07-25-2010, 03:37 PM
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Coloring up male pearl gourami
I have a 20g long tank in which I have a male pearl gourami, 2 glofish, and 7 cardinal tetras. The water chemistry is perfect and stable (I waited a long time to do this right!). All the fish are pretty active and healthy looking. When banded kuhli loaches are available again (too hot to ship in summer months?), I plan to get 3. I've wanted those loaches more than anything else.
I feed the tank blood worms every other day, and flake food the rest. My gourami is slowly growing, slowly adding color. My question is, does he need a mate for his full color potential to be realized? If he does (and I believe he needs to have at least 2 females so one doesn't get constantly harrassed?), I have a decision to make with the number of fish I have in the tank right now.
I am hoping he will come into color with or without mate. But I don't know if that is the norm or if he needs that stimulus of another pearl. He seems to be doing well without a mate, otherwise.