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Rahu Bura - 2004-03-30
I used to have a few pairs of female and male bettas. The veil-tailed variety. I thought that if i let the male and females of the same colour mate, the baby bettas would be the same colour as well. However, I noticed within the first few weeks after the eggs hatched, that the baby bettas we infact a different colour from the parent bettas. Also, it is definately true that bettas are one of the more difficult fishes to breed. Firstly, the male has to accept the female and not kill her. After that, you have to worry that you do not keep the male in the tank with the fry for too long. He may start eating them. Lastly, you have to worry about the food to feed the tiny fry. After a few weeks more, you have to seperate the young fry. Not an easy task. It is also true that males cannot be kept together. However, female bettas can be kept together.

kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
is it truly hard to breed fighting fish? im only 11 and i have bred my fighting fish and they are almost 7 weeks old! thanks to all the people that replayed and helped me and thanks to this web site!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-13
    That is an amazing job.  They are not the easiest fish to breed.  Be very pround of doing this!
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-13
    there not my first fish ive bred, first i bred gambusia affins when i was 5 years old, then i bred guppy( but they were all midgets) and then these, but they are my first egg laying fish ive bred, and i once got a male and female that hated each other, now i have 2 that were love at first site, its so easy now, just put em in together next day a nest filled with eggs, but i couldn't have done it with out the help of all the replyers and this website. thanks!
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-13
    i also had many problems with this brood they are still extremely small and hatched 48 hours after being laid, i hope they live
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    I hope they do too. I bred Siamese Fighting Fish a number of years ago, and the biggest challenge I had was having a small tank for each of the babies. So many little tanks and they had to have regular water changes done... so took a lot of But it was fun and a very rewarding experience.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-08
my gourami stresses for no reason then acks like its not stressing!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-08
    Gouramis do tend to act stressed easily.  Usually caused by something.  Could be lights or just movement outside the tank.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
    it is in a tank filled with guppies
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-08
please help! its been 6 weeks today since my fighters bred but the baby are still about 3.5mm long! im feeding them Sera micron and they have plants please help!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-08
    What is it your areneeding help on?  That is an amazing job breeding your fighter!  Not many are able too.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-09
    I'm wondering if this is normal for a 6 week old betta? Thanks by the way they seem quite easy to breed, just a small tank, breeding trap and the fish, that's all it takes, but its natural dam water so it has micro organisms.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-09
    That seems about right at 3.5mm. You can see a pictorial view of the Siamese Fighting fish growth rate at this site Betta Growth in Pictures.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-11
    I had a look they look about as big as a 2 week old, I hope they grow alright.
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kye turnbull - 2013-04-11
these fish are beautiful, i love the kissing and they are so hardy and easy to feed, a great fish, my brother calls them x

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Harry - 2011-03-03
Hi , I have a giant gourami's about 3 years old ...Does anyone know how long they live ..I believe mine is a female as she does not have that hump on her head and fins are round. She is only about 16 - 18 inches . Does anyone happen to know their life span ?

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  • Ray - 2011-03-04
    Hi Harry, I used to have one a few yrs ago, and would like another now, they can live up to about 20yrs I read some where. So a long time, I'm thinking of getting a pond in a shed to house these, and a RTC I might be getting fingers crossed.
  • bob - 2011-03-04
    Hi I have a giant gourami I have had him for 40 years and he was a foot long when I got him, so he must be older, also favorite food is grapes and the odd prawn cracker, no problem with tiny fish when she's happy she will change colour to gold and let the small fish and clean her, she is 33" long.
  • Hugo - 2011-03-04
    I seen one at temple for over 15 years old already and still alive, the one that we had survived around 10 years.
  • Coll Inn - 2011-03-03
    About 20 years but some live up to 25 years. There's a mechanic shop here that has 1 about 2ft++ that old guy is about 25 years as the owner claims....
  • Johan - 2011-03-03
    The last post states that the giant gourami would live to 20/25 years of age, however this is incorrect. If the giant gourami is cared for well they can live to be over 100 years plus. My giant gourami is 37 years old and 67 cm in length.
  • zan - 2011-06-07
    Hey Harry, giant gourami can live around 15 to 25 years. Mine is still alive and he is around 13 years. happy day
  • JEANETTE - 2011-08-11

    I've had my osphronemus for 35 years!
  • Wee - 2011-11-12
    My best friend used to have one but a male gourami. If I'm not mistaken, he has been keeping this fish more than 20 odd years. If possible, avoid feeding it with meat. Fruits and vegetables the best.
  • jayne - 2013-03-13
    hi i have had my gourami for 24 years now and he was 16 when i had him so he's now 40.I have enjoyed every day that i've had him and love him to bits.
  • Katrina - 2013-04-04
    I know a guy who was 60 years old and he said his father got his GG when the father was 20 and the guy was not born I old fellow had him and he was 60 so the fish was at least 80 years and still going strong... I have just purchased a red tail he is 5 cm long and hides a lot.. I can't wait till he grows. Love these fish.
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Stacey Croasmun - 2013-03-28
I have a ten gallon aquarium that I started for my son with a large fantail goldfish. A couple weeks later We added a Flame Dwarf Gourami and a very small white Gourami (I'm not sure what it's called). The Flame Gourami picked on the little one for a day and then everything was fine.Now a couple months later we bought two snails for the algea and the two Gouramis are tearing them apart! What should I do? I've taken the Gouramis out and put them in a fish bowl until I get a's terrible!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-28
    I would remove the snail if it is an issue.  Gourami's should not be left in a fish bowl.
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kye turnbull - 2013-03-26
do the eggs go white if unfertilized and see through if fertilized

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-26
    A Betta's fish eggs are white to clear in color when they are released. A male needs to be in the tank when the female drops her eggs, as he will fertilize them. With many fish, eggs turning white means they aren't fertile. But with Bettas, because they can release white eggs it isn't the same, so its best to just wait and see if they hatch.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-26
    They hatched, but they hatched 47 hours after they were put in the bubble nest, I was expecting them to hatch in 24 to 30 hours?
Dustin - 2010-12-05
I have had a betta for about 2 years it's a bluish-red mix and about a month ago it was floating to the top of the tank but when I went to see if it was dead it started to swim to the side, so I asked my mom and she said it was probably dying, but the next day it was fine. I was wanting to know if there is an explanation for this?

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  • Ted - 2010-12-24
    If your tank is properly heated and filtered then your beta should be just fine.
  • Me - 2011-01-22
    If the problem persists it could be his swim bladder, your local aquatic store should sell something for it. Apparently it's like the fish version of having trapped wind!
  • Nikki - 2011-01-23
    This could be because your tank water is too cold, this once happened to me I thought my fish was dead went to flush him and all of a sudden he was alive in the bowl... crazy but weird.
  • donkey - 2011-05-19
    My betta does this all the time. He will sit on the bottom of his tank, lay down on his side or he will float up to the top on his side. I think he is just bored. I've been debating on getting him a friend. I thought about getting another little tank w/ a male betta in it and then pushing them together. That way they can "talk trash" but not actually hurt each other. Would that just be cruel?
  • Reece Ultimatefishkeeper Thomas - 2011-09-21
    It wouldn't be cruel. It could be quite helpful for him because it makes him stay in shape to out do the other male in colour, size and aggression.
  • Melissa - 2011-10-23
    Mine was doing the same thing. He was the same age too. I think I was feeding him too much and that the filter needed changing. Make sure the filter is right for the fish tank. ( unfortunately I found out too late and he died.)
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    he should be fine, although if it keeps happening then look farther into it!
Mirabelle - 2010-07-17
Hi, I have just purchased a betta, and I think they're amazing fish. Their bright colors are absolutely beautiful! The tank is quite small, but I think he is coping well. His new name is Moshi-moshi! How can you tell if your fish is sick or not, and can its body language indicate whether or not it is happy?

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  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    omg that name is so perfect! its a Asian like name, and they come from Asia! if he is on the bottom 24 seven and has dull color then he is probably ill, although if he is up and going when you come near the tank and colorful then he is probably fine!

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