05-25-2013, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I think they are the same, but whether male or female I can't tell.
As it notes in our profile, the difference between male and female in this species is not the fins (which are basically the same) but size (in mature fish females are a bit larger) and colour (males more intense). I don't see any difference in either trait here.
To the video, this could be instructive if the fish were not stressed, but their erratic swimming indicates they have not settled down yet so their interactive behaviours are not showing. Two females would probably not interact much at all; two males certainly would, and a pair would make that obvious. But they are under some stress and fish under stress rarely exhibit normal interactive behaviours.
I'm assuming they are new additions to the tank, hence their stress. One thing I would certainly do is get some floating plants; all gourami must have a cover of floating plants, and this will calm them much faster. Water Sprite is ideal for this, but some stem plants allowed to float also work well.
Thanks for your help and advise, I will give them a few more days for them to settle down then I shall create another video. Whilst I was at my LFS, one was slightly darker than the other which is kind of noticeable in the 'pair photos' (see post #6).
Regards to floating plants, I currently have two Anacharis floating at the top of the aquarium. It is difficult to find water sprite or any other floating plants in any of my LFS as they hardly stock them.