Dwarf gourami choking

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Hi. My dwarf gourami seems like it wants to spit out something after nibbling at a floating plant. He swims haltingly. How do I help it. It has currently stopped but I would like to know what it is doing. Thanks.
 
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The one that was choking was also the red one and keeps bullying the blue guy. So I don’t know if it also choking because he swallows the blue guy’s fins? Thanks so much for replying.
 

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Male and female dwarf gourami, yep they will breed. You have enough surface plant for them to build a nest. Just wait and see.
 

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In your other thread, we have commented that the blue gourami is a male of the powder blue variant.
You have 2 males and one will bully the other - in this case the red one is bullying the blue. They need to separated asap or the blue one will become very stressed and could get sick or die from the stress. He is already showing fin damage from where the red one is bitting his fins.
 
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In your other thread, we have commented that the blue gourami is a male of the powder blue variant.
You have 2 males and one will bully the other - in this case the red one is bullying the blue. They need to separated asap or the blue one will become very stressed and could get sick or die from the stress. He is already showing fin damage from where the red one is bitting his fins.
Ok thanks. What if I put it in a breeder cage to wait for its fins to regrow and for it to also grow bigger and around the same size as the other one? Will it work
 

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Keeping two males is not an option unless the tank is huge and very well planted.

Fish show aggression in two ways - attacking another fish physically, biting them etc; and by secreting aggression hormones which we can't see. Even in a breeder cage inside the tank, those chemical signals will still reach the fish inside the cage and stress it.
The only option you have is to rehome one of them and keep whichever one you prefer. The blue one will heal once it is not in the same tank as the red one if you prefer the blue.

If you do rehome one and get a female there could still be problems. Male dwarfs have been known to kill a female when he wanted to mate and she didn't.
 

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