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Lethargic male Gourami !
Old 12-26-2013, 02:30 PM   #11
 
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I currently have a 40 gallon gourami tank (1 male 3 female). All are around 3 years of age. Provide hiding places for the less aggressive fish. At the substrate i use small clay pots wrapped in java moss and wood or rock laced with java fern. Use some type of floating plants at the surface i.e. water sprite, frogbit, or pennywort. The floating plants give them cover near the surface where they spend large amounts of time. If live plants aren't your thing at one time I had a 3 foot plastic fern floating for top cover.
thank you so much!! I'm glad to know that they can get along well!
I have been looking for some java moss at every pet store in my city but cant find ANYTHING :( i'll keep looking for sure though!
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:40 PM   #12
 
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I currently have a 40 gallon gourami tank (1 male 3 female). All are around 3 years of age. Provide hiding places for the less aggressive fish. At the substrate i use small clay pots wrapped in java moss and wood or rock laced with java fern. Use some type of floating plants at the surface i.e. water sprite, frogbit, or pennywort. The floating plants give them cover near the surface where they spend large amounts of time. If live plants aren't your thing at one time I had a 3 foot plastic fern floating for top cover.
I have 2 male dwarfs and I've found that my powder blue dwarf gourami doesn't like to hide when being chased by the other red one. Maybe they are playing bite tag...
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:44 PM   #13
 
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No, they are not playing anything. The one is harassing the other to death.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:39 AM   #14
 
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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.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:50 AM   #15
 
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Highly territorial fish known for conspecific aggression don't play IMO
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:25 AM   #16
 
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Highly territorial fish known for conspecific aggression don't play IMO
Would castration be a viable solution for fish?
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