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The Opaline Gourami is a long time favorite with aquarists, and a very attractive fish that comes in a variety of color patterns!
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I heard around that male Blue gouramis are really agresive with other fish.
One of these little girls solved that problem really quick!
When they are together, the opaline dominates but she won't pick on the blue to often because they get pretty big. The only problem I find with them is that they get really panicky and that's not all too good when you have young children in the house who like to tap the glass! Otherwise they seem like great fish. Maybe our opaline will get braver and stop being a scaredy-fish!
Bought two of these fish. For the first two weeks one would chase and nudge the other around the tank non stop. I thought I would have to end up returning him but after some time he settled down and the two of them got along great. Unfortunately one of them just died the other day and the remaining Opaline looks devastated and lonely. After I removed the dead fish the other kept frantically searching every inch of the tank looking for his buddy... makes me so sad!
Part 2....after I read more on the fish I returned most back to the pet store. These are not schooling fish, they are more like betta and as they get larger (mine were all very young) they will fight each other. Best to only have one in a tank and even then he/she may bully other smaller fish. Some people say a male and two females is a good mix. The thing to remember is they may grow to be 4 inches.
I just purchased a new 30 gallon tank and decided on the opaline gourami. I ended up taking all that were in a small 10 gallon tank at the pet store, about 18 females. Since they already knew each other I have no problems with fighting...I think they are just glad to be in a larger tank. I figure I'll leave them alone and not drop a male in the mix.
I have a 60 gallon tank, three diamond tetra, three long finned gold barbs, Three Striata loaches, four mixed cory, two crabs and a pleco. I added a Opaline and Green Gourami. The Opaline is almost an inch bigger and get attacked every ten seconds by the other. I tried adding more plants and some decor to hid. But no use. So today I put him in a lonely 10 gallon tank. The Opaline is now very much darker in color, and seems lost with out the bully, while the other just looks at me like.. you jerk. lol
I have a male opaline gourami housed with several other types of gourami's, and he has become the bully of the tank. He has put bite marks all over one of my cute little dwarf gourami's and he keeps everyone hid in the corner of a 40 gallon aquarium. I have a female also that is very peaceful. I am thinking of tanking him back to the pet store if they will take him. He is a beautiful fish but a big bully.
I bought two Opaline Gourami several months ago. Being the dork that I am, I named one Peanut Butter and the other Jelly. Jelly died of unknown causes merely days after I got the fish, but Peanut Butter has thrived, and I must say I've gotten rather attached to him. My favorite thing about him is that any time he sees me...and for some reason only me...he will swim over to the edge of the tank and stare at me. I usually point at him and say, "I've already fed you," and he'll follow my finger. I usually feed him twice a day, morning and evening, and he knows when I'm about to feed him because as soon as I pick up his container of food, he'll start watching the surface. He eats rather noisily, loudly smacking as he sucks his food in.
I have 4 gourami opaline and they all seem to get along fine. It's so cool though, because whenever I put my hand in to arrange something or check on the plants, they all come up to my hand and rub against it. I can get a few of them to eat flakes out of my hand now. ^,^ I love them!
We bought three Opaline Gouramis for a 20 gallon high. I found out that I had one male and two females. The male and one female kept attacking the other female, so I moved her out to another tank. Then the male kept attacking the remaining female so I moved her out to the other tank. Then the two females were attacking each other and I moved the first moved female back into the 20 high with the male and kept the lights off because I had to decide on which one would go back to the store.
When I turned on the lights to feed them, I saw all the fry skipping across the surface and the male moving them back into the nest. I moved the female and am waiting the 5 days to move the male and hopefully raise some babies.
Being familiar with other tropical freshwater fish we stumbled upon what proved to be an excellent deal at a local market. In a container of water with a number of other fish were nine assorted 1 inch gouramis 2 Gold M/F 2 threespot M/F 2 Platinum M/F 2 Pearls M/F and one Female Opaline. We put all these in one 3 foot tank. 2 months later we needed to remove the golds(new 3' tank) as they had outgrown their tankmates and the male was beating up all the others. Next the 3spots and Opaline had to go(New tank 4'). The male 3 spot enjoyed being on his own and began preparations to build his nest. His nest never had any bubbles though he did try and eventually mated with both females over about 4 days. We thought no nest = no fry. Boy were we wrong !! Needing glasses to see we noticed little specks floating around and were amazed to see hundreds of babies at the freeswimming stage. All adult fish removed(new 4'tank) and now we have a healthy family of about 30 well developed fry. We have decided to call all the boys Nemo :O)some more opalines are sure to come from these we hope.