opaline gourami is very inactive and dark...
my 4 inch opaline gourami and my 3 inch blue always camp at the bottom of the tank in cover and only come out to eat, I reduced the current in the tank and added taller plants, but it does nothing to convince them to come out. my 2 inch gold gourami seems perfectly active, what could be the cause of this? they are housed in a 26 gallon bowfront with a 50% water change once a week, temp 82 degrees with a 2.5 inch rio de para pleco and a 2.5 inch gibbiceps pleco.
Trichogasters usually swim near the surface so they can take gulps of air. Sometimes the females tend to hide or keep a low profile for the dominant male.
Ure tank might be too small
I notice my Gold Gourami bullies my two larger blue ones.
the smallest gold female is most active, the blue is semi active only when theres not movement in the room and still very timid (i think its a female) and the only male is the shyest and never comes out except to eat and gulp air. the reverse order is very interesting. its a pretty densely planted 26 bowfront so i dont think the tank is too small for 3 gouramis.
Sounds like the gold is bullying. Your tank is TOO HOT @ 82' . oxygen is depleted at that temp, but if you add o2 that depletes co2 which helps your plants, just decreasing the temp is all you should do. I keep my gouramos @ 78' . My gold is most active as well.
PS gouramis darken up when threatened.
I couldn't edit again so heres my second post. I seen your other post about is my G wasting so i thought i'd mention that a good way to feed a hider is to thaw some bloodworms in tank water pour them near (target feeding) the hiding fish. They fall fast and usually a G cannot resist them. And if you think that they may have parasites i used 1/2 dose of jungle labs-parasite clear without a problem, it saved my honey G.It's safe for plants too.
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