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Discussion in 'Gouramis and Anabantoids' started by Ludwig Venter, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Timmy_Bee

    Timmy_Bee Member

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    Location:
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    My Name: Tim Ball
    My Gouramie: two Dwarfs
    Tankmates of My Gouramie: Tiger, green tiger, rosy, & cherry barbs. Also two plecos
    Harmony in tank: So far so good. The Gourami's are new to the tank, but the barbs do not have an issue are are not being mean!
    I Feed: Tropical flake food, and the odd frozen foods like blood word etc
    My water temp: ~26 C
    My Water pH: Unknown
    I have bred My Fish: No
    Number of eggs: Not Applicable
    Diseases/Ilnesses experienced: None to date
    How I treated the disease/Illness: Not Applicable
    Current age of Gouramie: less than 1 month!
    Other points of interest I have observed: nothing out of the ordinary at the moment, but its early days!
     
  2. Ludwig Venter

    Ludwig Venter Retired Moderator
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    Location:
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    My Name: Ludwig Venter
    My Gouramie: Giant Gouramie
    Tankmates of My Gouramie: Oscars, Plecostumus, Convicts, Rosy Barbs, Raphaelis, and Pangasius.
    Harmony in tank: Chaotic…. He picked one of the Albino Oscars and is harassing him to the extent that the Oscar has no scales left on one side of the body. I have now removed to Giant Gouramie to a tank of its own
    I Feed: Mostly cichlid pellets with occasional Frozen Bloodworms, Peas and cucumber.
    My water temp: 24 to 26 Deg C.
    My Water pH: 7.2
    I have bred My Fish: No
    Number of eggs: Not Applicable
    Diseases/Ilnesses experienced: None to date
    How I treated the disease/Illness: Not Applicable
    Current age of Gouramie: 2 years.
    Other points of interest I have observed: I think that the fish would probably have been less aggressive if I had more than one in that tank….
    Position in tank: Mostly tend to occupy the top 3/4's of the tank....

    Pics of my Gouramie:

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  3. TiffanyJayne

    TiffanyJayne Member

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    Location:
    Nottingham
    My Name: TJ
    My Gouramie: Opaline
    Tankmates: black widow tetra, red eye tetra, green corys, pim pictus
    Harmony in tank: the two females occasionally bully the male but nothing thats caused any damage
    I Feed: flake,blood worm,tubifex
    My water temp: 27 Degrees
    My Water pH: 7.0
    I have bred My Fish: No
    Number of eggs: N/A
    Diseases/Ilnesses experienced: Nothing
    How I treated the disease/Illness: N/A
    Current age of Gouramie: 12 months
    Other points: I prefer to keep 2 fems to 1 male as the males are normally a little boystrious but with these it's the other way round =D
    Position in tank: Middle to top, it's rare i see them at the bottom
    Pics of my Gouramie: I still havent learnt how to upload to bare with me!
     
  4. TiffanyJayne

    TiffanyJayne Member

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    Location:
    Nottingham
    My Name: TJ
    My Gouramie: 2 x Pearl
    Tankmates: 6 Female bettas, 1 male betta, 1 humbug cat, 3 peppered corys
    Harmony in tank: They nudge each other like kids but i've never seen any anger
    I Feed: flake,blood worm,tubifex
    My water temp: 26 Degrees
    My Water pH: 7.1
    I have bred My Fish: No
    Number of eggs: N/A
    Diseases/Ilnesses experienced: Nothing
    How I treated the disease/Illness: N/A
    Current age of Gouramie: 12 months
    Other points: I did have 3 sadly one died on the day of a tank move, i think it was simply stress, they seem a timid type of gouramie and have very shy days.
    Position in tank: middle to bottom, unlike most i hardly see them near the top
    Pics of my Gouramie: I still havent learnt how to upload to bare with me!
     
  5. TiffanyJayne

    TiffanyJayne Member

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    Location:
    Nottingham
    My Name: TJ
    My Gouramie: Honey
    Tankmates: pearl and opaline gourmies
    Harmony in tank: I found the opaline very nippy towards two of the honeys and eventually moved them to there own tank
    I Feed: n/a
    My water temp: 27 Degrees
    My Water pH: 7.4
    I have bred My Fish: No
    Number of eggs: N/A
    Diseases/Ilnesses experienced: Sadly all 3 honeys died one unexplained, one due to fin rot that got so bad over night i couldn't save him the third i took to a LFS he put some ulcer cream on and it died that night.
    How I treated the disease/Illness: I used interpet fit rot and fungus but found it just slowed the fitrot down
    Current age of Gouramie: no older than 7 months
    Other points: I found they would get quite tired and rest almost on there sides during the day which i hear is quite normal
    Position in tank: bottom to middle
    Pics of my Gouramie: I still havent learnt how to upload to bare with me!
     
  6. AstonN24vantage

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    My Name: AstonN24Vantage
    My Gourami: Dwarf
    Tankmates: 2 angels, cory cat and a few tetras
    Harmony in tank: she's very quiet and shy... likes to hide. she looks like a gourami and eats like a gourami but i'm not completely convinced that she is one. not even a bit outgoing
    I feed: flakes, tubifex, brine shrimp
    My water temp: about 75º
    pH: 7.3
    I have bred my fish: No
    number of eggs: N/A
    Diseases/Illnesses: Nothing to report either than she is very shy
    How i treated Illnesses: N/A
    Current age of gourami: atleast a year
    Other Points: Very shy
    Position in tank: bottom, sometimes comes to middle
    Pic of gourami: none yet, but i'll get some.

    RIP 9/15/10.
     
  7. stoneagedinosaur

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    Location:
    NE Dorset
    My Name: Martin Pressling
    My Gouramie: Pearl Gouramis (1 male, 2 female)
    Tankmates of My Gouramie: Harlequin rasbora, neons, BN plecos, Cory Sterbai, Pepper Cory, Cherry and Amano shrimps
    Harmony in tank: No problems with any other fish. The male BN sometimes chases off anyone that gets near his foo (incl the big male gourami). Male can sometimes chase females
    I Feed: Mostly ordinary tetramin flakes with occasional Frozen Bloodworms, Peas and cucumber.
    My water temp: 26-27 Deg C.
    My Water pH: 8
    I have bred My Fish: No
    Number of eggs: Not Applicable
    Diseases/Ilnesses experienced: None to date
    How I treated the disease/Illness: Not Applicable
    Current age of Gouramie: 6 months with me. Male is quite old as he was a big boy when I got him
    Other points of interest I have observed: They sure can flick water a long way at feeding time!
    Position in tank: They love hanging around the back of the water inlet. One female loves being in the dense foliage and the male just poses in tank - top to mid centre
    Pics of my Gouramie: coming soon but some to browse in my signature
     
  8. Carlovel1

    Carlovel1 & Oddballs

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    My Name: Carl
    My Gourami: 5 Chocolate Gouramis
    Tankmates of My Gourami:Rummynose Rasbora, Dwarf Badis, Pygmy Cory, mystery Oto, Clown Killifish and some L333 pleco babies
    Harmony in tank: Peacefull... Extermely peaceful and shy
    I Feed: Live Bloodworm
    My water temp: 25 to 28 Deg C.
    Diseases/Ilnesses experienced: None to date
    Current age of Gourami: Around 6 months I think
    Other points of interest I have observed: The Chocolates like to touch the hot part of the heater with their mouths

    Here are 2 of the 5 Chocolate Gouramis
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  9. Flute

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    Location:
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    My Name: Rachelle
    My Gouramie: 1 Pearl Gourami
    Tankmates of My Gouramie: 9 Female betta and 2 Laetacara araguaiae
    Harmony in tank: Peaceful to other members of the tank. Originally had 2 (sexed as females in the LFS) which I had to separate as one was being bullied badly. The other is in my dads 180 ltr and ignores all other tank mates which include (neon tetra, ember tetra, glowlight tetra, lampeye Killies, corys, otos and a pair of Apistogrammoides pucallpaensis).
    I Feed: Aquarian Tropical Flake food, frozen blood worm, mosquito larvae, daphnia, etc. Cucumber, peas and other veg.
    My water temp: 25 C
    My Water pH: 6.4
    I have bred My Fish: No
    Number of eggs: Not Applicable
    Diseases/Illnesses experienced: One was infected with fish lice when I bought them (couldn't see it at the LFS) which I had to physically remove as it was non responsive to treatment. No long lasting effects for the fish.
    How I treated the disease/Illness: Parasite control, reverted to physically removing lice.
    Current age of Gouramie: Unknown, I've had them for about 3 months.
    Other points of interest I have observed: Inspects her tankmates and also new things in the tank, i.e. my hand when maintaining the tank, with her "feelers".
    Position in tank: Mainly at the top, but I've seen her in all areas of the tank.
    Pics of my Gourami: N/A
     
  10. Harlequins

    Harlequins ***Corydora Crazy***

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    Location:
    Bristol UK
    My Name: Harlequins.

    My Gouramie: 2 x powder blue dwarfs M & F

    Tankmates of My Gouramie: none

    Harmony in tank: Totally peaceful,no aggression at the moment.

    I Feed: Mostly Tetra prima mini granules,flakes,defrosted bbs & bloodworm.algae wafers.

    My water temp: 26 Deg C.

    My Water pH: 7.8-8

    I have bred My Fish: not yet

    Number of eggs: N/A

    Diseases/Ilnesses experienced: None

    How I treated the disease/Illness: Not Applicable

    Current age of Gouramie: Unsure,just got them.

    Other points: The dwarfs seem quite active,especially the male,he's very curious whats going on,and likes to stare out the side of the tank at my cockatiels :lol:

    Position in tank: My dwarfs hang out mid to bottom of the tank.

    Pics of my Gouramie:-will try to get a better pic soon.
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  11. tubaboy

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    My Name: Dean

    My Gourami: 2 dwarfs, both male, one powder blue and the other orange and blue

    Tankmates of my Gourami: 4 zebras, 2 neon red dwarfs and 6 neon tetras

    Harmony in tank: Mostly peaceful, although the blue dwarf seems to be turning into a bit of a bully

    I Feed: 'Pets at Home' Love fish trpoical flakes, and we have tried some cucumber which they loved

    Water Temp: Was at 24.5c but currently at 25.5c due to fish illness

    Water P.H.: ~7.6

    I have bred my fish: No

    Illnesses to date: Fin rot in powder blue dwarf

    Treatment of illness: Undergoing. Just normal add to tank treatment.

    Current age: Unsure

    Other points: Since the powder blue dwarf became ill, the other blue dwarf is bullying every gourami in the tank

    Position in tank: anywhere
     
  12. a1matt

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    My Name: Matt
    My Gouramie: Chocolate Gouramie
    Tankmates of My Gouramie: Mircorasboras (Boraras Brigittae), pygmy corys (Corydoras Pygmaeus), otos (Otocinclus sp.), Scarlet Badis (Dario Dario). Blue Pearl shrimp (Neocaridina Zhangjiensis sp. 'blue pearl')
    Harmony in tank: Peaceful. All tank mates carefully chosen so that chocs felt unthreatened. Blue pearls were regularly, they still thrived though as they breed so prolifically. They are definitely happier when in a group, and also when they have peaceful tankmates. I had an endler in with them for a while and they were quite skittish and hid a lot during this time.
    I Feed: Staple food was a mix of frozen fare (bloodworm, daphnia, brine shrimp, baby brine shrimp, cyclops)
    and an army of dwarf shrimp (~200) for them to snack on, so they had a continuous supply of live food.
    Live daphnia occasionally.
    My water temp: 26 Deg C. They do not tolerate lower temperatures. I lost all the fish when my central heating was turned off during a winter holiday and the temp in the tank dropped to about 15deg where the heater couldn't keep up.
    My Water pH: 6ish (I think ph is fairly meaningless, more important is a stable TDS. Mine was about 100ppm)
    I have bred My Fish: Spawned and held brood in mouth, lost fry though.
    Number of eggs: unknown
    Diseases/Illnesses experienced: Bought in 2 batches. First batch all healthy no signs of illness. Second batch all died within 2 months of purchase from what appeared to be a bacterial infection.
    How I treated the disease/Illness: Used Esha, moved to QT tank, but with no luck.
    Current age of Gouramie: no longer have them.
    Position in tank: All of tank.
    Other points of interest I have observed:
    plants:
    A lot of sites tell you to have lots of floating plants for cover. A choc gourami's definition of cover is that when you look straight down onto the tank from above they can not be seen. So, while floating plants were good, any large leaved plants (eg amazon swords and anubias) were also perfect for them to 'hide' under. While hiding they can be seen clearly from the front viewing pane of the tank

    water chemistry:
    The tank was run on 100% RO. TDS going in was about 10ppm. I used to water change enough to keep the Tank around 100ppm tds. They will tolerate higher TDS (eg London tap water of ~350ppm TDS) without any issue if acclimatised slowly (ideally upon importing and slowly over a number of days\weeks by your LFS).

    I spent a long time tinkering with peat, indian almond leaves and alder cones in varying combinations. After several months I slowly stopped adding these as I do not think they made any real difference.

    I got fed up with the hard work in balancing the tank between blackwater and planted tank so started to phase in some (350ppm) tap water at each water change and some extra ferts. It was a few weeks into this that they spawned. I do not think it was the increased TDS that caused the spawning, but the increased water quality that was a result of the increased plant health.

    Coloration:
    They are beautiful to look at, when healthy the chocolate is very dark, and the bands go a very bright gold colour. Mine took about 3 months to colour up completely. When stressed the colours go blotchy. When ready to breed the gold and chocolate was complemented with red tinges on the body and fins.

    Behaviour:
    They continously circled each other. Sometimes quite subtly (slight body twists while a couple of feet away form each other). This never ceased to captivate me, it was as if life was one long dance class! There was a definite pecking order and I got a sense they were all working as one unit on a number of occasions. For example, when one had fry in her mouth all the others were like a swat team circling round her protecting her at all times.

    As well as change in colour they exhibit different behaviour when stressed. They will lie on their side and flutter like a leaf. If you have leaf litter in the tank (beech is my leaf litter of choice as it does not affect the water parameters and takes 2-3 months before it starts to decompose significantly) it is very hard to spot the fish.

    Stock:
    It is very important that the LFS takes good care of these fish prior to your purchase.
    If your LFS chucks them straight into tap water upon import then I do not like your chances of keeping them alive more than a few months after purchase.

    Pics of my Gouramie:

    http://www.a1matt.co.uk/phpAlbum/main.php?cmd=image&var1=forums%2F160l%2FFish+860.jpg&var2=700_85

    http://www.a1matt.co.uk/phpAlbum/main.php?cmd=image&var1=forums%2F160l%2FFish+769.jpg&var2=700_85

    hiding in clear view:
    http://www.a1matt.co.uk/phpAlbum/main.php?cmd=image&var1=forums%2F160l%2FFish+1151.jpg&var2=700_85

    starting too get stressed (flaring fins, slightly faded colours):
    http://www.a1matt.co.uk/phpAlbum/main.php?cmd=imageview&var1=forums%2F160l%2FFish+1150.jpg

    with bacterial infection (see blotchiness), dead shortly after:
    http://www.a1matt.co.uk/phpAlbum/main.php?cmd=image&var1=forums%2F160l%2FFish+1144.jpg&var2=700_85

    too many alder cones in the filter...
    http://www.a1matt.co.uk/phpAlbum/main.php?cmd=image&var1=forums%2F160l%2FFish+883.jpg&var2=700_85
     
  13. Chanin

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    Location:
    Bangkok, THAILAND
    My Name: Chanin Thorut

    My Gouramis: 80 Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis pumila),50 up Croaking Gourami (Trichopsis vittata) from many locallities of my country, 8 Threestripe Gourami(Trichopsis schalleri), 14 Samurai Gourami (Sphaerichthys vaillanti), 11 Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides), 3 Parosphromenus paludicola, 4 Spike tail Gourami(Pseudosphromenus dayi), 5 Cupang Gourami (Pseudosphromenus cupanus) 1 Paradise Gourami (Macropodus opercularis opercularis)

    Tankmates of My Gouramie: Betta pi, Betta prima, small cleanner shrimp.

    Harmony in tank:
    Most of them are quite peaceful... only some alfra male Croaking Gourami that chas other male, also some female Samurai Gourami is quite agressive to each other.

    I Feed: Mostly ordinary Frozen Bloodworms and a few tetra bit.

    My water temp:
    27-29 Deg C.

    My Water pH:
    6 for peat swamp dwellers and 7 to 7.5 for other.

    I have bred My Fish: Not yet

    Number of eggs:
    Not Applicable

    Diseases/Ilnesses experienced:
    None to date

    How I treated the disease/Illness: Not Applicable

    Current age of Gouramie:
    few months.

    Other points of interest I have observed:
    Unusually, the female 'Samurai Gourami' is much more colourful than male, yet they seem to be the alfra of the group, instead of male as in most of Labyrinths, they fight each other to collect the males for her harem boy!

    Position in tank: The most shy is Paroshromenus paludicola, also Sparkling Gourami, they prefer to hide in aquatic plants. Why other are quite docile, especially Croaking Gourami that always at front to ask for food.

    Pics of my Gouramie:

    Croaking Gourami from Northern Thailand.
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    Croaking Gourami from North eastern Thailand.
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    Croaking Gourami from Eastern Thailand.
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    Croaking Gourami from Central Thailand.
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    Croaking Gourami from Ranong, Southern Thailand.
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    Croaking Gourami from Song Khla, Southern Thailand.
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    Sparkling Gourami
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    Threestripe Gourami
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    Samurai Gourami
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    Chocolate Gourami
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    Parosphromenus paludicola
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    Spike tail Gourami
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    Cupang Gourami
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    Paradise Gourami
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  14. Majjie

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    Location:
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    My Name: Majjie
    My Gourami: Trichogaster leeri: Lace Gourami (I think that's a much more descriptive and accurate name than Pearl) - two now but up to five in the past (in a 300 litre tank)
    Tankmates of My Gourami: honey gourami, various tetras, rasboras, danios, corys, chain loaches - has varied over the years
    Harmony in tank: No problem with other species; males tend to chase off the honey gouramis (but without any problem); absolute nightmare when it comes to getting on with each other - especially males. Part of the problem is that lfs tend to stock them so young that they're impossible to sex, so you can end up with more than one male by accident
    I Feed: Variety of flakes and granular food, live daphnia and bloodworm - they're not fussy eaters, unless they're ill
    My water temp: 24 to 26 Deg C.
    My Water pH: approx. 7.0 - kept that way by filtering some of the top up water through peat (tap water is pH 7.5 - 8.0). That's for some of the other fish, though - the gouramis would be fine in the tap water pH.
    I have bred My Fish: No
    Number of eggs: Not Applicable
    Diseases/Ilnesses experienced: Prone to excess slime when stressed and can also get white lumps - bacterial infection I think
    How I treated the disease/Illness: Interpet's Anti Slime and Velvet No.7 (if the slime gets very bad - but better to relieve the stress); the bacterial disease will cure itself if the fish are healthy
    Current age of Gourami: female 5 years, male <1 year (in my tank)
    Other points of interest I have observed:Stressed Lace Gouramis rock backwards and forwards on the spot - a sign that something needs to be done, otherwise they will produce excess slime and go downhill fast. It's often said that Lace Gouramis are peaceful - but the males are far from it, to each other, especially if introduced to the tank at different times ... and the females will fight amongst themselves if there is no male present. They're not brave fish and are easily spooked - but are aggressive to each other. I fondly imagined that my older female would be boss over a young male - but after a few months he's started to boss her about all the time. I will add another female - when I can find a fish large enough to be sure she is female!
    Position in tank: Mostly at the top but will swim around picking at plants and looking for food - and will feed at the bottom, if that's where the food is
    Pics of my Gourami:

    The young male looking beautiful:
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    Both of them in a rare moment when he's not chasing her:
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  15. nikkifro8994

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    My Name:[font="Verdana] Nikki Froelich[/font][/color]
    [b]My Gouramie:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] 1 Dwarf named tiger. I don't know if it's a male or female.[/font][/color]
    [b]Tankmates of My Gouramie:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] 6 neon tetras, 1 otto[/font][/color]
    [b]Harmony in tank:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] peaceful[/font][/color]
    [b]I Feed:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] omega one super color tropical flakes every day, freeze dried bloodworms 3 times a week[/font][/color]
    [b]My water temp:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] 74-78 depending on seasons[/font][/color]
    [b]My Water pH:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] 7.2[/font][/color]
    [b]I have bred My Fish:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] No[/font][/color]
    [b]Number of eggs:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] Not Applicable[/font][/color]
    [b]Diseases/Ilnesses experienced:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] None to date[/font][/color]
    [b]How I treated the disease/Illness:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] Not Applicable[/font][/color]
    [b]Current age of Gouramie:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] I bought him 2 months ago[/font][/color]
    [b]Other points of interest I have observed: [/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana]He likes the bubbles but not where the filter flows. Every time I walk into the room he hides in the log or in the bamboo. He also does this if I walk up to the tank too fast. I have to walk up very slowly or else he gets scared and hides.[/font][/color]
    [b]Position in tank:[/b][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] He normally swims in the middle of the tank, but he seeps in the log on the bottom. He also likes to hide in the bamboo[/font]

    Pics of my Gouramie:
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    Tiger
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    Reflection
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    His tank before I moved the rasboras. The bubbles are turned off in this picture. They normally form a wall on the back.
     

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