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Glasfish 07-30-2012 04:39 PM

Male Fighting Fish
Hi, This is my first post, hope you can help :-D

I've had a male fighter in my 60 ltr tank for around 6 months, and he has been behaving normally and active.

I have recently added 2 dwarf Gouramis and 2 blue ram cichlids, and since the male fighter has been really reserved and hides a this normal?


Olympia 07-30-2012 04:55 PM

Welcome to TFK! :-D
Gourami and betta are natural enemies. They live in the same habitat and in the wild fight for the same resources. This translates over to not nice tank mates. I've heard of dwarf gourami killing betta, and also betta killing dwarf gourami. Usually doesn't end well, I'd separate them.
Not sure if the rams have any part in this, I don't keep them.
But generally a betta is happiest on it's own in a tank, and they do better on their own in a smaller tank than with other fish in a bigger tank.
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thekoimaiden 07-30-2012 05:02 PM

Hi! Welcome to the forum!

You do have some problems there. Fighting fish (Betta splendens) shouldn't be combined with other gourami like your dwarf gourami or cichlids like the blue ram as all of these fish are aggressive. The gourami and ram will nip at the fins of the betta, and the gourami and ram will fight among themselves. The tank is too small for any of those fish aside from the fighting fish. The gourami and rams need at least a 37 L tank. To have them all together you'll need a tank at least double that size. If you can return the gourami and rams that would be the best course of action.

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eaturbyfill 08-02-2012 07:20 PM

Welcome to the forum. As the others mentioned, those fish are indeed very likely to exhibit aggression if kept together. Good luck with your fish

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