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Bman422 11-10-2010 11:34 PM

What gourami do I have?
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Hey all,

Since this is my first post, I'd like to start by saying that this looks like a great forum - any questions I tried googling would almost inevitably bring me to this site, so I figured I may as well register and know when to turn when I need advice or a question answered :-)

I'm new to keeping an aquarium, and my start's been bumpy so far, but I'm learning a lot and trying not to repeat mistakes. I currently have a 10 gallon tank with a giant danio and a dwarf gourami, or so I'm told. The employees at the pet store where I bought him said that he's a dwarf gourami, but I looked up a few pictures online and he does't really look like one at all - body size is off, coloration is a little off. I'm posting a picture here, would anyone be able to ID him?

Thanks :-D

jeaninel 11-11-2010 01:03 AM

Well that's not a gourami. Looks like a Jewel cichlid to me. You should probably take it back as it's not appropriate for a 10 gallon tank and gets aggressive.

small fry 11-11-2010 04:48 AM

I second! That is no doubt the hemichromis bimaculatus (Jewel Cichlid). I have one of those. They are not nice in small tanks, believe me!

If that Jewel is in with the giant danio, I would get the Jewel out ASAP!

aunt kymmie 11-11-2010 09:16 AM

I agree with the others, a jewel cichlid. Very pretty fish but unfortunately not a good choice for a smaller tank. Welcome to TFK, we are glad you joined! :-)

Bman422 11-11-2010 09:31 AM

arghhh that's so frustrating. I've been losing faith in my local pet shop since the employees generally aren't much of a help, but straight up getting the name wrong and selling me a different fish is just too much. Sadly, I can't take it back (It's out of state and I don't currently have access to a car), but I did notice that it was (very slightly) aggressive toward the danio - it nipped it's tail fin, but since then, it seems like they've been okay....

Sigh :|

small fry 11-11-2010 10:12 AM

Not to add to the problem but, that is exactly how my Jewel cichlid treated my old pleco before it killed him overnight. I would be very hesitant to trust your Jewel. Maybe a lfs near you will take him. A lot of pet stores will take fish, and sometimes even give you some cash for it.

BTW welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping!:-D

Byron 11-11-2010 02:42 PM

Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Sorry to hear your story, but all too common I fear. But your experience does provide good illustration of what many of us often advise--know the fish before you acquire it. When you see fish in any store, research it so you will know what it needs, how it acts, if it will be compatible in your aquarium, etc. And check the photos.

I learned the hard way, but now I absolutely will not buy any fish that I have not fully researched. Sometimes this means going home and researching online, then if the fish is suitable going back to acquire it. Some stores have reference books you can use; these are OK for the common fish that have been around a while, but new discoveries will not be in many of the books. Or take a reference book with you; I've had to do this a couple times.

Hopefully others may learn from this experience.


thefishboy 11-11-2010 02:45 PM

Hello and welcome to TFK..
I agree with the others it does look like a Jewel Cichlid

GreenPlanet 11-11-2010 05:54 PM

I guess its a neon Jewel Cichlid

small fry 11-11-2010 08:09 PM

What is a "neon Jewel cichlid?" Are you reffering to the hemichromis bimaculatus?

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