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Dwarf Gourami Questions! And sexing? And Advice!
Old 07-22-2012, 01:56 PM   #11
 
mine looks just like that and was told it is a golden gourmi
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:04 PM   #12
 
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I agree, the gourami is Trichopodus trichopterus, common names many including Blue Gourami, Gold G (the gold form), Opaline, Three-spot, Cosby, Marbled... etc, etc. This fish gets larger than you may want, and as i noted in the other thread on the Pristella, i would return it. Aside from possible aggression from the gourami, there is the even more likely chance the characins will nip it.

A comment on the issue of the virus and treatment, if this had been a Dwarf. There is no treatment for the iridovirus that affects the Dwarf Gourami, and by the way which is n ow known to spread to other species. I think Dr. Neale Monks' advice in recent issues of PFK is sound--no one should ever acquire the Dwarf Gourami, it simply is not worth the risk. Unless you know the source of the fish, by which I mean where it was bred and raised, and can be certain this was a reputable breeder, forget it. There is, as I said, no cure for the disease, and it can be present in fish for a couple months without signs, and fish can carry it and infect other fish without getting it themselves.

Also, on quarantine treatments, one should not apply medications to new fish in quarantine if nothing is confirmed to be present. Now, there are a couple exceptions that i won't go into at the moment, but any generic treatment for fungus, parasites, etc. will stress the fish out, and they are already under stress, and this is more likely to bring on something than cure anything. And viral problems cannot be treated with anything (other than clean water and good food) anyway, so this is even more pointless.

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Old 07-22-2012, 06:05 PM   #13
 
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I wasn't going to treat before I know anything is wrong...I use medications as a last resort, for the safety of the fish, and my wallet!

My boyfriend is the reason I got the gourami, even as a dwarf, we were going to keep it in a seperate tank..how big/small a tank would I need? Would a 15 gal be good?

I'm thinking of getting honey gouramis? Would they be good in a 15? How many?
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:15 PM   #14
 
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I wasn't going to treat before I know anything is wrong...I use medications as a last resort, for the safety of the fish, and my wallet!

My boyfriend is the reason I got the gourami, even as a dwarf, we were going to keep it in a seperate tank..how big/small a tank would I need? Would a 15 gal be good?

I'm thinking of getting honey gouramis? Would they be good in a 15? How many?
The blue gourami attains 4-5 inches, some sources say it can reach 6 inches.

Honey Gourami are better in this situation, a trio (one male, two females) would be OK in a 15g (assuming it is the standard 24-inch length).
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:01 PM   #15
 
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Hmm...what if I got all females? Are females common? Is the difference the same as the blue gourami?
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:05 PM   #16
 
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Hmm...what if I got all females? Are females common? Is the difference the same as the blue gourami?
If you mean difference between m/f, this is mentioned in the profile.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:35 PM   #17
 
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Ah, I see, a bit differently. I was at work, so i couldent look it up, just answering threads really quick!
I was hoping to get to the store before they closed, then i realized it was Sunday!
Darn it!
Oh well, tomorrow, i shall return my two fishums, and get more pristellas and hopefully a few honey gouramis!
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:57 PM   #18
 
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Honey gourami females are easily identified by their lateral line from eye to tail, the males will have more color to them while females with be almost uniform brown(yellow for the gold variant) minus the dark brown lateral line. My golden females have some of them red orange that males have on the tips of their fins but I'm unsure if normal honey gourami will have that same coloration. Dwarfs will normally be very colorful stripped red/blue with females being pink/light orange but as everyone says the irdovirus isn't worth the risk
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:33 PM   #19
 
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Yeah, I don't really want to take the risk..it really sucks that such a beautiful fish is so dangerous to your tank!
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