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Urgent help on my dwarf gourami

Discussion in 'Gouramis and Anabantoids' started by Shaun2467, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. Shaun2467

    Shaun2467 New Member

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    i have two dwarf..a red female and a blue male. I got the blue male today and looks like the red female is nipping and making the male restless. Any advise.
    Below pictures of my fishes.

    Please help.

     

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    The body shape of the fish in image 88176 would suggest it is female. However, I need a photograph showing the colour of the fish.

    The fish in image 88177 is a male flame dwarf gourami.

    Make sure you have some floating plants in the tank and the fish should settle down in a few days.
     
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    Thank you, here is the pic with the color, please suggest. I had thought the red was female and blue is male, but I might be wrong.
     

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    blue one looks male as well. You have introduced a red male into the blue male's territory. they are arguing.

    female dwarf gouramis are silver, and the coral blue dwarf colour variety, females are light blue with vertical stripes and short round fins.
     
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    Okie, just a clarification before I exchange the blue male with a female, isn’t the red one is female considering the fin is rounded at the end and it has a big belly?
     
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    The flame red dwarf gourami is a male too. The female flame dwarf gourami is silver grey all over. See following link. If it has any red its a male.
    http://www.premierpet.com.au/GOU201_dash_04/FEMALE-DWARF-GOURAMI/pd.php

    The fat belly could be a tumor, too much food or an internal bacterial infection.

    Unfortunately all the colour forms of the dwarf gourami (Trichogaster lalius) are riddled with diseases and the two most common ones found in these fish are the Iridovivus and Tuberculosis (TB). Neither can be cured and both usually kill the fish within 6-12 months of people buying them. Personally I tell people to avoid dwarf gouramis and all their colour varieties because of these diseases.

    There's a bit more info on them at the following link.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarf_gourami
     
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    Thanks, I got two females today, attached photos :)
    I have two males and two females, have added few floatin plants. Hope the journey will sail smooth.
    Any suggestion?
     

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