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Flame Dwarf Gourami Chasing Blue Neon Dwarf Gourami

Discussion in 'Tropical Discussion' started by Madness13, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Madness13

    Madness13 Mostly New Member

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    So about a week ago, I bought a Flame Dwarf Gourami (female) and a Blue Neon Dwarf Gourami (male). The female flame keeps chasing the poor male. It's not terrible aggression, but she spots him, makes a run for him and that's that. There's no damage and I have seen them swimming next to each other without fighting (until she randomly turns around and tells him off).
     
    I haven't had very good experiences with any sort of Gourami so far... should I take both back, or just leave one in?
     
  2. eaglesaquarium

    eaglesaquarium Life, Liberty & Pursuit of the perfect fish tank
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    Are you sure its a female?
     
    Dwarf gourami's are highly territorial against similar species - especially other dwarf gouramis. 
     
    How much cover and hiding places do you have? 
     
     
    If it were me, I'd keep the one that I like the best, and return the other. 
     
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    Madness13 Mostly New Member

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    She's definitely a female (she has a rounded dorsel fin and the male has a pointed dorsel fin).
     
    Here's a pic of my setup (Fluval Roma 125). I actually added another 2 plants yesterday, so it's pretty heavily plants at the moment.
     
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    i find the flame to be more aggressive then the blue. i would recommend returning the flame.
    it'll stress the blue, it'll most likely stop eating and die.
     
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    It's strange because neither of them hide. The blue gourami has now started fighting back. It's not vicious fighting but they almost circle each other, randomly nip and then chase a little. They were eating the same algae wafer earlier.
     

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