Pet of the Month!
- Jun 2, 2019
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- Topeka, KS
I've had this fish for over a year and got her/him when he was about 3 1/2" long. The local store owner (with 40 years experience ripping people off) told me it was a Gourami (that's what I went in there looking for) - and I saw the spot and assumed he was right. Well it's a year later and this fish is close to 10" long and her growth is not stopping. She's in a 29 gallon tank with some large gourami - they get one half the tank, she gets the other LOL. They do seem to enjoy tormenting her sometimes so while they are wary, they aren't terrified. Nobody has gotten injured - just dominance games. The Gourami are also "semi-aggressive". I'm trying to give her away (she's way too big for this tank) but don't know what to call her (I call her "Hot Lips") - she's just kind of boring looking with brown and tan. I'm in a position where I euthanize her (not an option, she's too funny), give her away (unsuccessful so far) buy a 55 gallon tank and promise myself to sell the current tank so I don't get more fish - I already have more tanks than I can handle since I'm disabled. One pair of the gourami gave birth 6 weeks ago - 3 fry survived and they are already the size of a standard looking Tetra. The tank has 5 gourami and this would add 3 more - absolutely no room in the 29 gallon tank. They are already showing aggression and dominance so I can't put them in another tank. I was shocked with the birth because I always thought you needed near perfect tank conditions for breeding and this overcrowding is hardly optimal yet the gourami bred anyway. I'm thinking the cichlid has got to be quite lonely and would appreciate a similar species "friend" - IF I decide to go with the 55 gallon route (I'm still searching my house to see where I could put a tank this big - the basement has some steel reinforcement beams but there are definite week flooring/leveling issues and I don't want the tank going though the floor. there are electrical limitations and space limitations. I really wish somebody would take the whole lot of them off my hands - you can't really appreciate their beauty in this small of tank and I feel it is cruel to have them live this way.
Anyway - if anybody knows what species this is or where I can go to look I would appreciate it. Might help her find a new home. This picture was taken at about age 6 months - she's nearly double this size now but too shy to let me get a shot of her. Same looking fish - just much, much longer.