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post #11 of 17 Old 12-01-2010, 09:53 AM
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I may be wrong, but I don't think that's too bad. From what I've read, nitrates should be under 40. Maybe up the water changes if you want them lower.

I wouldn't put a female betta in with a gourami/s (tendency to fight?) but don't take my opinion on it, I really don't know.
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post #12 of 17 Old 12-01-2010, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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YES, so I also have heard! That's what I get for listening to a PetSmart employee! In my 20 gal I have a Gold gourami who is quite large, 2 opaline who are small, a cori cat and an Endler's guppy. I got the Goldie to keep my opalines from chasing each other so much, but the Goldie is sooo passive that he doesnt help at all! But when the opalines bully one anyone, the bullied goes to my 10 gal.
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post #13 of 17 Old 12-01-2010, 10:47 AM
Gouramis are like bettas, they are territorial. Adding another fish thats territorial wouldnt help make other fish less territorial. The reason your gold hasnt attack any of your other grouami is because they are smaller than he is. Its likely that he will become territorial if the opalines become similar in size and challenge him for space. Your stock seems ok, but the goramis on top will continue to bicker for territory.

Are you trying to behaviorally change them through punishment of moving to a smaller tank?
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post #14 of 17 Old 12-01-2010, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Would that work? I've thought about moving the bullied guy out, but my only other tank has guppies and such, so I figured that wasn't a good idea... even though he is very submissive. My other tank is pretty much at maximum because I have a breeder in there. Any ideas? Or are these two ok chasing each other?
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post #15 of 17 Old 12-01-2010, 02:00 PM
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-01-2010, 02:04 PM
well gouramis would do fine with smaller fish as long as they dont bother him, but he might eat your fry. As long as they dont inflict real damage, ie torn fins gashes, they should be ok. Heavily planting the tank or adding floating plants will also reduce aggression since cutting the line of sight often deters attacks.

When i was like 12, i used to chase my "aggressor" fish with a net when he attacked my other fish as punishment so how him what it was like to be chased. he died shortly from stress. Pulling a fish out of the water and moving it will do the same thing, even faster than chasing since they would continually get damaged slime coats and would have to acclimate and reacclimate every time you move them
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-01-2010, 03:46 PM
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[quote=SinCrisis;524433]
When i was like 12, i used to chase my "aggressor" fish with a net when he attacked my other fish as punishment so how him what it was like to be chased. he died shortly from stress. quote]


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