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Gouramis not getting along
I recently bought two Gold Gourmies, apparently a variation of the Opaline Gourami. One seems to be constantly harassing the other and the harrasse pretty much just hides in the plants now. I am concerned because his fins are becoming tattered and I am worried about him succumbing to illness. I donít like additives but I am contemplating a mild antibacterial, specifically Mela-Fix. I know that it wonít solve the problem, but maybe it would buy some time so either they can work out their differences or I can figure out what else to do. They live in a 20 gallon tank with 10 Zebra Danios and lots of plants. I donít have a hospital tank, and putting him in one of my other tanks would probably be even worse than his current situation. I havenít added anything yet, looking for some direction.
Maybe a small rubbermaid tub could serve as quarantine or hospital tank. All that would be needed is a heater and small filter seeded with some filter material from one of your other tanks. Many folks don't have room for hospital or quarantine tank and use plastic tubs when needed. You might even consider getting a small sponge filter that you could leave in one of your other tanks on permanent basis and when you needed to use a small tub or other suitable container, you could simply remove the sponge filter from your tank assuming,, that it has been seeded with bacteria which would happen naturally if left to operate in one of your other tanks. You could then immediately,, have a quarantine or hospital tank ready for fish. Hope some of this helps.
The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
More than likely you have 2 male gouramis.......if one is bullying the other already, the chances are your gonna have to seperate them or buy a much bigger tank.....The bigger tank isnt always the solution either....If you can, would you be able to return one to your LFS?........2 male gouramis in a 20 usually doesnt work out.............Like other members stated, try using a rubbermaid container or tote for a hospital tank to return him to a good healthy state......Odds are if you return him to the same tank, its gonna happen again.......This is just my opinion
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Well I know it's been said that dividing the surface is a good idea.You could do an island plantscape this way each has his own side.I removed a honey gourami for a few weeks and when i returned him he lost his spot now a couple weeks later hes back in the spot he loves.So don't know if taking them out always works, i removed him to put him in a special chocolate gourami tank. I did what 1077 said i keep a sponge in the corner of my 50g so when i re-start my 10g i have some help.Are both your golds male ? I have a sweet female she watches everything with great intensity, i guess she is the boss.
ure tank's a bit small for 2 trichopteris, since they are very territorial fish. my male gold takes half the tank for himself. if u have 2 males thats asking for problems in such a small tank. check the dorsal fin...males have pointed ones and females have rounded ones. Could be a male and female too....when the male wants to mate and the female doesnt.
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47 gallon (180 litre) colisa tank
106 gallon (400 litre) Gourami tank
317 gallon (1200 litre) angelfish tank
The female didnt work out eather, the male that was in bad shape before now attackes the female I introduced. She got really sick and died in the temporary hospital I setup. I guess three spots are a little more finikey than other gouramis I've had and they dont always work in pairs in a small space. I am just going to keep the male who has made almost a complete recovery.
i have 2 gourami one flame and the other powder blue in a 10 gallon tank and for a while they were ok but just recently after i did a partcial water change the blue one is always atacking the red and a big chunk of the tail came off and im watching the blue one chase the red around the aquarium and i dont know what to do
IME, two Gouramis in the same tank is just a disaster. One will be harassed to death. Therefore, I've taken to keeping only one per tank, even in my 50 gallon I has issues with keeping a pair but when I had three no one was harassed too much. Wise decision to keep only one however
Pick your fav of the two and either move the other one to another tank or return it to your LFS. A 10 gallon is much too small for two Dwarf Gourami such as those anyway so adding a third wouldn't be an option.
Originally Posted by fighttest View Post
i have a blue and a gold (both males) in a 90 gallon and i found that is almost to small for 2 gourami males.......For the most part things are ok, but when i trim my plants hard, the first few days are a little squirrelly.......Some chasing, but nothing ever excessive to the point of stress,IMO...............Once the plants are up to the top again, and line of sight is broken up its generally ok, with both having there half of the tank......I think anything smaller, it could get ugly for one of the gouramis....
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