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DKRST 03-20-2011 10:40 AM

Plant eating dwarf gourami
Anyone ever had a problem with a dwarf gourami eating the plants? Mine eats the tops off my purple cabomba and I just noticed him pulling off an entire cabomba leaf. He's also putting a hurt on my duckweed. Are they noted as vegetarians?

Pufferfish22 03-20-2011 11:06 AM

I have Figure of 8 puffers who bite chunks out of my Java Ferns. I have looked this up and it would appear mine do it when they're bored. When I notice them doing it I move their tank around and they stop!! So maybe your little guy is doing it for the same reasons, not wanting veggies but wanting some stimulation!

DKRST 03-20-2011 02:57 PM

I don't think he's too bored - spends most of his "free" time chasing 5 angelfish around my 55 gallon tank. As soon as I resolve a disease problem in my kid's tank, he's moving there! The angelfish profile is spot-on, not a good combo with angelfish! The previous dwarf gourami I had was very mellow, never bothered any other fish and he was in a 29 gallon. This one is a powder-blue, do the color varieties have temperament differences?

kaythenewbie 03-27-2011 10:46 AM

I put blanched veggies in my tank for ottos, but my dwarf gourami always ends up eating them. He loves zucchini. I think they're omnivores so they need some veggies in their diet.

shinybetta 03-31-2011 06:00 PM

He could be using the plant pieces in a bubblenest, and using his mouth to get it off.

aunt kymmie 03-31-2011 10:25 PM


Originally Posted by DKRST (Post 623971)
This one is a powder-blue, do the color varieties have temperament differences?

From all I've read they most surely do. Honeys and dwarfs are noted as peaceful, the others, not so much. Kissing gouramis can be downright nasty!

DKRST 04-01-2011 08:51 AM

I just assumed that since the powder blue dwarfs were just a color variant of the dwarfs, personalities would match. Of course, each fish has it's own personality. Moot point now anyway. "Jumper" the gourami is now swimming with the guppies in my downstairs 29 - no more stressed angelfish and he ignores the guppies!

Once my duckweed starts growing again in quantity, I'll drop some into the tank for him to munch on periodically since he likes it so much!

Lupin 04-01-2011 09:08 AM

Mine did but he also used it to build up his bubblenest. He attacked me every time I do a water change in his pond.

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