A few years ago we had a member who had to keep her female three spot gourami alone because the gourami killed every other fish in the same tank.That's an opaline gourami, or "three spot" gourami...be very careful...as they age, they can become quite nasty and aggressive
They are less aggressive in a school but a single female - I have a single female moonlight who has been wonderful since about 2016 and still is so... except she trims the anubias leaves.Went to my nicer fish store and after spending an awkward amount of time scrutinizing the blue gourami, I snagged the only one that I think is female
It’s just basically a good hiding place for smaller fish/shrimp. I’m getting it to put in this tank and my female guppy tanks to help higher numbers of fry survive and to help provide some more cover for my bottom dwellers. Plus it’s really pretty and it doesn’t die lol. None of my in person LFS were selling any so you might be able to start a businessAnd I'm going to ask a really stupid question - what is the java moss good for? I had so much grow in my shrimp tank and my 29 that I threw about 2 cup size clumps out.
Sighhh...not long, unfortunately, IMEHow long does it take in the tank for them to start getting aggressive/claiming territory? Any signs I should watch out for? The other inhabitants of the tank are two female pearl gourami, one albino baby bristlenose, and a small group (5 maybe) of guppies who will be moved out soon. It’s 55g and it’s got quite a bit of tall plants/wood for hiding places and I should be getting half a pound of java moss in the mail today/tomorrow. The pearls are quite social and like to wiggle their feelers on the glass whenever I watch and like to feel my hands when I’m messing around in the tank. So I was pleasantly surprised with them. They typically stay in the lower half of the tank while the guppies like the top half. My usual feeding practice is once in the evening and I scatter the food under the surface of the water across the entire tank so it creates a large cloud of food rather than a direct drop. Have had much less loss in my guppies (them crashing into each other at meal times lead to a few deaths) and it gives my bottom dwellers a chance for food.
Awhile ago I had to put a female betta in my female guppy/Cory cat tank because the betta tank cracked. It was fine for a couple months before she bit out one of the cories eyes. Watched it happen so o was able to take her out immediately. The Cory healed and lived for a couple more months before you could see his brain had started swelling. The signs then we’re she was starting to steal food from the cories….
Size: 55 Gallons; 48 in L x 13 in W x 20 in HHave you already got pearl gouramis in the tank?
If yes, how big is the tank (length x width x height) and how many floating plants do you have?
What other fish are in the tank?
Post a picture of the tank
Normally you only keep one species of labyrinth fish (Bettas and gouramis) per tank because they are all territorial to some degree, with blue gouramis being one of the more aggressive species Blue gouramis also come in gold, 3 spot and platinum forms (same fish, different colour).
Watch the hole in the dorsal (top) fin. It appears black around the inner edge of the hole, and the anal fin is black along the edge. The dorsal fin hole could be from a bacterial infection and the black edge to the anal fin could be from poor water quality.
Keep an eye on the fish and if the black spreads or the hole in the dorsal fin gets bigger, post pictures immediately.
Honestly same. I bought the guppies at the same time so they are QTing together but the moment that’s up the guppies are going into my guppy tanks. My usual QT tank is filled with an unexpected guppy fry drop…. And if the blue ends up being aggressive then I’ll prioritize the pearls and return the blue.Blue Gourami's and guppies may not be the best mix. Pearl Gourami's are not nearly as robust as Blues. I will be interested in how you get on with this combination.
Edit: can different types of gourami even reproduce with one another??? Or is it like Cory catfish where they’re all actually different and can’t interbreed?