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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Michelle - 2010-07-25
I have a 55 gallon tank with platys, mollies, guppies, snails, 3 rainbow sharks, 1 blue gourami and 1 dwarf gourami. They all seemed to be getting along great but I just found 3 dead fish in the last 3 days and didn't know if it was the blue gourami or the rainbow sharks doing it.

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  • Joseph - 2010-10-04
    I have a blue gourami, he's pretty aggresive, he killed my blue ram, both my angelfish, 3 of my platys and my swordtail and both my balloon mollies, (basically my whole tank). I don't know about the rainbow shark but my gourami is a murderer. Plus, rainbow sharks seem to be very peaceful.
jessica - 2009-11-09
I recently got a golden gourami that had the entire 30 gal. tank to herself. She is about 3.5 inches. I just added 2 smaller dwarf gouramis to the tank along with a sucker fish. The golden gourami is chasing all the other fish especially the 2 dwarfs. They are all constantly hiding. She is nipping at there fins too. I feel really bad, and was wondering if they will be harmed or possibly killed by her? Will this continue happening if I leave the fish together, or do i have to seperate them?

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  • pie - 2010-04-06
    It is better to separate them. Especially if u already see an injured fish.
  • Tanya - 2010-04-12
    I would separate the dwarfs as I think your golden gourami may most likely kill them. x
  • veronica - 2010-07-13
    Hey jessica I read online about gouramis and they recommen to keep them in groups of five or they will pick on other kinds of fish. Good luck.
  • mikey - 2010-09-01
    I have a male blue -- it killed all of my dwarf gouramis. It really hated the powder blues, which went first. Then the "standard" stripe variety. Seemed to put up with the sunset usually, but at times would start to chase that one into a corner. Today I found the sunset dwarf dead.

    So I'd have to say yes, it will kill your dwarfs if it is chasing them.
craig - 2010-02-17
i have a 3 spotted blue gourami with about 6 other fish and today I just added an angel fish. The blue seems to be aggressive only to the angel fish by nipping at his fins. What should I do?

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  • pie - 2010-04-06
    You should separate them. If the angel fish keeps biting the male gourami fish, sooner or later that fish will die or his fins will tear.
  • prashant pushkar - 2010-04-10
    That's because your gourami is male and he doesn't want any other male in his region. Replace the angel fish.
Tina - 2009-08-13
Whoa! I was reading the comments and it seems most male gouramis are pretty aggresive!
My Dad's isn't like that at all! in fact our female Opaline and our white molly chase him around every so often! I guess my dad has a gentle giant? He really likes people and doesn't care when my little sister (who is seven and trying to figure out how I get him to swim to my finger) taps on the glass while the other fish freak! I think these guys are my absolute favorite. Gouramis are so gorgeous and people friendly and they're very calm, unlike the molly who is constantly rushing around the tank. From what I've seen they seem to like the sunlight a lot and they look beautiful when it hits their scales! I really want to get my own tank of them when I'm older!

Psi - 2009-03-26
I have a 36 Gallon Tank with 6 Tiger Barbs, One Red Tailed Shark, 1 Golden and 1 Blue Gourami. The Gourami's leave the other fish alone although the Golden Gourami Constantly chases the Blue one around. I'm considering possibly getting another Larger Blue Gourami so its two blues vs. the one aggressive Golden one. Or at the very least I'd hope the Golden Gourami's aggression would then be split between the two blues giving them time to rest. I really feel sorry for my Blue Gourami though.

rontucker - 2009-03-23
I've got 2 and one lost an eye and swims crooked like its dying, pitiful thing, but he lives on and seems to be doing well.

eric - 2008-12-11
I have a blue gourami currently, named babe. She is about 3 months old and has grown at least an inch and a half. It is a very peaceful fish as long as you have a female. She will occasianally chase around my silver dollars and then will follow them around and school with them. Beautiful fish and I recommend it as long as it's nice.

Lauren - 2008-08-12
I have had gouramies for around 4-5 years now and i still have one female from the start. They are very hardy to water conditions and i found my oldest gourami very peaceful!
I have her now in a community tank with mollies, platly, swordtail, one large plec, 2 pairs of cichlids and 3 types of tetras.
She has been alone for a long time as the male died a year ago so i bought a blue 3 spot gourami and hes a beauty. So after a while i bought 2 more qouramies of different species and all looking fine.

I have managed to breed all my live breeders with my Gourami in the tank and never had a problem with them getting eaten as i have plenty of floatong plants for hiding and also succeeded in breeding my cichlids so im looking forward to my gourami as she is now pregnant.

So i would recommend gourami for starters. I also notice a lot of buyers go for the small and sweet tank mates but really i always go for the mid age looking fish that have had a start in life which i find helps.

so hope my experience will help others!!
but really i think its whats the fish's personality more than anything and of course if they are kept in good condition.

AND.....for you interested in having a aquarium of your own! dont give up when you fish get sick, ask your local aquarium shop for help as the good ones will do you a free water test there and then and tell you what you need to do!

Problem i had was salt! Its expensive in aquarium shops for a little box of it but i just go down to my local food store and buy sea salt thats of course 100% with no rubbish added which was much cheaper!

Shaun - 2008-07-17
I bought my son a community of different fish for Christmas, two of everything. I noticed after a month or so that the bigger Gourami was very aggresive and growing at a rapid pace. Suddenly lots of fish started dying off; dragon fish, a tetra and a balla shark. And the gourami got bigger and bigger and the other gourami looked to be getting smaller. Then I noticed that when it came time to feed, the bigger gourami fought the smaller one! Would NOT let him eat! The smaller one had a bent arm and everything! I quickly moved him into my other sons tank where there were only 3 fish. We were just building him a community; there was a puffer, a shark. and a frog. The gourami killed them ALL by morning. Hes was a blue gourami. Be very careful bacause they can be deadly, not peaceful at all. And we lost a lot of money due to his killing spree. Be very careful with them. The other gourami with the bent arm is still very shy, but has picked up weight and is doing much better now.

katt - 2008-07-06
I have a gourami that likes the taste of betta. I put my betta in the tank with him and the gourami ATE HIM!!! I couldn't Believe it! after I came home from the store(it took about 20 minutes) the betta was being torn apart piece by piece. YYYYUCK!!!