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George - 2006-01-11
I have 2 12 inch long gouramis. they are a pair and are doing great with each other. I have a large tank so they have plenty of space to swim. They tend to follow my finger along the tank as i move it up, down, and side to side. I also have 2 tiger oscars which are about 4 inches long. They always seem very hungry and eat almost anything. They too follow and come to the sides of the tank to greet you hehe ... Very friendly fish Great to have!

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Joe-Malaysia - 2006-01-10
I have two wild (black) giant gourami sizes 24" n 18" which i kept it for a long time period. A gourami is a good eater, can eat everything even u give them, even a handburger! u can keep this fish as long as u want but u have to spend some money to buy a 6x2 foot an aquarium because it is a GIANT GOURAMI! For me, i just put both in the pool so they can swim happily ever after...

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Jerry - 2006-01-06
i got my first betta two days ago and he is so cool! i called him "howard" for no particular reason and hes red and the best fish in my tank by far. i would advise anyone to get a siamese fighter because they are so cute! he eats little and doesnt bother any other fish. i would rate them 10/10 :)

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ThE cAt - 2006-01-04
I have a blue and red betta named fred in my tank. every now and then, I'll be feeding my fish and he'll act like he's reading the lable. He also has a strange habit of, at a random moment, swim to the top right corner of the tank as though to take a breath.

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Sylvia - 2005-12-31
These fish are, indeed, a color morph of the honey gourami. As such, they also are 'colisa chuna/sota' (it's either c. chuna or c. sota depending on how up-to-date your sources are) and can inter-breed with the 'wild-type' honey gourami freely. Males grow slightly larger than females and are more brightly colored. the females are also deeper-bodied and wider if viewed from above while the males look skinnier and more stream-lined. Males also develop more of a point to their dorsal and anal fins (look at the picture provided on the website). The 'wild-type' honey gourami males also rurn a dark blue-black color around their ventral area when in breeding condition. This morph does not always show this so don't let that confuse you. Just in case anyone is interested, I'd like to add that the two 'feelers' or 'antennae' people often reffer to are modified ventral (also called pelvic) fins. They are used to explore and taste objects - or other fish as it might be - and are useful for finding food in dark or murky waters. these fish do best in trios - 1 male and 2 females - with at least 5 gallons per fish. Males are territorial but won't be aggressive unless kept in too small a tank. Females are social and enjoy other females' company but are likely to get chased by males which is why keeping mroe than one female per male is important - it means the male devides his attention between the two so neither is unduly stressed. You can also keep males alone or females in a single-sex group. These are a wonderful fish to keep. hardier than dwarf gouramies, which are another popular species, and smaller but just as colorful.

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barbs - 2005-12-23
bettas rock my socks! bettas in general go through a lot they shouldnt have to though. firstly, BETTAS ARE NOT COLDWATER FISH. whatever tank or bowl you have, you need to get an aquarium heater. second, a half gallon barely constitutes a tank, and in no way constitutes something to keep ANY fish in. Your betta needs at least 2.5-5 gallons with a heater. a sponge filter with a gentle flow is ideal, but a not required. once a week, change about 25% of the tank water. your bettas will probably survive even if the above conditions are met, but they will be miserable. the fact that they have the labryinth (air breathing) organ only constutitutes that they will die slower than other fish in poor conditions.

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Simone Bostic - 2005-12-19
My pet Gourami is Marina. She is 13 inches and still growing. She is in a 120 gal tank with a Jack Dempsey, 3 moonlight gouramis, 3 goldfish and a few tiny African Cichlids. I have never missed any of her tiny tankmates. I feed her Select Cut Dog Food (one piece at a time, no gravy) otherwise she'll eat me out of house and home. This is a great fish. I recommend it if you have a large tank and a sense of humor.

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andre - 2005-12-10
hi this fish is a nice fish i have had mine for almost 2 months.

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erica - 2005-12-10
My mom had a giant gourami. His name is Bandit. I bought him from Wal-Mart when he was only 3" long and we had him over a year till he was 11" long. We had so much fun with him. We finally had to give him up because he was just too big and a handful for my mom. We tried to feed him lettuce for the first time and he instantly loved it. He also loved pieces of ground cooked chicken. Sometimes I would play with him by wiggling my finger in front of his tank and he would try to attack it and at the same time his tail would go and cause a tidal wave to go over the tank and make a big mess. One time I tried to do that while my mom was near it, but unfortunately he wouldn't do it, Darn it. We do miss him a lot, my mom more so because he was her fish. He is at the Petco store in our local area and in a huge tank where it is better for him. According to my mom who visits him, he is homesick. I told her it is for the best.

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Nicole S. - 2005-12-06
I have 2 Honey Gouramis in a 20 gallon tank, and I really enjoy them! Mine are very peaceful and do not bother any of my other fish (I have 15 other fish: various tetras, barbs, and a pleco.) The only thing that I have noticed is that they don't seem to eat. My tetras are such aggressive eaters that the food is usually gone by the time the gouramis even realized it was there. Other than that, the two are always playing with one another and following each other around. Great fish to have in a community aquarium.

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