01-14-2008, 04:32 PM
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What were your water parameters last night? What size is the tank and what tankmates are in it? What was usually your tank maintenance schedule? You mentioned "new cleaning method". Could you please explain that? What species is this gourami?
Originally Posted by abbye
I have a couple of questions about gouramis... I had one male and one female in a tank full of platies, a molly and neon tetras. The female seemed always frightened and would hide all the time. This was understandable though because she had a male gourami chasing her (quite aggressively, didn't seem to be wanting to mate) and also my female molly used to chase her and nip her quite a lot. I put the molly in an mini isolation tank inside the big tank and when I released her back she was much less aggressive.. then she started up again. My gourami did not seem to come out much even when the molly was isolated, but then recently she started coming out again and seemed more confident (particularly when she spotted fry darting around). But I woke up the other morning and found her dead. I only got her this autumn. Does anyone have any suggestions why she might have died? Was it the stress of the male chasing her? Also, are gouramis usually so shy? I used a gravel vac the night before she died for the first time and noticed her sitting at the front, seeming in a daze and not moving much if I went near her. Could this new cleaning method have sent her into shock?
One more thing, the male is left in there now with all the other species and he doesn't seem to interact with them at all, he just stays on his own. Is he too lonely without another gourami or will he be fine? I don't want to get him another female to harrass and I've heard males can be aggressive to each other? Any advice appreciated! Thanks for reading all of this! :)
A gourami will be fine by itself but it is usually best to keep a group with only one male as long as tank space permits it. Depending on the species, some are shy, some are not. Some are aggressive, some are not. A lot of male anabantids are indeed aggressive against each other. This scenario is similar to cichlids.