Animal Stories - Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami


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The pretty Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami is an attractive and hardy fish, enjoyed by both the beginner and the advanced aquarist!
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Lori - 2011-08-29
I have had 5 Powder Blue Gouramis and they looked good, but they start to get thin and then die. They are eating, don't show signs of disease, then they get listless and die with in days. I have a healthy 55 gallon tank, lots of plants and hiding places. I have Angels, Parrots, Kissing Gouramis, Tetras and Barbs. They all seem to get along, with some spats, but nothing constant. Any suggestions?

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  • Harry - 2012-01-23
    How big is your angel? I have gourami and angel mixed tank and to begin with it was a struggle angels at time can be very aggressive
    Especially when fully grown!!
  • daryl - 2012-02-16
    I have the same problem and the same size tank. My other dwarf Gouramis do great just the powder blues are having a problem.. Wonder what is going on no signs of disease.
  • ben - 2013-07-14
    Hello we got a powder blue dwarf gourami a week ago and everything was fine until earlier today it seems to be having problems staying a float... side fins and tail fin was going like 90 miles an hour and it was barely moving and looked like it was breathing hard or having trouble breathing. And it looks like its tail fin is deformed or something like its tail fin and under belly fin are all in one... we have a red dwarf gourami for a month or more now and it's just fine and looks normal.
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Thomas - 2010-03-12
I have a 15 gallon tank, and one blue dwarf and it ate the eyes out of my 3 silver hatchet fish. Any comments on why it might have done this?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-12-23
    They were hungry.
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-08-27
    all fish dont mix. you should probably keep the powder blues with other larger species of gourami such as flame gouramis,three-spot,honey,etc.

  • Anonymous - 2012-05-20
    They are omnivores needing plant and meat based foods might need more protein in diet
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-21
    Gourami's will pick at other fish.
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fishfanatic - 2012-06-09
I have 6 dwarf blue gouramis in my big 180l tank with other tankmates such as swords, platies, neons etc and they get along fine. The gouramis I have noticed tend to be alot more frenzied at feeding time so I think that they need more food than most, have started feeding pellets as well as my usual foods and it means they can pick at the pellets between feeding times. This seems to work well. hope this helps

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Rodrigo - 2011-01-23
Are they really hybrids? I thought they where just selective bred Dwarf Gouramis. If so what are the probable parents?

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  • David Brough - 2012-01-23
    You are right, they are not a hybrid. They are a color-morph of the Dwarf Gourami. The introduction stated they are hybrids but has been fixed. Thanks!
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Taylor - 2011-02-22
This is the most aggressive fish I have ever had. The other gouramis I've had (Pearl, Dwarf, and Flame) were territorial, but nothing on this level. Before I moved him into his own (smaller) home, he bullied my Dwarf Gourami to death, Terrified my tetras into a back corner and had even beaten my Zebra Danios into submission. The only thing he won't attack are shrimp. In my opinion, not the best community fish.

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  • Safari Gill - 2011-10-28
    I thought we were talking about Dwarf Gouramis, is that the one attacking the other fish?
  • Harry - 2012-01-23
    My powder blue is the most placid fish in the world and if anything is bullied by the other dwarf gouramis

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Sara Triplett - 2011-03-11
I have a Dwarf Blue Gourami doing ok with guppy and betas and tetras.

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Sue Criddle - 2011-11-11
Hi. I have a powder blue Dwarf Gourami which is laying down and swimming on the side any idea as to why? Thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-11
    This could be any number of things. Swim bladder disease could be the problem - where it seems like it has lost its balance/not swimming correctly (which usually indicates other problems with the fish), or it could be something like Hexamita which causes them to swim backwards. There are remedies for these problems, but it may be hard to pinpoint exactly what the cause is. You may want to try medicating the aquarium with a general bacterial or fungal treatment. Also, check this Fish Disease Diagnostic Chart to determine if you can find any other possible symptoms your fish may have.
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Anonymous - 2009-08-14
is it still a powder blue gourami if it has redish verticle stripes?

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  • Tetra Lynn - 2010-04-25
    No, then it's a Red Dwarf Gourami.
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sam - 2009-05-19
These fish are amazing! They go great with my fish. we have tetras, platys, an angel, more gouramis, and corys.

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Anne in St-Albert, Ontario, Canada - 2008-01-20
Thank you very much for the information I was looking for on Powder blue Gourami's. I was able to find out the name of my fish, as I was misinformed and looking for the wrong fish name. You have a great site and very informative. Thank you again.

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