 inches it's a male and is in a community tank with a baby angel fish, a baby glass fish, some kind of baby loach fish, and two male fancy guppies and a small snail. . . I have not noticed any aggression with my paradise, he gets along with all the small tank mates. I got them all as babies so they will grow together. He has the best personality, i'm hoping as he gets older he won't pick on the smaller fish.

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Flora - 2011-06-28
A couple weeks ago, my family bought some fish. I'm not sure of all the breeds, but their are two gourami fish in there. I have a pearl gourami and there is also a Opaline gourami. I believe the Pearl is a male and I think the Opaline is as well. There is also a guppy in there as well and I'm slightly worried. From what I've read, smaller fish tend not to last with gouramis. Should I be worried for the guppy? Also, the Opaline gourami has some strange behaviour. Whenever we switch the light off in the tank, it goes crazy. It swims to the top incredibly fast and then zooms around for a while. It tends to circle around the thermometer, on the side of the tank, as well. It chases my pearl gourami around constantly. Is there anything wrong?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    Since the Gouramis are omnivores and will grow up to at least 6 inches and will eat all kinds of live fresh food, I'd say it's a good chance the Gouramis will eat the little guys. Guppies are pretty small and I would think the Gourami would think it might make an excellent meal. I have no idea about switching the light off in the tank. It might just be a startled reaction that he needs to get used to. Are you switching the light off when the room is dark? You could try switching the light off when the room light is on and then switch the tank light off. I leave a nightlight on for my birds - I don't know if throwing a fish into darkness fast would startle them.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-12
    If you notice your Guppy with nipped fins, or the Gouramis chasing him, remove the fish and place it into another aquarium. Fish are known to act like that when the lights in the aquarium are turned off. No one is entirely sure why, however it may be due to the fact that unlike the Sun, which doesn't simply turn off like a light switch, the aquarium lights do. In an attempt to solve this issue, I would dim the lights in the room the aquarium is located before bed time. Additionally, I would turn the aquarium lights off at a set time, every light, so that the fish can become biologically predisposed as to when the lights are going off. This, should minimize the behavior in the fish.
  • Daisy - 2013-08-06
    I had over 30 guppies with a gold gourami and an opaline gourami. They were fine and got along great. When they all died I bought more guppies and they were fine too.
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Flora - 2011-06-28
A couple weeks ago, my family bought some fish. I'm not sure of all the breeds, but their are two gourami fish in there. I have a pearl gourami and there is also a Opaline gourami. I believe the Pearl is a male and I think the Opaline is as well. There is also a guppy in there as well and I'm slightly worried. From what I've read, smaller fish tend not to last with gouramis. Should I be worried for the guppy? Also, the Opaline gourami has some strange behaviour. Whenever we switch the light off in the tank, it goes crazy. It swims to the top incredibly fast and then zooms around for a while. It tends to circle around the thermometer, on the side of the tank, as well. It chases my pearl gourami around constantly. Is there anything wrong?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    Since the Gouramis are omnivores and will grow up to at least 6 inches and will eat all kinds of live fresh food, I'd say it's a good chance the Gouramis will eat the little guys. Guppies are pretty small and I would think the Gourami would think it might make an excellent meal. I have no idea about switching the light off in the tank. It might just be a startled reaction that he needs to get used to. Are you switching the light off when the room is dark? You could try switching the light off when the room light is on and then switch the tank light off. I leave a nightlight on for my birds - I don't know if throwing a fish into darkness fast would startle them.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-12
    If you notice your Guppy with nipped fins, or the Gouramis chasing him, remove the fish and place it into another aquarium. Fish are known to act like that when the lights in the aquarium are turned off. No one is entirely sure why, however it may be due to the fact that unlike the Sun, which doesn't simply turn off like a light switch, the aquarium lights do. In an attempt to solve this issue, I would dim the lights in the room the aquarium is located before bed time. Additionally, I would turn the aquarium lights off at a set time, every light, so that the fish can become biologically predisposed as to when the lights are going off. This, should minimize the behavior in the fish.
  • Daisy - 2013-08-06
    I had over 30 guppies with a gold gourami and an opaline gourami. They were fine and got along great. When they all died I bought more guppies and they were fine too.
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Angela - 2004-09-09
I am the proud mother of two adult Three Spot Gourami and one (recently added) juvenile Gold Gourami. When my Three Spotters were younger, one was always bigger than the other, and they would chase each other, the smaller, paler one often being cowed. Now, however, they have grown to about the same size (4.5 inches) and are great friends. No territorial issues or anything besides hte occasional playful chase, but they never hurt each other anymore. When I added my Gold, I was worried because I have read so much about gourami being violent towards smaller fish, but I have had a no serious problems. I actually saw my gold chasing one of my adults! It was adorable. They all swim whereever they wish in my tank, and get along well. No problems with the homicidal tendancies that so many complain about, either. Wonderful fish! And so hardy, they can handle most temperatures and water conditions, and eat just about anyting they can fit in their mouths.

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  • Amanda - 2013-09-21
    Tiger Barbs are a schooling fish and for their size are trouble fin nippers. I will never own them again. I have five Clown Loaches and they are a hoot, and also are schooling fish, but they will get large. For a 65 gl tanks I would only get  2 or 3. Had sunfish and didn't expect it to be agressive, lol.
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