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post #1 of 10 Old 10-17-2017, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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I have two pearl gourami which I think are boys but I'm not sure because they don't have a lot of red on the front of them. Could I get some advice as to what to do with them. Thanks

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-17-2017, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow Here are some pictures I have of them.

Both of them look identical in color so if one picture does not show very much red on the front of one of them just assume it was the lighting.
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The first indicators of sex will be the dorsal and anal fins - females are rounded off while males grow pointy, with filaments stemming from the anal fin. The red throat comes later, when the males are more mature. When they are small enough, sexing can be a real challenge. At this point, they both look like females to me. Feel pretty confidant about the bottom one - top one not so much.

What should you do with them? I think feeding them is a good place to start

The title of your thread is nipping gouramis - is that whatís going on? Is there any actual damage or are they just putting their mouths on each other? Fish donít have hands so they often interact with each other with their mouths. Gouramis do have feelers too, which they use for the same purpose. What size tank?

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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I guess they could just be putting their mouths on each other not nipping.
There is no physical damage but one Is chasing the other all around the aquarium and I just didn't seem like friendly play.

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Good size tank. In my experience, pearl gouramis do best in a group. In a 60 you should be able to keep 2 males with 4 females.

If nipping causes damage, then itís something to be concerned about. Otherwise itís just fish being fish.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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I already have other fish

I have two pleco's (bristlenose and common), 9 neons, two pearl gourami, 1 platie, and 1 mollie already so my tank is very full. I'm thinking about getting rid of the common. Earlier you said I should start feeding them. Do they look underfed. The swordtails tend to be aggressive eaters and hog a lot of the food. Maybe they aren't getting enough?

60-gallon:1common Pleco, 1 bristle-nose Pleco,9 neon tetras,2 pearl gouramis, 1 gold twin-bar platie, 2 pineapple swordtails, 1 golden panda molly.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-18-2017, 06:54 AM
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I donít think youíre anywhere near your tanks capacity for holding fish. Yeah you know the common has to go, at some point, but aside from that I wouldnít even consider that stocking full for a 29 gallon tank. Itís GOOD that you arenít trying to stuff the tank, but you really do have a considerable amount of room for more fish.

I said you should feed them as a joke - you asked what to do with them

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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Relieved Laugh. Also thanks I didn't know I had more room for fish.

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When I'm buying pearls from the pet store how can I make sure I'm getting males.

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Youíre going to look for pointy dorsal fins. Females are rounded off, males will come to a point. Donít ever trust the fish store person to give you what you want. Itís up to you as the buyer to know exactly what youíre buying, whether itís a fish, a tv or a car. Google images should be able to give you a good look at the differences in dorsal fins. From there, the question becomes if the fish at the store are large enough to sex. In my experience they usually are.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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