water level for gouramis - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 03-25-2011, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
water level for gouramis

I have two dwarf gouramis and I was recently reading that they like/need a low water level so they can get oxygen from the air. I like the water level to be up to the rim of the tank, just for the looks. Is that too high? Is a lower water level necessary for their health? I have had them for almost two months and they seem healthy.
Bridget01 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 03-25-2011, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
One gourami tends to hang at the top and the other is all over the place.

Last edited by Bridget01; 03-25-2011 at 12:58 PM.
Bridget01 is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 03-25-2011, 01:25 PM
Member
 
jeaninel's Avatar
 
Aquarium
As long as there is airspace between the water surface and the hood or glass canopy they should be fine.

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty
jeaninel is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 03-25-2011, 01:57 PM
Member
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bridget01 View Post
I have two dwarf gouramis and I was recently reading that they like/need a low water level so they can get oxygen from the air. I like the water level to be up to the rim of the tank, just for the looks. Is that too high? Is a lower water level necessary for their health? I have had them for almost two months and they seem healthy.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bridget01 View Post
One gourami tends to hang at the top and the other is all over the place.

As jeaninell said, they only need access to the surface - whether there is an inch or two inches doesn't matter. If the water level is too high, it can interfere with the CO2/O2 exchange, but that's more of an issue with glass tops as they provide more complete coverage than the plastic hoods.

Dwarf gouramis generally aren't tolerant of one another. The one that hangs out at the surface is no doubt being bullied by the one that's all over the place. You really should separate them.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
jaysee is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 03-25-2011, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Believe it or not, the one who hangs mostly at the top I believe to be the female and she occasionally chases the male. She is the newer one too. I watch pretty carefully and don't think there is any serious bullying going on; she seems to just be bossy.
Bridget01 is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 03-26-2011, 01:29 AM
Member
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
What makes you think it's a female? It's extremely common for people new to think they have females when they in fact have males.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
jaysee is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 03-29-2011, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
I don't know for sure about their genders. The one who is all over the place is more colorful, a much brighter blue, with a red tint, so I assume he is a male. The one who hangs at the top (the bossy one) is a pale blue.
Bridget01 is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 03-29-2011, 10:32 AM
Member
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
Hanging out at the top is a sign of being bullied. Being all over the place is a sign of dominance. I think there's a good deal of bullying taking place. There doesn't need to be overt attacks for this to be the case. I think the fish may be stressed, which is why they aren't behaving right.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
jaysee is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Water level in filter Vicky Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 3 10-14-2008 07:52 AM
Water level and circulation hookedonfishtanks Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 2 03-12-2008 06:14 PM
125 water level going fast ???????? black&whiteclowns Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 11 07-11-2007 02:58 PM
Water pump - above or below water level FishN00b Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 3 04-26-2007 10:30 AM
Water level & Aeration jsm11482 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 9 09-18-2006 08:30 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome