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Katie - 2006-07-10
I have 2 Gold Gouramis in a tank with 2 Angelfish and a Zebra Pleco and they all do just fine together. Both of my Gouramis came from the same tank and are about 3-4 inches long and were very healthy when we bought them and they still are. I must say that this fish is rather easy to take care of, but they are VERY skiddish, even more so than the Angels. Also if you have not one of these fish already, and you plan to buy one, be cautious on the first few weeks because they get so much more stressed out than the other fish upon new tank entry.

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Elaine - 2006-07-05
my betta fish sam was a dark red-blue. he would always (when i wasn't looking) make a face and pull out the fin under his neck, but i would catch him everytime he did it. he was so adorable, i would sit there for four hours and watch him do it

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Angela - 2006-06-26
I have had a gourami tank for three years now. I have a gold gourami and two blue gouramis. All three are about 5 inches in length and very vibrant in colors. Together, they are very passive fish, though they do have their set territories in my 55Gal tank. Originally, I began with one gourami and found that it DID pick on the other fish, but when kept in a community of odd numbers (3 or more) the three spot gourami family does just fine. This is a semi-aggressive fish by all means, as they do have their set zones in the tank and when summer time comes around the males have little challenges where their colors tend to darken and they 'feel' each other and will charge at one another quite fiercely. I've never had any injuries, but can imagine that it is very possible with such strong fish.

Beautiful and people friendly, my gouramis will try and feel your fingers if you put them next to the glass or while I am cleaning the tank. They have also felt over the other fish but never harmed any of them. Keep in mind I have a purely smi-aggressive tank however and everyone can hold their own. All fish have one rule... If it fits in my mouth I'll eat it.

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gus - 2006-06-19
I took over caring duties for a friend of mines Blue Gourami that he named Guami. He is in a 26 Gal. Bow front along with two YoYo loaches, eight neon black tetras, eight glo-lite tetras and for a little while six zebra danios. He at first had a problem with being in the tank, attacking everyone in it, but I took all the fish out, re-arranged all of the plants and drift wood and such, and put him in last. He leaves everyone alone now and just hangs out in the top right corner of the tank while I am watching him, but if I sit down across the room he swims around the plants and just feels everything up. He jumps like crazy when I walk by, but that has gotten better since he has gotten to know me. Very nice fish, and very beautiful. I am considering starting a Gourami tank with three or four pairs of these guys in it.

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sparki - 2006-06-13
i recently bought a beautiful neon dwarf gourami. i bought him in hopes that he would become my almost 4 year old powder blue (what i believe is a female)gourami's new best friend, after her friend moosache died. well, they didnt hit it off, but they didnt rip each other to shreds either. I think Fire Works(the male) respects Danny's(the female) high status in the little group of fish that i own. Recently however, ive noticed that fire works and danny are either challenging each other, or they are in love, because FW is building what i beleive to be a bubble nest. well, whatevers happening, alls fair in love and war.

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  • Summer - 2010-03-23
    That's funny!
    I am new to this hobby, only a year but I am going to get my blue dwarf soon.
    Thanks for your story.

    Summer
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Anonymous - 2006-06-10
My female, Star, flips if I put my finger on the top of her tank. She also changes her shade of color every day. My male, DJ, always is looking at her. I think it is so cute!

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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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