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Cindy - 2010-08-20
Hi, I just got another male Betta and I would like to know what kind of feeder fish I can give him to eat that he won't just end up TRYING to eat? He has managed to kill, but, unsuccessfully swallow, 2 feeder guppies in one evening. Btw, he is not full grown yet. Has another inch to go, I would say, so, maybe later on he will be able to swallow them. How 'bout for now, though?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-18
     Gut fed Ghost shrimp should work
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    fighters don't eat other fish! sometimes they will kill but that is for breeding! i recommend a small type of shrimp, or a small water bug, although do not get bugs from a river! that's ended up bad for me, good luck with the fighters! my fighters are breeding right now!
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kye turnbull - 2013-03-24
how big do the bubble nests grow?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-24
    Bubble nest will vary on size.  Environment, temperature changes, barometric changes and objects in the tank will plat an important role on the size and thickness of bubble nest.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-24
    is there a average size? the male has built a nest and has stopped building it but it looks very small, and that's why I asked< but thanks anyway i really appreciate it!
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-24
    oh and is barometric or what ever it is the weather conditions? i forgot, because i have got alot of rain and low pressure around here
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    oh well, the nest was big enough i guess, they bred! well more tiny baby's !
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Anonymous - 2013-03-22
hey i have a giant gourami. I bought it recently. I find it aggressive! It killed my silver carp and now it is after my shipping . Why is it so? Aren't silver carp and gourami compatible with each other? please tell me the name of fishes compatible with gourami.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    Sorry to hear about your carp, however, the Giant Gourami is rather aggressive when it's small. It may mellow out as an adult, but some males stay aggressive. They also need a really big tank, small spaces can aggravate aggressive behaviors. Although they are considered 'community' fish, companions need to be the more reserved type that stay out of its swimming area and tend to hide. Good tankmates of this sort are like knifefish, some eels, loricariids, and other large catfish. Sometimes large quiet fish like Silver Dollars and Red-Belly Pacus can also work if the tank is large enough.
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Mandy - 2011-05-01
My dwarf gourami has been laying on it's side at the bottom of the tank all day long and looks to be breathing very fast. It's belly doesn't look swollen and I dont see any unusual spots on it. It seems almost like it's gasping for air. It hasn't eaten any food today. I have 4 other gouramis in my tank but they are doing fine. Can someone please help me figure out what's wrong with my fish??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Attached is an article from Animal World, Fish Diseases and Treatment, just click on it. Scroll down and you will come to an area that gives you a brief summary of ailments and symtoms. A little farther down is a list of symptoms and the corresponding treatment.
    It sounds like you should check the tanks PH and temperature and water condition. Try that first and then if you could tell us a little more, what is happening in the tank, with that fish it would help.
  • gouramigal - 2011-07-14
    My gourami is doing the same thing. It's been hiding and not eating for the past 4 weeks or more and then swims fast to the top of the tank for a mouthful of air and then retreats in its hiding spot. Every now and again it comes out but it seems to be getting worse, laying on its side gasping for air. Others have said dropsy but im not sure seems to be common with this species.
  • kat - 2013-02-21
    I have a powder blue one that was in a 10 gallon with 1 neon and its doing the same swims up gets air n back down to lay on its side I have had him for 6 months and he has been like this for 5 weeks ..... No one seems to know what or why he's like this.
  • katelyn - 2013-02-24
    You need more oxygen in your tank it seems. Go get a air pump air line and a bubble strip. The smaller the surface area and the higher the temps allows amonia to Go Up Causing Them To Not Br Able To Breathe. Getting Plants Also Helps Or Making Sure your Filter Is Hitting Hard And Creating Current If you Have one. Good Luck!
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Sarah - 2006-02-03
i was just writting because i have recently started an aquarium. i purchased 1 pearl gourmai, 1 bristlenose catfish, 1 fighter and a dawarf gourmai. My pearl gourami started to nipe my fighters tail it then began to bite my dawarf gourmai and continued to eat it. My dawarf gourmai has been left with no tail and very few scales. I was told that all these fish were compatible and good community fish. We have since sold the pearl gourami and the tank has been restored to a peacful enviorment.

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michelle bravo - 2010-09-25
I'm very concerned about my kissing gourami fish because it doesn't move it just stays in one spot do you think it is dying or it is sick?

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  • Terimarie - 2013-02-20
    Hi I have the same problem with mine, he's also stopped doing the 'kissing' now and lost his appitite, I've been trying to look this up but not found anything yet, have you?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-20
    That is not always a sign of a problem.  First start with checking water levels and temperature.
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JohnB - 2013-01-30
I have four Red Flame in my 55 gallon and they are always foraging on the Amazon swords. Very soothing to watch. They are also one of the first to the front for feeding time. They are housed with various Tetras, Danios, Barbs and Platies. Hardly never see them interact with each other. Each just busy picking away on the plant.

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Anonymous - 2013-01-18
when i got my fish from walmart his back fin (the tip) was clear and kind of grey/black tipped. Since i have gotten him he has been acting quite healthy, but when will the color come back?

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  • David Brough - 2013-01-19
    I take it fin has lost its color? Maybe it is just changing as he grows older?
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spencer - 2012-12-09
Can I keep a giant red tail gourami in a 245 gallon tank with a red bellied pacu?

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  • spencer - 2012-12-09
    What about if i bump it to 300g and 2 red bellied pacu.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-09
    You should be able to, especially if they are raised together. The Red Belly Pacu can reach up to 30 inches (75 cm), but usually only obtains a length of about 12 inches (30 cm) in the aquarium. They are both large fish, but both are usually compatible with a similar sized tankmate. There are exceptions, sometimes the Giant Red Tail Gourami will get mean, but that's something you'd have to wait and see on as they grow.
  • spencer - 2012-12-10
    thank you
  • spencer - 2012-12-10
    Then I've seen some big red bellied pacus in aquariums on youtube :D
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Samantha - 2011-03-07
Hi I get the feeling you all know what you are talking about. I have two male Bettas both in their own tanks. Can I keep females with them as everyone I talk to tells me I can't keep them together?! I know you can't keep two males together because they will fight. But I thought you could keep 1 male and up to 2 females together. Very confused. Any advice?

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  • Ja\'el - 2011-05-06
    You can keep the betta female with the male as long as you take her out after they breed or the male will kill her. And also only put her in if the male made a nest of bibbles on top of the water.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-08
    A male and a female can only be together if you are breeding them, or have a big tank that is heavily planted. You can keep females together with the right size tank, and also you need to do research before doing this.
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