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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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lil lexi - 2013-08-31
Thanks for the info on the gourami's. It helped a lot because I had a small problem with the snails now they're good as eaten.

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Vernell Gilbert - 2013-08-16
I have a veil tail male in and he is very picky about what he eats. He readily takes the betta food, yet that's all he eats. Flakes, freeze dried bloodworms, nor an occasional pea will he eat. My 3 females which are in a seperate tank eat all the above mentioned foods. He is the second male I have owned that has such a picky appetite. Is it normal?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    It could be normal. Some fish are extremely picky. As long as he is eating the betta food, I wouldn't worry about him too much. He is getting the right nutrition.
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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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