Animal Stories - Opaline Gourami


Animal-World Information about: Opaline Gourami

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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Marco Ramirez - 2005-02-02
I HAVE 1 OPALINE GOURAMI,1 GOLDEN GOURAMI, 3 TINFOIL BARBS, 1 ORANDA, 2 ROSIE BARBS, AND ABOUT 4 PLECOS IN MY 55 GALLON TANK. THEY ALL REALLY GET ALONG JUST GREAT. THEY ARE REALLY COOL TO WATCH AND THEY ARE NOT HARD TO TAKE CARE OF. IM THINKING OF GETTING A PEARL GOURAMI AND A KISSING GOURAMI. I RECOMMEND THESE FISH TO ANYONE.

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karla - 2005-01-09
i have 2 opaline gouramis, a male betta, 2 tiger barbs, and a plecotomus and they all get along great. once in a while my betta chases my gouramis, but so far i havent had any problem at all with my gouramis being "aggressive". they are very fascinating fish.

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Moe Thet Khin - 2004-12-21
I have 3 opaline Gouramis, a platy, 4 tiger barbs, 4 catfish, 3 guppies and 2 Zebra danios. The two bigger ones tried to attack the smaller one. The biggest one attacked the smaller one on the tail so the smaller one cannot swim with its tail because its tail is bent. it has to swim with its fins. When I feed the food it cannot even come to the surface to eat, so it had been starving for 2 days. my father decided to change it into an empty tank, then he (my father)can feed the small opline Gourami. I hope it will be better in a few days.

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Al - 2004-04-28
I have a species tank of Trichogaster trichopterus and they do fine, It had pvc pipe and stuff in it to hide so its pretty good for them

Al

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Kim - 2004-02-01
I have a 75 gallon tank. My oldest daughter fell for the Opaline gouramis so I bought 3. These things chase themselves they chase my powder blues and my bala sharks. They are vicious creatures. It is always a feeding frenzy in the tank I feed them a variety of foods and they eat everything before any other of the fish get a chance. They eat like a highschool football team. I think a 3000 gallon tank to keep them under control......

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Ganesh - 2003-12-09
I have a 40 gallon tank. I have a flame, Pearl, Blue and Neon gourami, with neon tertas, daimyos, penguins and they seem to get along fine. The chasing goes on once in a while and so far all the gouramis are safe. I just had an initial problem when one of the flame gouramis would chase the other one. I provided a pot into the tank and it became a good hiding place. Another trick is to provide plants (Artificial plants from Tetra will also do). Most of them find a hiding place in the plants and they get a breather from the aggressive ones. This worked very well for my community aquarium.

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Lauren - 2003-11-19
We have an Opaline Gouramis and every single fish that we have put in the tank with him, he has managed to mutilate, killed two,and just last night tore the eye out of another one. Needless to say, the fish man was wrong when he told us they were a community fish. Sure they are, if its a community of serial killers! As my husband was removing him from the tank tonight to take to my son-in-laws tank, where he will be with bigger and badder fish then he,(he will probably leave them all terror stricken and battle scarred, too), I decided to get online to find out what we apparently do not know about the blasted things. So, based on our experiences, unless this guy is just a mutant killing machine, I would not put one of them with anything else but possibly a shark. And I am not even sure a shark could defend itself against this guy!

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bob - 2003-10-25
I just got one of these fish and it is getting along great. For those with problems keeping two....try getting a third or fourth. It is said that when you keep two, the one will dominate the other, but if there is more they will settle down.

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Bailey - 2003-10-01
I had 2 male Opaline Gouramis that chased each other constantly. I found another home for one of them, and added a male Pearl Gourami, 2 Rainbow Fish (male and female), and 3 Harlequin Rasboras. Everyone seems to be getting along fine so far. The Opaline Gourami nipped at the tails of the Rainbow Fish at first, but seems to have settled down now. The 20 gallon tank now consists of 1 Pearl Gourami, 1 Opaline Gourami,2 Dwarf Gouramis, 7 Neon Tetras, 3 Pristella Tetras, 2 Rainbow Fish, and 3 Harlequin Rasboras. So far everything is going well.

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Bailey - 2003-09-28
I have a 20 gallon aquarium with 2 dwarf gouramis, 3 Pristella Tetras, and 6 Neon Tetras. Everything was going along great until I went to a pet shop and the guy told me I could add 2 male Opaline Gouramis with no problem. BIG mistake! Although they are still young, one of them chases the other one constantly. They do not seem to bother any of the other fish, just each other. A friend of mine has an aquarium, and hopefully one of them is going to a new home SOON! The guy at the pet shop told me that Opaline Gouramis are not as aggresive as the Blue Gouramis, but I have since read that Opaline Gouramis are simply a color variation of the Blues. Hopefully no one else will make the same mistake that I did.

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