Animal Stories - Opaline Gourami
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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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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.
In my heavily planted aquarium with plenty of driftwood, my waterscape resembles an underwater jungle. I bought my first 2 opaline gouramis recently since all I had in my 33long was tiny cherry barbs(10), Rummy noses(5), 2 von rios, Figure 8(1), Julie Corys(3), Albino Cats(2), and 1 pleco. everyone seems to get along fine. I have a pair, so the male one with the longer/straighter Dorsal likes to chase the female(short/rounder dorsal). one thing though, they are very sociable. they will peck at my hand when I'm in there messing with the Driftwoods and plants, and they loooovvee to eat! and S--t alot too! They love Krill, Hikari Bloodworms, and Optimum flakes, but if you don't want to spend alot on a expensive diet they will eat anything! I love their purple bluish color when they are in a chillin" mood and when the water parameters are pristine, very important! keep up with the water changes with these fish, like I said, They S--t ALOT!
I HAVE 2 OPALINE GOURAMIS, 2 BLEEDING HEART TETRAS, 2 BLACK WIDOW TETRAS, AND AN ALGAE EATER IN A 29 GAL TANK. THEY ALL GET ALONG GREAT. I ADDED THE GOURAMIS ABOUT 3 WEEKS AGO AND NO INJURIES OR ANYTHING OF THAT SORT YET! HOPEFULLY ALL WORKS OUT GREAT. I LOVE THE GOURAMIS!!
I have a 29 Gallon tank with a Dwarf Red Gourami, Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami, 2 Pink Kissing Gourami's, 1 Opaline Gourami, 1 Gold Gourami, and 1 Snakeskin Gourami with about 30 medium to large goldfish (the most common ones you see in stores), 2 Sailfin Mollies, 10 Guppies, 15 Rosy Reds and 3 Pleco's. The Snakeskin tends to engage in "mock" battles with the Opaline and Gold since they are his size (opaline being slightly bigger), but all in all I have various hiding places, 3 water filtration pumps (10 Gal, 20 Gal, and 100 Gal) and they are not really territorial with eachother or the other fish, even the mollies are docile. Though cleaning is an interesting prospect with 3 Gourami's "feeling" your hand and arm and taking nibbles at you or "charging" your hand
We put 2 opaline gouramis in our tank of community fish - bad idea! Fishman told us they would probably eat really small fish - we have good sized platties, guppies, rainbows, danios, tetras. After 2 weeks the opaline gouramies went in to killer mode, wiping out our guppy fish and attacking our platties. Had to be removed before they wiped our tank completely. Beautiful but DEADLY! If you decide to include them in your tank of civilised fish, be prepared!
I have 2 opalines, 2 blue paradise, and 1 dwarf ( all of them being gouramis.) So I had a 10 gal. tank with all 5 of these fish. BAD IDEA! Do not do so. My opalines are the youngest and are sometimes harrassed by older fish. I suggest atleast a 20 gal. ALso, don't put smaller fish with the ones i have just listed. Bad idea.
I have 1 Gold Gourami, 1 chinese algae eater, 2 tetras, 1 black ruby barb, 1 green tiger barb, 1 african dwarf frog and i just got an opaline gourami and they are getting along fine.
The opaline Gourami, I think is very aggressive because i had two of them in a long 20 gallon aquarium and the bigger one attacked the smaller one. So I had to move the smaller one into my 10 gallon aquarium, but it died. So I would suggest to anyone wanting to buy one of these fish, you won't be able to put smaller fish in.
i have a 125 litre tank with quite a mixture of community fish. i added 2 opaline gouramis which constantly chased each other, then one died from an internal bacterial infection. the one that was left was quite quiet until i added 2 boesmani rainbow fish which he proceeded to bully and finally killed. i think these fish need to be in a small shoal of about 4, this is the only way any of the other fish can live peacefully!!
Karen Rogers 2005-04-03