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post #1 of 17 Old 07-16-2010, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Gold Gourami breeding conditions/behavior

Alright, I just read everything that I could find on the Gold Gourami and especially about breeding. I have no interest in breeding any fish but am noting some different behavior from one of my Gold Gourami.

I have just changed all the plants in my tank from fake to real and I have moved things around a bit. Tonight the larger of my gold Gourami is collecting plant debris from the tank and bringing it into one of the clay pots. It seems as though he/she is building a nest like a bird. He/she is also defending this area as though staking a claim on the pot.

From what I have read, the Gourami will build sort of a bubble nest at the surface of the water, usually in floating plants or long stemmed plants that reach the surface. So, what in the world is this little fish doing in this clay pot? Why collect the plant debris?

Has anyone ever noticed this behavior in their Gourami before? What about other fish? Do they build nest like this?

Here he/she is in the clay pot


and almost laying in the plant debris
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-16-2010, 08:48 AM
cute fish =)

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cute fish =)

Thanks kitten_penang. I think he/she is cute too but this fish is becomming more and more aggessive with this silly clay pot and plant leftovers. I wonder what is up with that? Is this fish thinking of breeding or just a crab? lol
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I have Gold Gouramis as well as a Blue.The male gourami are territorial and yours is probably claiming his spot.

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I have Gold Gouramis as well as a Blue.The male gourami are territorial and yours is probably claiming his spot.

Oh how cool, I have Blue and Gold as well. The Gold one is the only crabby one so far. The Blue ones are just a delight to watch. They seem a little timid but brave as all get out around the giant human intruder in their tank. The whole time I was trying to plant my tank yesterday the Blue guys hung out by my arm. Not nipping just swimming around looking at me. ha ha
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post #6 of 17 Old 07-16-2010, 12:02 PM
looks like the blues know your their mom or something ^.^ Bones right btw the are territorial lol

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3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
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looks like the blues know your their mom or something ^.^ Bones right btw the are territorial lol

LOL Well, I do tend to talk to the Blue ones. Mostly because they seem interested in me. The Tiger's do also, but mostly they are causing some trouble while watching me. ha ha

I know a lot of people do not really like Tiger Barbs but I think they are pretty fun little fish.
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We obviously have the same taste in fish 'cause I have Tiger Barbs too.lol.Mine always nip at my arms when I'm cleaning the tank or triming plants.

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post #9 of 17 Old 07-16-2010, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Well they certainly were not what I set out to get but I am really enjoying them now that they are here. Actually, nothing I currently have is what I set out to get. ha ha Yikes! I am learning so much as I go but making one costly mistake after another. It's alright though, my fish are healthy and happy and that is what counts. I like how active the Barbs are. I think I would be bord with a fish that didn't swim about much.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-16-2010, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, now the smaller of the Gold Gourami is in the same pot... sleeping?


This fish is literally laying on the bottom of the pot and appears to be sleeping. Weird.
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