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JonBurton 06-30-2012 12:21 PM

My Gold Gourami is Chasing my other Gouramis!
 
Hey there, I have a gold gourami and 3 inches in size and he is chasing my other 2 Gouramis(Dwarf and Blue) And it sort of looks like he is nibbling on their tales. What should I do to stop this? it looks like he is bullying the other 2 because they are smaller. Or he is being territorial. Should I sell it or keep it?

Olympia 06-30-2012 12:22 PM

Gourami species should not be mixed for this reason. These fish compete with each other in the wild and often do not get along for that reason.
I'd get rid of the offender, if you want to keep the other two, a ton of plants will help keep the peace.
What size tank is it?
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JonBurton 06-30-2012 12:24 PM

It is a 10g tank and I will probably end up selling it.

Byron 06-30-2012 02:14 PM

Agree with Olympia, this behaviour is to be expected from gourami, and in so small (to the fish) an aquarium. The other two won't likely last long if the gold is not removed. And the Blue and Dwarf should be separated.

We have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. Info on minimum tank sizes, compatibility, etc. is included for each species. Please have a read. For a direct link:
Blue Gourami [this is the same species as the Gold which is just a colour variant]
Dwarf Gourami

JonBurton 07-01-2012 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1135771)
Agree with Olympia, this behaviour is to be expected from gourami, and in so small (to the fish) an aquarium. The other two won't likely last long if the gold is not removed. And the Blue and Dwarf should be separated.

We have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. Info on minimum tank sizes, compatibility, etc. is included for each species. Please have a read. For a direct link:
Blue Gourami [this is the same species as the Gold which is just a colour variant]
Dwarf Gourami

Actually I left for the night and came back right now and they seem completely fine. I guess I just had to wait ;)

JonBurton 07-01-2012 01:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1135771)
Agree with Olympia, this behaviour is to be expected from gourami, and in so small (to the fish) an aquarium. The other two won't likely last long if the gold is not removed. And the Blue and Dwarf should be separated.

We have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. Info on minimum tank sizes, compatibility, etc. is included for each species. Please have a read. For a direct link:
Blue Gourami [this is the same species as the Gold which is just a colour variant]
Dwarf Gourami

Never mind, they went at it again, the dwarf Gourami's tail is completely gone now... Gunna have to get rid of him.

Byron 07-01-2012 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by JonBurton (Post 1136929)
Never mind, they went at it again, the dwarf Gourami's tail is completely gone now... Gunna have to get rid of him.

Yes, you cannot change a fish's inherent nature. Sometimes an individual fish will be different to some extent from the norm, but not usually.

JonBurton 07-01-2012 01:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1136940)
Yes, you cannot change a fish's inherent nature. Sometimes an individual fish will be different to some extent from the norm, but not usually.

The women at the pet store said all gouramis get along together. So I got 2 different ones. I am going to bring them both back and tell the store manager what happened. And sell the Gold Gourami on Kijiji.

Byron 07-01-2012 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by JonBurton (Post 1136944)
The women at the pet store said all gouramis get along together. So I got 2 different ones. I am going to bring them both back and tell the store manager what happened. And sell the Gold Gourami on Kijiji.

Unfortunately, employees at some fish stores have limited knowledge. Some stores don't care as long as they sell fish. And then there are the good stores owned by hobbyists and/or that employ hobbyists.

JonBurton 07-01-2012 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1136948)
Unfortunately, employees at some fish stores have limited knowledge. Some stores don't care as long as they sell fish. And then there are the good stores owned by hobbyists and/or that employ hobbyists.

Yeah the women who sold me my fish did not look to enthusiastic. Oh well I will get a refund and Get different fish. What kind of fish do you recommend? Like I want to have some mixed. :)


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