02-28-2014, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by jaysee
No, they are not playing anything. The one is harassing the other to death.
It looked that way at first but it's as if the blue one looks over at the red one and says "hey, come and get me!". When I had cichlids the one being harassed would look stressed and try to hide but this fish doesn't seem like it's bothered by the harassment.
I've solved the problem for now... I coaxed them into territories by dropping algae wafers on both ends of the aquarium. On one end I broke them up into pieces and tossed them onto a plastic plant so that they fell into the buds. On the other end I scattered little pieces along the bottom. It didn't take them long to find them and that seems to have settled them down.
I really like these fish and I think gourami tanks are best with live vegetation... if they don't get along in the long run, I think I'll get a 15-20 gallon and give the red one its own tank with some smaller schooling fish.