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post #1 of 5 Old 07-31-2011, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Male is Hiding - New home?

I have a M/F pair of blue gourami in a 30 gal tank. They usually live at the top of tank, behind the filter in the most densely planted portion. About a week ago my male, who is actually smaller than the female but when compared to the female appears to have the pointed sexing fins, went into hiding in the cave accessory at the bottom of the tank. (I'm wondering if perhaps both fish are actually female and this one is "playing" male.)

Haven't been able to get a decent pic of either of them.

Is it possible, if it is a male, he is building a bubble nest there? I'm worried about disturbing him if he is, but I thought they only build those at the top of the tank?

In reviewing the posts here, I see their current home probably has too much commotion for them. Lots of bubbles, guppies, etc.

I have a 20 gal, more heavily planted with much less water motion (i.e. duckweed is growing well in there). Only houses four fry at the moment but has way more direct light as I use it to grow plants.

Should I move these two or leave them alone?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-31-2011, 07:15 PM
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I have a M/F pair of blue gourami in a 30 gal tank. They usually live at the top of tank, behind the filter in the most densely planted portion. About a week ago my male, who is actually smaller than the female but when compared to the female appears to have the pointed sexing fins, went into hiding in the cave accessory at the bottom of the tank. (I'm wondering if perhaps both fish are actually female and this one is "playing" male.)

Haven't been able to get a decent pic of either of them.

Is it possible, if it is a male, he is building a bubble nest there? I'm worried about disturbing him if he is, but I thought they only build those at the top of the tank?

In reviewing the posts here, I see their current home probably has too much commotion for them. Lots of bubbles, guppies, etc.

I have a 20 gal, more heavily planted with much less water motion (i.e. duckweed is growing well in there). Only houses four fry at the moment but has way more direct light as I use it to grow plants.

Should I move these two or leave them alone?

I believe if they do make bubble nests, it's on the top of the water. How long have you had him/her? They can be a bit shy, but I'm wondering if either the other is harrassing him/her or if there may be something wrong with it. Something to consider? Your water parameters would be the first thing to consider. After my experience with Blue Gouami's I'd never keep two together, but apparently this does work if you can find a bonded pair. My Gourami didn't like other fish, and definately they don't like "busy" fish, but he just went after them, he didn't hide. Interesting. Best of luck.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-09-2011, 05:25 PM
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i'm having the same issue, but with opposite sexes. my female gold (at least i think its a female) is now hiding in the cave near the bottom instead of swimming near the top with the blue. i did a water change today, and used some PH balancing stuff. hopefully it was just something with the water and she will come out more. keep us posted please!
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-10-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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I wound up moving my guy to my other tank, which houses only a few very small fry. He is way too skinny and puny looking, so now I know he wasn't even coming out to eat. When I first moved him he hid in the new tank as well. Now he is out and swimming, though he still hangs out near the bottom I really think it's because he doesn't want to stray too far from his hiding hole just yet. Aside from weight loss there are no obvious signs of illness and all of the other fish that were in the original tank with him are fine. This is my mental health counselor side talking but I swear he acts like he has PTSD, poor thing.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-13-2011, 08:29 AM
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i got some pennywort to float at the top of my tank, and my gouramies have really taken to it. maybe try that and see if it makes him a little more comfortable.
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