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post #11 of 14 Old 02-12-2013, 04:53 AM
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surprised no one mentioned this, but bettas and gouramis are never ever supposed to be housed together
For possible fighting reasons, or other ones? I knew they weren't supposed to be housed together because they may try to kill each other, but I'm not aware of anything else on the matter. lol



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post #12 of 14 Old 02-12-2013, 06:03 AM
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surprised no one mentioned this, but bettas and gouramis are never ever supposed to be housed together
I think this would have stood out if it was a male betta. Since females are kept in sororities, it really didn't ring a bell with me. I have no experience with the female betta at all.

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post #13 of 14 Old 02-12-2013, 08:50 AM
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Well, females can be just as vicious as males, a lot of people don't know that. Sororities take a good bit of time to create and there's still usually a little scuffling and bickering even after things are sorted out. There's always dominance issues with them. And they can take chunks out of fish just as easy as males, some have even killed males meant to breed with them. I had one that ripped apart one of my fish, it was a cory. It just depends on the betta. I have a male that gets along in my community tank, even with a male dwarf gourami...but that's not something extremely common. Contrary to popular belief: Bettas may not get along with any other fish at all, regardless of them normally co-existing in someone elses tank peacefully. I have one that didn't even get along with snails, let alone other fish or frogs. ^^;
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post #14 of 14 Old 02-12-2013, 10:16 AM
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I know you might think it's just a rare case, but even if they're being nice now, that could change, maybe the gouge on your gourami is from the betta, so for the good of your fish, take out the gourami or the betta
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