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dorabaker 02-01-2011 01:27 AM

update, piccy, and a few questions :)
 
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hey everyone!
so..i know i haven't been on TFK for AAAAGES. and i figured it was time for an update...
first, some bad news...since i was last on here, my little female cambodian betta, flame, died. i'd been on holidays and kind of neglected her tank :oops: so when i came back, i found her tank almost completely overrun by green algae and flame looking sickly. i cleaned the tank out, put some melafix in and hoped it would help (she was covered in sort of gold dust stuff so i thought she might have velvet disease) but she died after a few weeks, even though the gold stuff disappeared. :-( my fault for neglecting her i guess. poor little fishy :cry:
on the other hand, my main tank is still running really well. fingers crossed. :-P there's a piccy of it attached at the bottom of this post. the plants are really flourishing and a friend gave me some hygrophila as a birthday present last year and it looks great, which surprised me because i'd read hygrophilas needed strong light. (the only lighting over my tank is the bulb that lights the entire room).
anyway, i've finally got to the point where i might actually be able to buy more fish to put in my main tank, which has only really had the gourami in it since i set it up in july last year. for some reason until now, there's always been something or other that's made me have to put off adding any more fish. but at the moment, the tank's well established, i'm not going on holiday any time soon, and i have enough money to afford the fish and maybe a gravel vacuum as well..which is something i've been dreaming of owning ever since i first saw one in a fishkeeping book :D
i do have just one concern though. the fish i want to get are a shoal of 6 cherry barbs and a bristlenose plec (already discussed in several other threads on this site). but i'm worried that the gourami will be agrressive towards them. she's been alone in the tank for a long time, and when i had corys with her they could barely eat because even if i gave her flakes at the top of the tank, she'd always find their sinking tablets far more interesting :-? i'm worried she'll just be really competitive with the other fish for food. any advice?

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Aqua Jon 02-01-2011 01:36 AM

I have a thought, not proven though, so take it with caution. Could you perhaps condition the gourami to feed at a specific corner of the tank? Then feed the new comers in the opposite corner so to prevent any food fights. Maybe it will provide a sense of security to the gourami in that nothing has really changed, he/she still gets to eat alone. Or I suppose, though it would be a hassle, you could section off the tank during feeding.

P.S. Gorgeous tank and gourami!!! Is that a dwarf honey gourami?

dorabaker 02-01-2011 01:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Aqua Jon (Post 576131)
I have a thought, not proven though, so take it with caution. Could you perhaps condition the gourami to feed at a specific corner of the tank? Then feed the new comers in the opposite corner so to prevent any food fights. Maybe it will provide a sense of security to the gourami in that nothing has really changed, he/she still gets to eat alone. Or I suppose, though it would be a hassle, you could section off the tank during feeding.

P.S. Gorgeous tank and gourami!!! Is that a dwarf honey gourami?

thankyou! no, she's the golden variant of the blue gourami, thought maybe she looks quite small in this picture :) she's a little more than 3 inches long including the tail.
how do you think i could 'condition' her to eat in one corner of the tank? it does sound like a good idea, but she goes crazy around food so it might be impossible :-?

Aqua Jon 02-01-2011 10:22 AM

I would just pick a corner and feed in that corner from now on for the gourami. Over time this behavior should become the new norm spot for the gouami to go for food. Maybe a spot on the right would be best since there are a lot of plants. Later this would be more advantageous to the gourami. Hopefully the plants can discourage the faster moving cherry barbs from going for the gourami food. It will be a bit of an experiment. But it may be best for you and your fish to wait for a second opinion from other members on the forum. Either way, if you are going to try this i would begin feeding in a selected corner very soon.

aunt kymmie 02-01-2011 11:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Aqua Jon (Post 576278)
I would just pick a corner and feed in that corner from now on for the gourami. Over time this behavior should become the new norm spot for the gouami to go for food. Maybe a spot on the right would be best since there are a lot of plants. Later this would be more advantageous to the gourami. Hopefully the plants can discourage the faster moving cherry barbs from going for the gourami food. It will be a bit of an experiment. But it may be best for you and your fish to wait for a second opinion from other members on the forum. Either way, if you are going to try this i would begin feeding in a selected corner very soon.

+1. This works for me in all my tanks. The fish get the idea rather quickly. On one tank when I walk up to my tank all loaches charge left, all discus charge right. On another tank all tetras charge left, all dwarf cichids charge right. It took the fish just a week to fall into this behavior. Good luck! Your gourami is indeed a very pretty fish! Welcome back and stay awhile this time, would you??!! ;-)

PS. I'm sorry you lost Flame. :-(

dorabaker 02-01-2011 09:16 PM

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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 576351)
+1. This works for me in all my tanks. The fish get the idea rather quickly. On one tank when I walk up to my tank all loaches charge left, all discus charge right. On another tank all tetras charge left, all dwarf cichids charge right. It took the fish just a week to fall into this behavior. Good luck! Your gourami is indeed a very pretty fish! Welcome back and stay awhile this time, would you??!! ;-)

PS. I'm sorry you lost Flame. :-(

wow. i think that's pretty amazing! i might give it a try. thanks!
and.. i'll try and hang around lol, i really love this site and i've missed it :-)


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