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post #11 of 11 Old 06-10-2011, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by ikcaj View Post
They are a M/F pair of blue gouramis (Trichogaster trichopterus). I've had them about six months now but have yet to see the female creating an egg bubble. I initally had a very agressice male, beautiful fish but too mean. I traded him to a good home for the docile male I have now.

If they were the only two fish in the tank, could a 10 gal. suffice?

As for the fry, no I didn't realize it could be that many. My plan, if they live, was to trade them with friends and for store credit at a locally owned and operated fish/aquarium store.

Also, please ignore my previous question about raising hardness/pH. You answered it in your inital reply regarding the crushed coral. I was very tired last night - felt like an idiot asking a question you had just answered lol!
On the gourami, no, this species needs space. Please read our profile, click on the name Blue Gourami. And it is the male that builds (and subsequently guards) the bubblenest. One of the reasons you need more space is that he will aggressively drive the female out of sight if they do spawn, and may kill her if she cannot escape.

I suspect you will find that you have more livebearer fry than anyone will ever take. Trying to get rid of hundreds of fry every 6 weeks is near impossuible unless you can supply someone needing them as food for other fish. Stores won't be able to sell them as fast as you provide them after the first batch.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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