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Old 06-24-2013, 03:48 PM   #1
 
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Blue Gouramis

Can a blue gourami's stripes become so bold/dark that their spots disappear? I have taken in what I was told to be 3 blue gouramis. So far 2 of them are definitely blue gouramis, the 3rd started off looking just like them. But now her stripes are so bold and I don't see any spots.

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Old 06-24-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
 
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That is more than likely a male. Mine varies in color and pattern very widely.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
 
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That is more than likely a male. Mine varies in color and pattern very widely.
The fins and body size say female?
Here are a few pics of the one in question



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Old 06-25-2013, 06:10 AM   #4
 
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You're right, it does look like a female. I've never noticed my females do that, but your photos show that they do. How big are they ?
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:19 PM   #5
 
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They're all approx 3" long. I asked on a FaceBook group I am on and they said that it is common for them to get bold stripes/to fade their spots away.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:35 PM   #6
 
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You're right I have seen some blue gouramis with faded spots. In fact there is this book that I have. Its a visual reference to freshwater aquarium fish. One of the pictures of a blue gourami looks very similar to your own.
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:25 PM   #7
 
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In our profile of this species [click the link],
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...pterus-177634/
it mentions that there are several colour/pattern varieties, and a few are included in the photos.

All have the dark blotch at the caudal peduncle, and while it is not all that dark in the fish pictured in this thread, I think it is still there. Fish colouring can fade under certain conditions which may also explain it.

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