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NINA - 2006-06-03
I have 2 gold gouramis that I bought from the same tank together when they were both just about the same size. I believe they are both males due to the shape of their dorsal fins. The problem I am having though, is that one of the gouramis seemed to be the more aggressive one...but it has gotten to the point now where he is significantly larger than his fellow counterpart and will chase the smaller one into the top corner of the tank behind the filter and nip at his little fins. I am very distraught over this as I don't know if they will outgrow this, or if my smaller less aggressive gourami will be forever confined to one corner of the tank behind the filter. The larger begins chasing the smaller to that exact spot in the tank every time and once the smaller one stays put in the corner, the larger will leave him alone and swim away...like he's showing him his place in the tank. I know they can be extremely territorial fish, but I feel so bad for my smaller gourami who is always stuck in the corner. Also, I am afraid the stress may be affecting him, and that maybe he isn't as large because he isn't getting enough food due to the larger gourami. Honestly, I've been in the process of getting another tank to separate him and see how he does without his bully of a counterpart chasing him all day. I really hope it works out for both fish.

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James Torres - 2006-05-27
I have a Giant Gourami, and his name is Rammy :) he is now 8 inches long and he eats pellets. So I decided to change his food into Super Worms, which he eats almost 5 times daily :: . As an alternative food, I also give him pellets and some leafy vegetables :)

I always play with him, when I point my finger at him he acts like he's attacking me, and he often follows my fingers whenever I point :0 When we eat our breakfast, lunch and dinner, he looks at me like he's begging for food to eat. :0 My Giant Gourami is a very friendly fish. i also had a Flower Horn (Mercury General) but i still love my Gourami :)

James
Davao City, Philippines

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Mary Taft - 2006-05-23
My male betta, Pearl, is beautful with a dark red body with light red fins. I used to keep it in a small tank, but now I put it in a 5 gallon tank. It used to be boring to look at, staying still and turning. When I put it in the new tank, it turns on it's side on the top of the water & skims across! Its fun to look at now. I think bettas are full of surprises and great pets. I agree that eveyone should have one.

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daniel - 2006-05-16
I have a 29 Gallon tank with a Dwarf Red Gourami, Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami, 2 Pink Kissing Gourami's, 1 Opaline Gourami, 1 Gold Gourami, and 1 Snakeskin Gourami with about 30 medium to large goldfish (the most common ones you see in stores), 2 Sailfin Mollies, 10 Guppies, 15 Rosy Reds and 3 Pleco's. The Snakeskin tends to engage in "mock" battles with the Opaline and Gold since they are his size (opaline being slightly bigger), but all in all I have various hiding places, 3 water filtration pumps (10 Gal, 20 Gal, and 100 Gal) and they are not really territorial with eachother or the other fish, even the mollies are docile. Though cleaning is an interesting prospect with 3 Gourami's "feeling" your hand and arm and taking nibbles at you or "charging" your hand

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daniel - 2006-05-16
Snakeskin Gourami's add a "reptilian" grace to any aquarium. My girlfriend and I have recently purchased one and despite being in an aquarium (29 Gallons) with a load of other fish (Rosy Red's, Goldfish, Pleco's, Guppies and a few other Gourami's (Neon Blue, Opaline, 2 Pink Kissers, Gold, and one that has a blue dorsal and red body) and 2 Sail Fin Mollies, he/she is relatively peaceful with all of them, only going at the Gold or Opaline a few times now and then in a "mock" establishment of dominance.

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Dave - 2006-05-07
the dwarf gourami is a very interesting looking fish, probably the first fish that catches your eye at a fish store, and though you are tempted to buy it there are a few things to look out for. gouramies, like bettas, catch disease very easily so one thing you should do before buying them is make sure the tank you are going to put them in is very clear. give them good filtration and plenty of hiding spots. before you decide to buy them, always check the tank at the store. if the tank is dirty or if there is any dead fish there don't buy them. they are a labyrinth fish so no airpump is needed. you should have a heater, the perfect temperature for these guys is 77 degrees. they will hide for the first few days, whether it be behind a plant or in a cave and are slow movers. they are best kept with tetras, guppies, and other slow movers. they should be kept in singles or in groups of 4 or more, if kept in 2 or 3 the dominant one will make the others hide in a corner all day. they love freeze-dried brine shrimp and blood worms. they are a very good fish, just watch out for fungal infections. that seems to be the biggest illness with these fish.

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T. Morris - 2006-05-02
i found my female dwarf gouramis to be aggressive towards each other, my larger female chases the smaller one to the corner of my 90ltr aquarium so i removed her into a 10 gal tank and she gets on fine. My male dwarf gourami is a striking fish he is beautiful, it is not a good idea to put him into an aquarium with females as they become aggressive, only mix them if you are intending to breed them. Thier aquarium needs to be heavily planted and provide them with hiding places. My male gets along with my other fish (blackmoor, ghost carp, 4 leopard danios, 2 small fantails adding platys, corydoras and other fish soon). i had to remove my other female because she bullied my small gourami and started nipping the fins of my blackmoor. i recommend keeping one female or one male on their own with other fish of the same size.

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Devon - 2006-04-30
I have 4 Bettas at home. Volt, Redray, Dablu, and Sonic. They are my most colorful and attractive fish I have. Volt has gold and yellow colored body. He has a nice white part on his tail. Redray has a bright red body. Bright, clear white parts on his tail. Dablu has a bright blue body, with nice see through blue fins. Sonic has a dark blue body, also with see through fins. I love my bettas so much! Bettas are the recommended fish to have as a good pet.

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jen - 2006-04-27
I have a female betta named Holly and she really breaks the stereo type that female bettas are ugly. She has a white body with wine coloured fins and face. her mouth is a little darker so it looks like she's wearing lipstick. She's a little devilish because she harrasses her guppy tank mates. Especially the females when they are trying to hide while giving birth. I can't stay mad at her though because she's too cute.

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Anonymous - 2006-04-27
i luv kissing gourami's there sooo cute, and romantic lol jk

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