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MisticAllie314 06-26-2008 12:30 AM

OMG my gourami is a crazy squirt gun!
so i have had my male dwarf gourami (named discus) since march or February... anyways... i know gouramis will sometimes spit upwards to dislodge food (like in nature w/ insects) but i never thought anything funny when my male never did it. Welll... I moved him to a new tank last week... and he just started squirting yesterday night.
So.... ok... at first i was thrilled and he does seem very happy... but two things... since squirting 1) he jumps too... and sometimes i hear him lightly hit the top part of my glass hood! I'm afraid he might hurt himself! Should i lower the water level in the tank just in case?
2) He seems more playful with his tankmate (female spotted gourami) but sometimes its a bit too much and she wants nothing to do with him... He doesn't at all appear to be hurting her so much as borderline harrass her.

So is the new tank the cause for these 2 major changes in behavior? He looks happy to me... do you think these are signs of a happy gourami?

hardflip2heavan 07-16-2008 08:35 AM

i don't know what could have caused the changes but i would lower the water level if i were you. i had a female blue gourami that liked to jump and would lightly hit the top of the tank every now and then. it soon got the the point she did it so much she lost scales on her head, suffered head trauma, and died. i would say lower the water level before yours can do the same. just a word of advice.

iamntbatman 07-16-2008 12:12 PM

Yeah, it sounds to me like the fish is seeing something above the water that it thinks is food-related. I'd lower the water level some and see if it stops. Sometimes after a water change or top-off, my gourami also squirts water at the hood. He never jumps, though, so I haven't done anything about it.

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