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GreenPlanet 10-23-2010 05:37 PM

Dwarf Gourami Spitting Bubbles!!
 
I recently bought 2 dwarf gourami (Don't know they are male of female) for my aquarium. I also have 2 Mollies, 2 Pleco. My Gourami has been behaving oddly today, swimming to the front and side of the tank and spitting bubbles hundreds of tiny bubbles through his gills at the bottom the tank every 15-20 seconds. I just wondered if you might have an explanation for why it might be doing this and what I can do if it something that should change for the happiness of the fish.

iamgray 10-23-2010 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by GreenPlanet (Post 498437)
I recently bought 2 dwarf gourami (Don't know they are male of female) for my aquarium. I also have 2 Mollies, 2 Pleco. My Gourami has been behaving oddly today, swimming to the front and side of the tank and spitting bubbles hundreds of tiny bubbles through his gills at the bottom the tank every 15-20 seconds. I just wondered if you might have an explanation for why it might be doing this and what I can do if it something that should change for the happiness of the fish.

He is building a bubble nest. It's where the eggs are laid.

edit: So, perfectly natural behaviour, and nothing that you need to worry about as far as I know.

thefishboy 10-24-2010 06:45 AM

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You can tell if there male or female. Here is a pic, females are much duller.

[IMG]file:///C:/Users/Learner/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot.png[/IMG]

beachcire 10-24-2010 07:22 AM

Males dorsal fin will come to a point. The females dorsal fin will be rounded.



GreenPlanet 10-24-2010 08:20 AM

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Originally Posted by iamgray (Post 498440)
He is building a bubble nest. It's where the eggs are laid.

edit: So, perfectly natural behaviour, and nothing that you need to worry about as far as I know.

I don't know what he was doing!! I have 2 Gouramis in my tank. One is dominator he chases the other gourami all the day and bashes him. They just can't stop fighting. The dominator gourami bubbling at the bottom of the aquarium. Though he stopped bubbling still I want to learn about this unique behavior of my gourami.

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Originally Posted by thefishboy (Post 498701)
You can tell if there male or female. Here is a pic, females are much duller.

[IMG]file:///C:/Users/Learner/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot.png[/IMG]

Thanks for the pic mate both of my grourami looks like male according to this pic. Female is not that visible in this pic.

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Originally Posted by beachcire (Post 498704)
Males dorsal fin will come to a point. The females dorsal fin will be rounded.




Both of my fish has arrow like dorsal fin. So both of them are male! Then why the bubbling thing? Is it something related with territorial fight or showoff? I am so curious.

GreenPlanet 10-24-2010 08:47 AM

Took a snap of my Grouramis.

http://i53.tinypic.com/htcufd.jpg

iamgray 10-24-2010 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by GreenPlanet (Post 498713)
I don't know what he was doing!! I have 2 Gouramis in my tank. One is dominator he chases the other gourami all the day and bashes him. They just can't stop fighting. The dominator gourami bubbling at the bottom of the aquarium. Though he stopped bubbling still I want to learn about this unique behavior of my gourami.

It's like I said in my first reply - he is building a bubble nest. It's when they blow bubbles at the surface of the water, often using floating plants at the surface to anchor the bubbles. Once enough bubbles are there, the bubble nest is where the female would deposit eggs (if you had a female in your tank, that is). Bettas do it too. There is nothing strange about the behaviour. Google "gourami bubble nest" and you will find tons of information... it's pretty cool if you ask me, and super neat to watch!

kaythenewbie 10-24-2010 09:45 AM

Male Gouramis build bubble nests whether or not there is a female around. Don't worry about your fish. It's a good thing. A bubble nest means that your Gourami is happy and healthy in your tank. As for the aggression, male dwarf Gouramis can be territorial. Especially while building and guarding a bubble nest. He will probably chase off all other fish from the nest, but male Gouramis are generally most aggressive to other male Gouramis. I don't know how to calm aggression, but I'm sure someone on this forum will reply with advice.

PS, if the bubble nest bothers you, just scoop it out with your net or gravel vac. Problem solved! at least, until he builds a new one. ;-)

GreenPlanet 10-24-2010 10:16 AM

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Originally Posted by iamgray (Post 498730)
It's like I said in my first reply - he is building a bubble nest. It's when they blow bubbles at the surface of the water, often using floating plants at the surface to anchor the bubbles. Once enough bubbles are there, the bubble nest is where the female would deposit eggs (if you had a female in your tank, that is). Bettas do it too. There is nothing strange about the behaviour. Google "gourami bubble nest" and you will find tons of information... it's pretty cool if you ask me, and super neat to watch!

Would be happy to see a bubble nest for the first time in my life in my own aquarium :). But the prob is he gave up doing that. No floating bubble yet. I googled about bubble nest and found that they need plan which I dont have :(. Can they make bubble nest without any plant ?

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Originally Posted by kaythenewbie (Post 498741)
Male Gouramis build bubble nests whether or not there is a female around. Don't worry about your fish. It's a good thing. A bubble nest means that your Gourami is happy and healthy in your tank. As for the aggression, male dwarf Gouramis can be territorial. Especially while building and guarding a bubble nest. He will probably chase off all other fish from the nest, but male Gouramis are generally most aggressive to other male Gouramis. I don't know how to calm aggression, but I'm sure someone on this forum will reply with advice.

PS, if the bubble nest bothers you, just scoop it out with your net or gravel vac. Problem solved! at least, until he builds a new one. ;-)

Watching a bubble nest made by a tiny fish would be so cool. But its been 2 days no bubble nest yet. Since I dont have any plant in my aquarium. Could it be the reason that he gave up bubbling ?

I have uploaded both of my Dwarf Gouramis . What do you think are they male of female ?

thefishboy 10-24-2010 10:27 AM

They both loook like males to me


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