Animal Stories - Pearl Gourami

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The gorgeous Pearl Gourami has earned its name from the beautiful iridescent 'pearl' patterning!
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Flora - 2011-06-28
A couple weeks ago, my family bought some fish. I'm not sure of all the breeds, but their are two gourami fish in there. I have a pearl gourami and there is also a Opaline gourami. I believe the Pearl is a male and I think the Opaline is as well. There is also a guppy in there as well and I'm slightly worried. From what I've read, smaller fish tend not to last with gouramis. Should I be worried for the guppy? Also, the Opaline gourami has some strange behaviour. Whenever we switch the light off in the tank, it goes crazy. It swims to the top incredibly fast and then zooms around for a while. It tends to circle around the thermometer, on the side of the tank, as well. It chases my pearl gourami around constantly. Is there anything wrong?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    Since the Gouramis are omnivores and will grow up to at least 6 inches and will eat all kinds of live fresh food, I'd say it's a good chance the Gouramis will eat the little guys. Guppies are pretty small and I would think the Gourami would think it might make an excellent meal. I have no idea about switching the light off in the tank. It might just be a startled reaction that he needs to get used to. Are you switching the light off when the room is dark? You could try switching the light off when the room light is on and then switch the tank light off. I leave a nightlight on for my birds - I don't know if throwing a fish into darkness fast would startle them.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-12
    If you notice your Guppy with nipped fins, or the Gouramis chasing him, remove the fish and place it into another aquarium. Fish are known to act like that when the lights in the aquarium are turned off. No one is entirely sure why, however it may be due to the fact that unlike the Sun, which doesn't simply turn off like a light switch, the aquarium lights do. In an attempt to solve this issue, I would dim the lights in the room the aquarium is located before bed time. Additionally, I would turn the aquarium lights off at a set time, every light, so that the fish can become biologically predisposed as to when the lights are going off. This, should minimize the behavior in the fish.
  • Daisy - 2013-08-06
    I had over 30 guppies with a gold gourami and an opaline gourami. They were fine and got along great. When they all died I bought more guppies and they were fine too.
Patrick D. - 2003-08-20
I keep one male and three females in a 29 gal. tank with four blues and four pearls. I also have 2 loaches. They all do just fine and the pearls are easy to breed. The blues nip sometimes but only each other. Pearls are easy to keep and work well with gouramis or other same-sized fish.

Bailey - 2003-10-01
I just added a male Pearl Gourami to my 20 gallon tank. He is a beautiful fish and my current favorite. The tank includes 1 Opaline Gourami, 2 Dwarf Gouramis, 2 Rainbow Fish, 7 Neon Tetras, 3 Harlequin Rasboras, and 3 Pristella Tetras. So far it is a very peaceful and colorful tank. I could sit and watch them for hours!

Sarah - 2006-02-03
i was just writting because i have recently started an aquarium. i purchased 1 pearl gourmai, 1 bristlenose catfish, 1 fighter and a dawarf gourmai. My pearl gourami started to nipe my fighters tail it then began to bite my dawarf gourmai and continued to eat it. My dawarf gourmai has been left with no tail and very few scales. I was told that all these fish were compatible and good community fish. We have since sold the pearl gourami and the tank has been restored to a peacful enviorment.

steve - 2012-12-22
i am looking for a pair of pearls .... would like the male to have a red breats .... all i can find here are ones with an orange breast ..... can more than 1 pair be kept in the same 55 gallon tank if well planted

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-22
    Yes they can.  Good luck in your search!
Olivia - 2009-07-25
I used to keep a female Pearl Gourami name mikey for a long time ago. They are so cute but yet shy. Once in a while, she came out of her hiding spot behind the heater and everytime I walk by, she went back in the hiding spot. I reconmend this fish for a beginner because they live for a long time. My pearl Gourami did. ^^

Haeckler - 2010-11-03
I have a male and a female pearl gourami. The male is the king of the tank (20 gallon, planted with crypts, with guppies and kuhli's). Sometimes he goes around just pushing the other fish. He wants the female to stay in one corner behind a plant and frequently escorts her back to that corner, but she's not so afraid of him and comes out whenever he isn't looking!

I think they eat some guppy fry but I've never seen them do it. He is very colorful and she is fat with eggs but so far he isn't building a bubble nest.

Devon Chew - 2006-06-15
I had 2 of this fish 3 to 4 months ago. A male and female, Jericho and Pearla. Jericho died a week after I bought them. Pearla is all alone after his death. But after 2 months I had enough money to buy her some Neon Tetra friends. They are doing great, but the tetras and Pearla are never swimming close to each other. She is still alive. 2 of my tetras died.(I had 4 tetras)
She such a strong fish. This is a fish I recommend to keep with tetras, mollies or bottom-dwellers.

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  • Brandon - 2010-06-30
    Are you experienced at keeping fish? Your fish shouldn't be dying like that.
  • Anonymous - 2010-10-29
    i suggest you buy a new male pearl spot or pearla wont be happy
Sami - 2008-07-30
I have had many fish. Last year a tragic accident happened to my Pearl Gouramis. One died of a terrible disease and the other was trying to keep the babies safe, but also died by fighting a betta. We had seven surviving babies and it's been four months and suprisingly they already have babies!

Yehoshua Cirt - 2006-08-05
I love the Pearls and keep a 80 centemeter long tank basically for these guys, which seem to survive in the hard water here in Israel. The males do develop vivid breeding colors, though have not bred. I hear this is because I have some other fish with them. Anyway, keeping one is okay but nothing like having a pair-- and there's nothing like having a group of four or five! They are very very social, coherting with one another with their "feelers." Now for something really interesting: one of the males goes near the tank bottom, stands on his head, then a Corydoras aneus comes around and tickles his sides for about two minutes. The Pearl goes up for air and the two repeat this behavior. It reminds me of saltwater cleaning wrasses. Anyway, it proves that even fish like this sort of thing.