Animal Stories - Blue Gourami

Animal-World Information about: Blue Gourami

The name Three-spot Gourami at first seems a bit of a mystery. This fish actually only has two spots, the third spot is generally considered to be the eye!
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ann - 2013-12-02
Can these gouramis be kept with goldfish?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Goldfish are a coldwater fish and they also put a very heavy load on the aquarium. However goldfish can adapt to a tropical tank, which is what the gouramis need, and if the water quality is kept up with more frequent water changes, these types of fish can be kept together. There may be an issue with aggression you'll have to watch out for. Gouramis pick out a target fish, and although it is usually another gourami, it could become a goldfish.
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.
James - 2012-03-26
Hey my blue gouramis just laid eggs and the fry hatched early this morning. Both parents are still in there but I am going to remove them both later today but what can I feed the fry?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-26
    You will need to lower the water level down to about half to make it easier for the fry to get to the top. Do this with a sponge. You can feed them newly hatched brine shrimp or liquid fry food. Good luck!
  • Friendttyy - 2012-06-07
    Leave the male and take away the female. The female will munch on em while the male protects them. the male gobble and spit them into the nest. Take out the male once the fry are free swimming.
sandy mclintock - 2012-01-25
I have put two blue guramis in large tank with other fish all put in tank at same time. The blue guramis bully and chase one larger marbled angel fish, who has a fin missing (like it when we got him) all the time but don't seem to bother any other fish. Will this stop in time? I don't know what sex they are. I was wondering whether to take them back to the fish centre and change them, but I really like the blue guramis as they are so attractive.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-25
    Yes, they are attractive but there is no way to know if they will stop bullying the marbled angel fish. Mayb it's a chase game, maybe it is I don't want you in here or in my territory - If you like the gouramis - keep them and then watch or remove the angel fish if there are any major signs of agression. Just could be newness.
  • sandy mclintock - 2012-01-25
    Thanks, I will keep an eye on them, I feel sorry for the poor old angel fish!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-25
    Yeah, I feel sorry for the Angel fish also. Maybe the Gouramis that are new are just making sure they have their terriotry or maybe there is agression going on. Real hard to tell. If agression, just move the angel fish and get that little one another angel to play with.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-05
    I once had a blue gourami that was so mean that I caught a blue gill from a pond and put it in a tank with him and he killed it and it was the same size as him.
  • Friendttyy - 2012-06-07
    Are the gouramis dark blue cause if they are ya better get them their own tank if they are a pair. They are ussually friendly.
Friendttyy - 2012-06-07
I have a blue gourami and he built a bubble nest after a few days. We left a female with him we took her away after 3 days and no signs of eggs and we put her back in and he bullies her please help.  I am 999999%sure The she isn't a he.

patty - 2012-05-31
My blue groumi has been staying in 1 spot in the top of the tank and has her fins flat against her body. She seems to be constantly swimming in 1 spot and it looks very tiring to me. Is she sick? I have 2 other blue groumi in the tank and they seem to be just fine. Should I be worried?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    Usually behavior problems are tank conditions. Check the syptoms against animal Worlds article on Fish Diseases - the recommended treatment is listed but check temperature, Ph etc in the tank Fish Diseases
Elvin O Lopez - 2005-04-07
I have a blue gourami in a 20 gallon fish tank. all my other fish are different types of gouramis. ones a pearl gourami, ones a dwarf gourami (which im a litle worried about because it tends to get chased alot by my blue gourami and im worried because dwarf gouramis are expensive), and i also have two pink kissing gourami which dont cause trouble. Now ive noticed that my fish are usually hiding from my blue gourami and most of the time when they go up to get their food they get chased. and so im a little worried about my fish and the beauty of my tank. well to much of your enjoyment ive found a rather surprising solution to my problem. evertime my blue gourami chases my other fish i seperate him from them and after a while of doing that he suddenly stopped chasing my fish. it worked for me and i hope it works for you.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-18
    That can work, but it can also create undo stress on the Blue Gourami. Moving the decor sometimes works as well. Takes their attention of the other fish and on it's surroundings.
jason - 2012-01-29
Hello I have a 3 spot gourami and 3 blue gouramies, 4 mollies, 4 guppies, 6 ghost shrimp, a few fish that look like minnows from africa, and a pleco all in a 16 gallon bowfront tank and they all seem to be doing superb and don't bother each other at all. My gouramis bullied each other at first but I think they got used to each other.. and yes I do know my tanks slightly crowded but it seems like all my fish have tons of room to swim play and hide if they like.. I also have a ten gallon tank with 3 fire belly toads. 2 females and a male.. we see and hear them getting busy but we still haven't seen any eggs in the tank.. we have gravel on one side with other side flooded out for their swimming pleasures..

amber cunningham - 2012-01-11
i have 3 gouramis 2 girls 1 male one is a three spot one is a powder blue and the last is a opal type one i think (looks like connected spots on the sides) will they be able to mate

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-11
    Gouramis, are not commonly bred in home aquariums as fish such as guppies, or platies. It would take a great deal of steps to get them to breed. Generally, they do not interbreed, however it is possible.
ann - 2012-01-06
I have one male blue which is territorial it killed my
baloon molies previously, it also killed one of the female variety of
its own species......quit worried about its unnatural behaviour.
any idea.................................