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Marco Ramirez - 2005-02-02
I HAVE 1 OPALINE GOURAMI,1 GOLDEN GOURAMI, 3 TINFOIL BARBS, 1 ORANDA, 2 ROSIE BARBS, AND ABOUT 4 PLECOS IN MY 55 GALLON TANK. THEY ALL REALLY GET ALONG JUST GREAT. THEY ARE REALLY COOL TO WATCH AND THEY ARE NOT HARD TO TAKE CARE OF. IM THINKING OF GETTING A PEARL GOURAMI AND A KISSING GOURAMI. I RECOMMEND THESE FISH TO ANYONE.

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Delia - 2005-01-31
Hi Everyone! Bettas are my personal favorite and its so great to see other people that can appreciate the soul of these little creatures. Anyhoo, I just got my 5th Betta from a petstore 4 days ago. He was kept in dirty water with females who had nipped his fins to shreads. He also had large Anchor worms on his fins. Medications against parasites usually lower the fishes resistance to disease and sometimes dont even kill the parasites. I carefully removed the anchor worms with a tweezer and now have my new friend in an isolation tank (75 degrees, PH 7.0) treated with Melafix and stress coat, performing daily 100% water changes. He is already growing back his fins, swimming around happily, and his anchor worm wounds are healing up quick. Im thrilled at this turnaround and recommend melafix highly for the treatments of open wounds and fin growth :} Just thought I would share.

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Sharon - 2005-01-27
These little guys are the greatest. I have an assortment of them...2 red flame, 2 neon blues and 2 blues in a 55gal. community tanka, And then two 3 spots in a 10 gal. they all come and eat the frozen bloodworms and tubifex from my hand when I feed. I love them and they are very friendly.

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Steve Rich - 2005-01-19
I have been breeding this species for a while now. I love them and believe them to be one of the best tropical fish available. The fish are quite agressive but (normally) only towards each other and it never gets too nasty, just a bit of chasing and nudging etc. I notice when I remove a male for breeding the other must re-arrange the ranking order in the tank (Who is most dominant etc) and so when the breeding is over and he is re-introduced there is always a lot of flared fins and tail slapping etc, this only last an hour or so and I have never seen any fish become injured due to this, one of them always seems to back off before it gets that bad. My advice is dont remove them too quickly, watch them and you will see the violence stop as soon as the Alpha male is decided and the rankings are agreed by the other tankmates. After that you will just see the highest ranked fish chasing the others from time to time and they always run away. Good Luck. Steve...

QUICK BREEDING TIP: I have noticed I get better breeding results from choosing a male that is not very high in the ranking order (The one that always runs away and doesnt fight). This is because he will spend more time on the nest than the high ranking males. They normally spend 95% of their time chasing the female and only 5% building. The lower ranking male tends to ignore the female for longer periods of time and puts the nest toghether quicker and better.

(Dont get me wrong he does still chase the female away etc as this is natural).

Steve...

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najmiey - 2005-01-11
I like my half moon betta. Pearl in colour and excellent when moving around the tank.

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annonomous - 2005-01-09
The Betta is my personal favorite. I keep my bettas in one gallon aquariums. One thing you should know is that you should clean their tanks or jars every three days, especially if the tank is small.

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karla - 2005-01-09
i have 2 opaline gouramis, a male betta, 2 tiger barbs, and a plecotomus and they all get along great. once in a while my betta chases my gouramis, but so far i havent had any problem at all with my gouramis being "aggressive". they are very fascinating fish.

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Jennifer.M.S - 2005-01-07
I got my first betta a couple of months ago, and for christmas i got a tank with a divider. Yesterday I got another betta. He is a beautiful, blue with red bits on his fins. I called him Whinfred. I like watching them flare at each other. Bettas are a really good fish and if you want a fish get a betta.

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john - 2005-01-06
I just got my first larger size aquarium, ten gallons, and I put a Red tail shark, a guppie, and two black skirt tetras into the tank. After my shark decided to commit suicide, there was a small opening near the filter he jumped out of (oops!), I went and got a Blue Gourami and a plecko. At first everything was fine and dandy but then I came home one day and the Gourami had killed the two tetras. The guppie seems to be ok though. I think its best to keep the Gouramis away from the little guys.

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James - 2005-01-01
I keep my snakeskin gourami in a large community tank filled with congo tetras, scissortails, corydoras cats and kribs. She gets on very well with everyone, though she occasionally picks fights with the male congo tetras and the kribs, but has never won despite being much bigger than every fish in the tank. One problem i did have with her was that she would kill any pearl gouramis i put in the tank, there was loads of plants and other places to hide, but she would seek out the pearl gouramis and chase them non-stop until they were dead.
Two things i like most about the snakeskin gourami is that they grow big, (but not so big that you need a huge tank, like the 2ft giant gourami)and also that not many people seem to have them. Most of the fishkeepers i know had not seen or heard of them, and they are not in many books.

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