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post #1 of 3 Old 07-25-2010, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 3 Old 07-25-2010, 02:49 PM
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hi male pearls will colour up on tehir own, but unfortunately to be at their true colour he would need a female.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-25-2010, 05:39 PM
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As noted in our profile of this fish (click on the shaded name in posts to see the profile) they are best kept in a pair (male/female) but in a larger tank to provide adequate protection for the female. In a 20g, I would stay with the single fish. In suitable environment he will look spectacular (they are a beautiful fish) on his own once he is settled.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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