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Olympia 01-21-2013 06:24 AM

Sparkling gourami fighting
Sort of in a hurry. But I have 2 males and 1 female in a DENSELY planted 20 gallon long tank. One male always has his tail closed and is always being picked on by the other male.. Is this normal? Will a bigger group solve the issue? I thought they liked to live in small groups.
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fish monger 01-21-2013 07:08 AM

I think that two females and one male would be a better arrangement. Maybe you could add two females to the group. My experience with gourami has been that there is always a pecking order. This is especially true among males.

Olympia 01-21-2013 09:42 AM

It's so hard to sex them in the store though. :/
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Byron 01-21-2013 04:41 PM

This species is not different from all species; males are territorial, and the ration of male/female should be more females than males.

In my several years of maintaining this species and having had many successful spawns, I found that this aggression was strongest during the period when a male is guarding the nest. For such a tiny fish, he is quite the fighter. I've had to remove hatchetfish due to the aggression of defending males.

Get a larger group, say 7 fish, and you will likely have a better ratio. They are not easy as you said to distinguish when young. Also, thick floating plants covering the surface with extensive root systems (Water Sprite, Wisteria allowed to float) also help to break up territories.


Olympia 01-22-2013 04:51 PM

As far as I know they haven't been breeding. o.O
I went and picked up 4 more today, hopefully that helps.. Here are some pics of their tank... Currently having some algae issues due to a too-old light tube.

These new ones look very young..

Byron 01-22-2013 05:39 PM

That's fine, nice tank for them. And a beauty of a fish.:-)

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