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I recently bought two Gold Gourmies, apparently a variation of the Opaline Gourami. One seems to be constantly harassing the other and the harrasse pretty much just hides in the plants now. I am concerned because his fins are becoming tattered and I am worried about him succumbing to illness. I don’t like additives but I am contemplating a mild antibacterial, specifically Mela-Fix. I know that it won’t solve the problem, but maybe it would buy some time so either they can work out their differences or I can figure out what else to do. They live in a 20 gallon tank with 10 Zebra Danios and lots of plants. I don’t have a hospital tank, and putting him in one of my other tanks would probably be even worse than his current situation. I haven’t added anything yet, looking for some direction.
 

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Maybe a small rubbermaid tub could serve as quarantine or hospital tank. All that would be needed is a heater and small filter seeded with some filter material from one of your other tanks. Many folks don't have room for hospital or quarantine tank and use plastic tubs when needed. You might even consider getting a small sponge filter that you could leave in one of your other tanks on permanent basis and when you needed to use a small tub or other suitable container, you could simply remove the sponge filter from your tank assuming,, that it has been seeded with bacteria which would happen naturally if left to operate in one of your other tanks. You could then immediately,, have a quarantine or hospital tank ready for fish. Hope some of this helps.
 

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More than likely you have 2 male gouramis.......if one is bullying the other already, the chances are your gonna have to seperate them or buy a much bigger tank.....The bigger tank isnt always the solution either....If you can, would you be able to return one to your LFS?........2 male gouramis in a 20 usually doesnt work out.............Like other members stated, try using a rubbermaid container or tote for a hospital tank to return him to a good healthy state......Odds are if you return him to the same tank, its gonna happen again.......This is just my opinion
 

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Well I know it's been said that dividing the surface is a good idea.You could do an island plantscape this way each has his own side.I removed a honey gourami for a few weeks and when i returned him he lost his spot now a couple weeks later hes back in the spot he loves.So don't know if taking them out always works, i removed him to put him in a special chocolate gourami tank. I did what 1077 said i keep a sponge in the corner of my 50g so when i re-start my 10g i have some help.Are both your golds male ? I have a sweet female she watches everything with great intensity, i guess she is the boss.
 

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ure tank's a bit small for 2 trichopteris, since they are very territorial fish. my male gold takes half the tank for himself. if u have 2 males thats asking for problems in such a small tank. check the dorsal fin...males have pointed ones and females have rounded ones. Could be a male and female too....when the male wants to mate and the female doesnt.
 

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I had two males, I ended up taking the agressive one back to the fish store. The other one seems to be doing better. I am going to pick up a female gold in a couple days.
 

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The female didnt work out eather, the male that was in bad shape before now attackes the female I introduced. She got really sick and died in the temporary hospital I setup. I guess three spots are a little more finikey than other gouramis I've had and they dont always work in pairs in a small space. I am just going to keep the male who has made almost a complete recovery.
 

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gouramis fighting

i have 2 gourami one flame and the other powder blue in a 10 gallon tank and for a while they were ok but just recently after i did a partcial water change the blue one is always atacking the red and a big chunk of the tail came off and im watching the blue one chase the red around the aquarium and i dont know what to do
 

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IME, two Gouramis in the same tank is just a disaster. One will be harassed to death. Therefore, I've taken to keeping only one per tank, even in my 50 gallon I has issues with keeping a pair but when I had three no one was harassed too much. Wise decision to keep only one however ;-)

i have 2 gourami one flame and the other powder blue in a 10 gallon tank and for a while they were ok but just recently after i did a partcial water change the blue one is always atacking the red and a big chunk of the tail came off and im watching the blue one chase the red around the aquarium and i dont know what to do
Pick your fav of the two and either move the other one to another tank or return it to your LFS. A 10 gallon is much too small for two Dwarf Gourami such as those anyway so adding a third wouldn't be an option.
 

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i have a blue and a gold (both males) in a 90 gallon and i found that is almost to small for 2 gourami males.......For the most part things are ok, but when i trim my plants hard, the first few days are a little squirrelly.......Some chasing, but nothing ever excessive to the point of stress,IMO...............Once the plants are up to the top again, and line of sight is broken up its generally ok, with both having there half of the tank......I think anything smaller, it could get ugly for one of the gouramis....
 

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gourami

this is my first fish tank and when i went in to buy them the guy said i could keep 7 of them if i wanted in a 10g tank and that sounded like it was a bad idea at the time so im glad i didnt do that. the guy that owns the pet shop is 1 of 2 places in my town that sells fish the other being pet smart:)/) a this guy is incredibly rude and i guess doesnt really know what he's doing so in a way im kind of stuck. the gourami thats being atacked is my favorite but i dont know what to do about the other because i cant return since iv had them for a few months and iv got no other tanks.
 

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7 in a 10 gallon?! Oo;; Oh my, there should be a law agents something like that....
I'd advise you to never go back to him or give him anymore of your money, he obviously has less of a clue then PetSmart or Petco even and thats saying a lot.
Petsmart isn't so bad....but i don't think that they take fish, you never know though.
Anyway, I'd advise you to go to the guy and explain that things aren't working out and ask if he'd just take back the fish.
If that doesn't work, you could always advertise to sell the aggressor on Creigs list in your area.
 

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yeah the guy is an ass too i went in to ask him for advice the other day and i walked up to him and said "hey, i have a fish problem, my two gourami are fighting really badly" and he said "your problem isnt my problem"
 

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Oo; My.....yeah, definitely don't ever go back to him, and don't ask him for advice. IME, Petsmart really isn't all to bad, its Petco you gotta watch out for.
Heres another option for ya.....
If they are the only two in the tank, go out and get a tank divider and divide the tank. From there you can....
1. Set up another tank and wait for it to cycle, then put the aggressor in there(another 10 gallon would be fine)
2. Advertise on Creigs list in your area and wait for responses.

Though, I think maybe just the two in a 10 gallon with a divider might be okay, similar to putting two bettas in a separated 10 ;-)
Anyone else is welcome the chime in though...
 

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is there an easier way than just craigeslist to get rid of it because i actualy used to have 4 in the tank when i bought everything from the guy but one died and i already gave one away on craigeslist and im thinking maybe i could just give both away and start over with a better tank set up
 

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Well if the guy won't take the fish back and you don't want to do Creigs list then you could either offer them to a friend that has an aquarium or put them down.....but I wouldn't advise that at all, especially when there is a chance for them to go to a good home(advertising on Creigs list/friends aquarium)
Goodness, I'd take the little buggers if I could :lol:

You could give both or one away or go with the divider idea, your choice. If you keep one they can be kept with some sort of smaller schooling fish/pygmy corys/a couple male guppies/ect. and do just fine. I currently have a Honey Gourami(dwarf species)in a 10 gallon living with a juvenile male guppy that I raised and they get along famously.
But if you want to start over completely and give both away(or even just for one)I do highly recommend the Creigs list rout.
 

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could i keep a chichlid in a 10g tank alone or with one of the gourami?
 

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Nope, very bad idea.
First off a 10 gallon is too small for almost any Cichlid. IMO and from everything I've read even the smallest shouldn't put them in anything less then a 20 long.
Also IME, Cichlids and Gouramis just don't get along. Did it in my earlier days of fish keeping with very, very bad results.
 

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Quite a few options you have, but it would depend on if you are going to keep one of the Gouramis or not.
If so, you could keep a small school, 5-6, of most tetra species. Without the Gourami you may be able to bump that number up one or two. You could also keep 4 or so Pygmy corys providing you have none sharp gravel/sand substrate.
Glofish are genetically altered Zebra Danios and from my understanding tend to be nippy so I wouldn't keep them with the Gourami as you couldn't bump the school up enough to spread out aggression and they would likely nip at the Gourami. Perhaps around 5 by themselves would be alright in a 10.
You could keep a few male guppies too Three I think would be alright with the Gourami, 5 without.(unless you want fry, then 1 male+3 female guppies but be prepared for a LOT of fry).
Do a little googling, find some small fish species you really like, learn as much about it as you can, then come ask any questions and I along with many others I'm sure would be more then happy to help ;-)

I don't know much about aquarium restoration so not sure how much I can help in that area, sorry.
 
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