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Old 10-16-2005, 11:50 PM   #1
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Mixing Gourami species

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do gouramis only fight with their own species ??
or do they fight with any gourami (regardless of species).

eg. do pearl gouramis fight with kissing gouramis
do dwarf gouramis fight with moonlight
etc...


Also, is it better to get 3 of the same species of gourami ??
or is it better to get 3 different species ??
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:04 AM   #2
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also is my gourami male or female




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Old 10-17-2005, 10:39 AM   #3
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that is a male gourami, you'll know if you have a female because they lack the coloration of males, females are mostly silver? senior members correct me if i'm wrong.. as for your other question, im not too sure. i was wondering the same myself.. :P
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Old 10-17-2005, 11:29 AM   #4
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Yes, you have a guy. The females are usually duller in color (more brown or silver) than the males. Also the dorsal fin on the male is more pointed, while the female's is more rounded.

I have had different types of dwarf gouramis together in the same tank (e.g., flame and powder blue), and they always sparred and showed some aggression and territorial behavior. Now I have a single dwarf flame gourami and a gold (not dwarf) gourami in the same tank, and I don't see much interaction between them at all. I don't know if that is typical.
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I have had different types of dwarf gouramis together in the same tank (e.g., flame and powder blue), and they always sparred and showed some aggression and territorial behavior. Now I have a single dwarf flame gourami and a gold (not dwarf) gourami in the same tank, and I don't see much interaction between them at all. I don't know if that is typical.
Yes...there will be far less agression between the non-conspecifics...those dwarf gouramis (flame, powder/cobalt blue, neon blue, dwarf) are all different colour variations of the same species, Colisa lalia.
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Yes...there will be far less agression between the non-conspecifics..
thanks for that info
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I had a couple dwarf gouramis and a pear in the same tank once. They pretty much murdered each other
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It really comes down to your male/female ratios. Male gouramis just don't get along (same species anyways). You got to have some females in the mix, 2:1 at least.
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A lot of it depends on the personality of each fish too. Sometimes you just never know, that's why it helps to have a "Plan B" like another tank to move one to or a LFS that will take it back.
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My gold and opaline males chase my banded gouramis more often than each other. I think it depends on the fish themselves, how many fish there are, the species, and male/female ratio.
If you want to get multiple gouramis, try getting only 1 male and the rest females. Also, have lots of hiding spots and plants (fake and/or real). It might work out but it might not, just depends.
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