We have had a lovely community tank for a little while with no problems other than the occasional disappearing neon tetra.
We took out time to decide on a gourami and eventually chose the Dwarf Gourami neon blue variety.
We got one male and two females on suggestion from the person at the store. As they are the blue neons, the females are also slightly blue. They all looked very peaceful at the store, but we were aware they could be 'territorial' at times.
We have a 200 litre tank with a few silver sharks, a three spotted gourami who is a kitten, some neons and two clown loaches.
For the first few days the male was fine and would just swim around, then he began to pull up just about every plant in the aquarium to build a bubble nest.
THis we had no real problem with, but then the violence started.
He now spends most of his time chasing the two females around all day every day, only stopping to chase the other gourami or one of the silver sharks if they dare to swim anywhere near his nest.
The nest isnt really bubbles, its just lots of leaves all stuck together, and both the females are looking pretty stressed and certainly not ready to spawn.
THis has been going on for about three weeks now and im worried the constant speeding around under the covers and through all our plants and sticks is stressing all the other fish and he is really just terrorising them rather than spawning with them.
Does this sound like normal pre-spawning behaviour or is this guy a rogue? He even had a go at my girlfriend when she was cleaning near his nest. Sounds more like a betta than a dwarf gourami who is supposed to be peaceful.
The guy a the store told me to bring the females back and he would settle down. If I knew this would work Id try it, but im worried that since he doesnt seem interested in the females now, he'll just move onto other fish.
Any suggestions would be VERY appreciated!! ;)