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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victor - 2014-10-16
Hi I have a blue dwarf gourami which was introduced in my aquarium where i had 2 clown loaches and a sword tail, black tail. i have noticed that the sword tail nips at him when i've put him in and since then is just hiding on the bottom of the tank. Later i've introduced another red gourami ,but his behaviour is still the same,he's not coming up for feeding is just eating plants.Is there anything i can do to help him to become more sociable? please help me

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    Having plenty of plants and hiding places can help.
shay - 2014-08-15
I have a powder blue gourami, I'm guessing it a boy since most walmarts don't sell females. I've got him in a ten gallon tank with three barbs, he's very peaceful, eats all the time and likes to swim all over the tank. I do have one barb that likes to nip at his fins every so often which leads to him trying to hide, but not a lot. My issue is on the bottom of his belly and the tip of the fin under his belly he has turned dark blue. I seen it before and it faded back to his normal silver/blue color but this time its been all day. He is still acting the same and eating the same I'm just worried it might not be normal.... What do I do please someone help me out. I've got it heated to 78_80. Got A little air stone filter. Lots of plants and hiding places I might feed him a bit but he's always looking for it on the bottom so I just feed him so he doesn't have to eat nasty stuff ....... I also did just change the tank water this morning cuz it was nasty

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-17
    It sounds like you're taking good care of him and he's eating,, so I wouldn't start worrying yet. He could have some stress due to the barbs.  It is best to keep barbs in groups of 7-8 so they spend their time nipping each other, and leave the other tankmates alone:)
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.
  • Linda - 2014-07-28
    I had to stop buying the dwarf gouramis, especially the powder blue ones, which I love. I was told that there is a specific disease that the dwarf gouramis get with some regularity and there was nothing to do about it. They have a weakness for it and when they developed the dwarfs of some of these, they would most often end up with it. A local pet store chain told me she hadn't heard that, but she wasn't well trained either. I decided to wait until someone figured out how to breed these fish without this disease shortening their life. Sorry I am no help except to say, about everyone that has them has told me the same thing although I haven't checked lately to see if these has been any progress.
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.
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

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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  • Anonymous - 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!
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

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

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.
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.