Animal Stories - Dwarf Gourami

Animal-World Information about: Dwarf Gourami

The Dwarf Gourami is one of the smallest and most striking of the gouramis, and a showpiece for the aquarium!
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Dave - 2006-05-07
the dwarf gourami is a very interesting looking fish, probably the first fish that catches your eye at a fish store, and though you are tempted to buy it there are a few things to look out for. gouramies, like bettas, catch disease very easily so one thing you should do before buying them is make sure the tank you are going to put them in is very clear. give them good filtration and plenty of hiding spots. before you decide to buy them, always check the tank at the store. if the tank is dirty or if there is any dead fish there don't buy them. they are a labyrinth fish so no airpump is needed. you should have a heater, the perfect temperature for these guys is 77 degrees. they will hide for the first few days, whether it be behind a plant or in a cave and are slow movers. they are best kept with tetras, guppies, and other slow movers. they should be kept in singles or in groups of 4 or more, if kept in 2 or 3 the dominant one will make the others hide in a corner all day. they love freeze-dried brine shrimp and blood worms. they are a very good fish, just watch out for fungal infections. that seems to be the biggest illness with these fish.

T. Morris - 2006-05-02
i found my female dwarf gouramis to be aggressive towards each other, my larger female chases the smaller one to the corner of my 90ltr aquarium so i removed her into a 10 gal tank and she gets on fine. My male dwarf gourami is a striking fish he is beautiful, it is not a good idea to put him into an aquarium with females as they become aggressive, only mix them if you are intending to breed them. Thier aquarium needs to be heavily planted and provide them with hiding places. My male gets along with my other fish (blackmoor, ghost carp, 4 leopard danios, 2 small fantails adding platys, corydoras and other fish soon). i had to remove my other female because she bullied my small gourami and started nipping the fins of my blackmoor. i recommend keeping one female or one male on their own with other fish of the same size.

jerry jenkins - 2006-02-16
I just really started getting into buying fish for my 50 gallon tank and i got a few dwarf gourami and they dont hide at all. they just see their reflection on the side of the tank and follow it up and down all day. the hair like fins on the bottom of the fish will point strait out and touch other fish as if they are curious of other tank mates, like my red bellied pacus. the dwarf gourami are very colorful and bring alot of life to the tank for such small fish.

Jessica C. - 2006-02-04
I have two male dwarf gouramis, when i first introduced them to the tank they immediately dove behind a small patch of fake grass. dwarf gouramis although they are around 1 to 2 inches in length are extremely shy. For the first two/three days, they refused to come out and eat. If, like me, you have other fish such as guppies for example that happens to start eating as soon as you shake food in there, pinch a small amount of fish food ( depending on how many you own) and dip it in the water after two second let the food sink from your fingers, the gouramis will start to notice the food and eat, keep doing this at a regular time (every morning as soon as i wake up) and the gourami will start to get bolder. like my own, one became so bold that everytime i dip my finger in, it thinks it's food! Although, do be careful, one of my males is still very shy everytime he comes out to eat the other starts pecking at him.

ivor whitehouse - 2005-10-28
a very beautiful fish. i had two pairs from an aquatics warehouse and thought the world of them. one month later both pairs had died. i only had the one tank at the time and the people at the aquatics warehouse gave me what i now see as bad advice. within two weeks of putting them into their new home they began mating. the males became rivals for the females attentions and began building bubble nests in the surface plants. once they finished they went after the females curled around them and the females released their eggs and the males their milt then the males collected the eggs in their mouths and placed them into the bubble nests. at this point they become aggressive, driving off other fish and protecting the nest with the eggs. they also hounded the females to death causing both to die suddenly from stress. i learned you should remove the females to another tank after mating. the males hounded each other when the females died and i lost both. a lesson learned the hard way. research before you buy.

Deedee - 2005-03-03
I had a pair of Dwarf Powder-Blues and they really were my favorites. They played a little game every day for their supper. I would walk up and say hi and they would come right over to me and blow bubbles at me and generally act adorable under my noise for a few minutes. They seemed very smart and always friendly and they got along together pretty well, although I find most fish get a little cranky as they age. It was so difficult to have these guys reach their life expectancies that I never got Dwarf Powder-Blues again, but I still think of them very fondly and remember them. Great fish, very special.

James - 2004-04-10
I have two powder blue dwarf gouramis and was keeping both in a planted 25 gallon tank along with 2 otos and 6 panda cories. The larger of the two (both male) became more and more aggressive toward the other (never the other species) until it was necessary for me to move the victim to a different tank. Unfortunate as the two really had some interesting interaction before the aggression. An absolutely lovely fish.

rwfranklin - 2004-03-28
I have two of these in my tank and they are very beautiful and graceful. One does seem to pick on the other but there doesnt seem to be undue stress on the part of the "victim" as it doesnt continuously hide. They get on well with other fish.
I have:
6 Neon Tetras
6 White Cloud Mountain Minnows
3 Golden Barbs
2 Dwarf Gouramis
4 Corydoras Panda
3 Otocinclus Affinis
1 Siamese Algae Eater
2 Sunrise Mollies

They seem to make for a succesful community aquarium,

Sarah Mahan - 2004-03-27
These are the most beautiful fish EVER! My Dwarf Gorami is a great little fish. Perfect for my 10 gallon tank!

Anonymous - 2004-02-25
I have two dwarf Gouramis, 4 lyretails, 3 tetras, 2 platys, and 3 catfish in a 20 gallon tank. i have plenty of plants and hiding spots for my fish. The Gouramis are a little timid at first but once they get used to the tank they are wonderful active community fish. once in a while the gouramis will be aggressive towords each other but they are usually very peaceful fish.They are very easy to take care of and will eat from all sections of the aquarium. overall i think Gouramis are very easy to manage and very calm and peaceful community fish.