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fashionfobie 06-14-2011 08:43 AM

Gourami swimming in the current.
My Gourami has been swimming in the highest current of the tank by choice. I am curious if this is an indicator of anything behavioral or otherwise. It seems like he is giving himself a lot of grief when he could go and relax in his normal waterlily territory. Any ideas ?

Thank you :)


Byron 06-14-2011 06:04 PM

That is not natural. Any other signs of something wrong, such as its colour, respiration rate, more frequent trips for air, clamped fins, etc? What species of gourami?

fashionfobie 06-14-2011 06:10 PM

It is a Honey Gourami. He seems normal. He is eating and looks very healthy, in terms of coloration and fins etc. I also keep up with regular water changes and testing and keep a journal, nothing is out of place. Is it possible it could be something else behavioral?

Now that I double check his appearance he is back near his waterlily. Maybe I am just being paranoid. I always get nervous if they behave out of their norm. He was just doing it for hours and hours though.


Byron 06-14-2011 06:48 PM

Keep an eye on it. It might be lonely. If the tank is of sufficient size, another Honey or two maybe? If you're certain it's a male, then two females would be fine, provided the tank has space, a 15g or 20g minimum.

fashionfobie 06-14-2011 06:57 PM

I have a 250L I could probably get some tank mates for him :)

fashionfobie 06-16-2011 04:20 PM

I am happy to report that my Gourami has seem to given up on his personal battle with the current. I added some more drift wood and he seems to be very happy with that. I am also picking up two females for him tomorrow. Maybe a little romance will make him feel even better :)

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