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Anonymous - 2013-08-04
I have been feeding my betta flakes and bloodworms for the whole six months I have had him. Whenever I try to get him to eat pellets he spits them out and tries again, he will do this repeatedly. I'm pretty sure he wants to eat them but can't. Does anyone know some techniques I could use in order to make them easier to eat?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-04
    Yes it sounds like the pellets are just too big for him to swallow. You may want to just crush them up in a plastic bag before giving them to him? If they are floating pellets they should stay at the top of the water, making it easier for him to get the smaller pieces.
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HP - 2006-05-08
This fish is definitely making a comeback in the Malaysia. This fish will develop its coloration based on the background color. If the aquarium background is dark, the red coloration at the edge of the fin looks brilliant but the fish overall coloration is dark and looks purplish black. On the other hand if the background is white, the fish will look brownish and the red marking is not so prominant as a dark background.
This fish is bred in captivity and coloration depends very much on the feed, to see the coloration in full, ideally the aquarium should have a very dark background and color enhancing light will help show off the colouration of the male fish.
This fish are also very agressive and when challenged will normally confront the intruder. Get them used to your glass taping and they will normally follow your finger as you move along the aquarium.
A well, a trained fish is not only adorable but a prize possesion

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  • Izwan sawall - 2013-07-16
    Both direct sunlight and food plays an important part in producing intense red colour on fins and tail. Colour enhancing aquarium bulbs will increase the colour but is only for a short period. Keeping the fish under direct sunlight (of course with some shade) will help retain the red colour without fading.
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Kushan - 2010-05-18
How to identify the Red fin giants from the other types of giant gouramis, when they are young? They do not show the red colour when they are young!
And how could we identify the sex of the Giant gourami's.? Is the method of colour intensity work always?

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  • izwan sawall - 2013-07-16
    Compared to common gouramy (O.Gouramy) the body color of young red fin giant gouramis are much darker. They do not have vertical lines that you see on the normal gouramy. Yes they do not get their red until reach to a size of about 6-7 inches. It's very difficult to identify the males and females when they are small. A mature male has intense red on its tail & fins whereas the female does not have intense red colour and the dorsal fin is blunt.
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Lori - 2011-08-29
I have had 5 Powder Blue Gouramis and they looked good, but they start to get thin and then die. They are eating, don't show signs of disease, then they get listless and die with in days. I have a healthy 55 gallon tank, lots of plants and hiding places. I have Angels, Parrots, Kissing Gouramis, Tetras and Barbs. They all seem to get along, with some spats, but nothing constant. Any suggestions?

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  • Harry - 2012-01-23
    How big is your angel? I have gourami and angel mixed tank and to begin with it was a struggle angels at time can be very aggressive
    Especially when fully grown!!
  • daryl - 2012-02-16
    I have the same problem and the same size tank. My other dwarf Gouramis do great just the powder blues are having a problem.. Wonder what is going on no signs of disease.
  • ben - 2013-07-14
    Hello we got a powder blue dwarf gourami a week ago and everything was fine until earlier today it seems to be having problems staying a float... side fins and tail fin was going like 90 miles an hour and it was barely moving and looked like it was breathing hard or having trouble breathing. And it looks like its tail fin is deformed or something like its tail fin and under belly fin are all in one... we have a red dwarf gourami for a month or more now and it's just fine and looks normal.
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Nody - 2013-07-05
I have a kissing gourami.

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Mani60C - 2010-02-21
I'm Emmanuel, I have 3 siamese fighting fish. One that is blue red and black, I called him Swish because his colors are sorta smooth and mixed. I have a pink one, my mum called it sweetness but I call it sweet. I have a purple and white one called Rage because he fought with sweet 7 hours straight. He was tired the next morning lol. Swish is ready to breed, his bubble nest is huge. I'm purchasing a female soon so he can breed.

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  • YUKESH - 2010-09-25
    I have yellow red and blue mixed siamese fighting fish i call it as blue buji because it is so bulky.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    i love the names! they will breed like crazy!!!!!! although sometimes females never want to bred, its annoying when they do that.
  • Betta lover - 2013-06-05
    Is it necessary to breed a Betta when it is grown. I thinking of not to breed my Betta as it requires more care..pls reply me..
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Betta lover - 2013-06-05
I have a pretty crown tail betta in a 1.5 gal bowl ,I bought him 1 month ago.it is blue , red and purple.it is 3months old when I bought it.. during his 3rd day in my house he got ammonia poisoning disease.. I browsed internet for solutions and finally I decided to change 100% water everyday and adding aquarium salt every time..miracle it really worked.my fish is extremely happy..his colours are vibrant and glowing.his fins are really growing in good pace. I feed him with pellets and egg yolk. its very nutritious and good for its health.pls everyone try this. I used to place a mirror for its exercise just for 15mins. I feed him about 2minutes how much he likes to and 3times a day. pls everyone follow there and make ur fish happy forever. pls do water changes regularly and remove any un eaten food or waste in the aquarium. all the best. any doubts pls comment here.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-05
    So glad to hear you were able to catch the water problem before you lost your beautiful Betta. Now you have a wonderful... and beautiful pet, and will have for a long time I bet:)
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Patrick D. - 2003-08-20
I keep one male and three females in a 29 gal. tank with four blues and four pearls. I also have 2 loaches. They all do just fine and the pearls are easy to breed. The blues nip sometimes but only each other. Pearls are easy to keep and work well with gouramis or other same-sized fish.

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bob - 2010-02-01
hi, I am Bob. I am keeping betta for many years. There are a little problem with feeding when you first buy them. Try to feed them livefoods, especially live bloodworms, mosquito larvae etc. If it is taking prepaired food, then no problem. My betta, which have reddish blue colouring which did'nt take pellets, but insects and meat pieces. If you want a fancy show from your betta, try to keep a mirror in your tank so that your fish can see it. He will inflate it's gillls, and straighten his fins, looking highly magestic. Betta's are curious and intelligent fishes, try to keep caves in the tank and your betta will sometime hide there, even when there are strong currents, to escape fron the currents.

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  • Elana - 2010-04-06
    i never knew they liked mirrors! very cool thanks for adding that
  • ananya roy - 2013-03-11
    Actually the male betta mistakes his own shadow to be another male betta and displays his 'fighting mood'. The inflation of his gills, and straightening of his fins are all displays of his 'fighting strategy' to shoo off the second betta he sees (here it is his own reflection). Also he is not at all amused with a mirror, he sees it as his opponent and gets stressed.
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Lan Phan - 2008-09-23
Hi everyone this is Lan Phan again and recently in the last 5 months or so I've had a 1600 gallon aquarium that was custom built for me. For the moment my aquarium consist of
7 six-eight inches Jardini Arowanas, 1 four-five inch Redtail Giant Gourami, 1 five inch Albino Giant Gourami, 35 three inch Blood Parrot, 3 four and a half inch Sydontis Catfish, 1 four inch Albino Ruby Red Oscar, 1 four inch Red Tiger Oscar, 8 seven inch Silver Arowanas and 12 five inch Silver Dollars. On top of that I'm running 4 150 gallon
wet/dry filters and 6 UV. My friend also helped me installed an automatic water change feature on my aquarium which allowed me to changed about 15-25% of water every two to three weeks and than it would automatically fill up by itself. Can't wait till my next project hopefully soon. Remember dreams are stretched to the limit as only you it allow it to.

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  • frebs.. - 2010-10-23
    Hi by your description I would like to see a picture of your aquarium,...........
  • JOHN - 2011-08-09
    You have too many aggressive fish in your tank.....Your tank water will get dirty easily and that needs a lot of changing to keep it in prime condition for your fish. You will need a powerful filter/filters to do the job.
  • Shashi - 2013-03-08
    Holy Cow! Outstanding description! I would love to see pics of this! And the automatic water system... a dream come true. I currently have a 180G set up with a Giant Red Tailed Gourami. He was a rescue that had quite a rough start. No fins were left on this poor fish :( Fast forward almost 3 years and he is a beautiful boy. He shares the tank with a typical Plecostemous. Goes towards him to bump him now and then, but never hurts him. I have a nice rocky outcrop with drift wood that houses his 'area' quite nicely. My last Gourami was a Giant Albino. She lived to be over 22 years. I bought her when she was just under the size of a dollar bill. She ended up about 20' when she died. She gave up eating for about a week and I knew it was time. It broke my heart and I waited over a year before I found 'Norbert'. Everyone simply called the female 'Bitchy Fish'... although her name was 'Chessita'. Any how... PICS PLEASE! (if you still have it set up... I realize this was several years ago!)
  • Megan - 2013-03-28
    Hi there, nice to hear there are other giants out there, mine is about seven years old 1.5ft long and current living in a 1000L tank. I am waiting to build a custom made tank for him as he has just travelled 6 hours across across the country in a truck. Very tough fish, wonderful characteristics, he knows my voice and prefers company to view whether it be dogs or humans he loves to watch what you're up to. Not looking forward to the day he passes, anyone know how long they live for?
  • Casey Shigemi - 2013-04-20
    hi, I live in NYC and bought my gouramie when he was silver dollar size and in 10gal tank. I upgraded to 26gal and had wanted to go to 55gal. I didn't know he would get so big and I can't fit anything bigger than a 55gal in my NYC apartment. This gouramie is approximately 18' and only about 2 years old. I had no idea he would get this big and even bigger and live so long. He is beautiful and likes to be pet. I can't take care of him much longer if he is to have a happy life. Any advice on a place or zoo or animal shelter I could donate him to? Please help!
  • Bill - 2013-04-29
    Nice tank! But you have far to many fish for a tank, even one that size.
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