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awolcol 02-26-2010 03:47 PM

2 Gold Gourami and a Neon Blue Dwarf
Help... I'm a novice and this is my first tank. We decided to introduce two gold gourami and a male neon blue dwarf to start off the community. All was peaceful for a while until the dwarf began being harassed by one of the gold's. But then the attention changed to the other gold.

Having read through other posts, it appears as though I have a male (long pointed dorsal fin) and a female (shorter rounded dorsal fin) gold. The male is the aggressor and the female now hides in the grasses under the filter, only coming out when chased by the male. Is this a mating ritual? The golds are about 3" long at the moment so probably not fully matured.

Tank size is 160 litres...

philipboucharddavies 02-26-2010 05:50 PM

Im not an expert on gouramis but just looking at fish in general i suggest you try and get more females because that seems to make males chase the females less

awolcol 02-27-2010 03:49 AM

thanks for the advise - I assume another female gold would divide the males attention?

willow 02-27-2010 04:21 AM

i don't have anything positive to add,as mine were awful with the agression ,
and i returned them to the LFS.
i just would like to say welcome.:-D

awolcol 02-28-2010 03:52 AM

hi Willow, thanks for the welcome - much appreciated. How did you overcome / resolve the aggression? What does LFS mean?

fryup 02-28-2010 04:18 AM

live fish seller (i think)....A.K.A the pet shop you got them from :):):)

iamntbatman 02-28-2010 04:44 AM

Live Fish Seller works too, but it generally means "local fish store."

fryup 02-28-2010 04:48 AM

ok thank you helped me too....i just presumed when i saw LFS that thats what it ment ....but like you say it works hahahaha:):):)

willow 02-28-2010 01:08 PM

i couldn't resolve i returned them and i bought three pearl gouramis instead
two girls and a boy.
Local Fish Store,sorry i didn't explain before.
you could try and get another female,to spread the agression,but perhaps
ask them at the store if you can return them if it won't work out.
good luck.

awolcol 03-01-2010 02:35 PM

thanks for explaining LFS - so obvious once you know.

So, are Pearl's less territorial than Gold's then?

I may have to try introducing another female Gold first and hope that this resolves the issue - the two have grown to a fair size and the colourings / markings have become very distinctive...

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