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Old 11-13-2013, 03:10 AM   #1
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Opaline Gourami and Angelfish not getting along

We were given a 55 gallon tank from a friend who upgrade to a larger tank. We got it all setup and started to cycle it with 2 goldfish. A few days after we added 2 Bala sharks, 2 Angelfish, and 2 Gourami (1 gold and 1 opaline). The next day one of the Angelfish didn't make it. Took it back to the LFS where I got them along with a sample of the water to test. Water tested fine and he said possibly the other Angelfish attacked it. It's been about a week since and we haven't yet added any other fish. During the last few days the remaining Angelfish has been keeping to himself and not really swimming around the tank like the other fish. Usually it just hangs out in one of a few spots. I noticed tonight that the opaline colored Gourami is the one that is nipping at the Angelfish. This Gourami also chases around the gold Gourami, but that seems to be more of a playful manner. Any ideas on what I can do?
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:32 AM   #2
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We were given a 55 gallon tank from a friend who upgrade to a larger tank. We got it all setup and started to cycle it with 2 goldfish. A few days after we added 2 Bala sharks, 2 Angelfish, and 2 Gourami (1 gold and 1 opaline). The next day one of the Angelfish didn't make it. Took it back to the LFS where I got them along with a sample of the water to test. Water tested fine and he said possibly the other Angelfish attacked it. It's been about a week since and we haven't yet added any other fish. During the last few days the remaining Angelfish has been keeping to himself and not really swimming around the tank like the other fish. Usually it just hangs out in one of a few spots. I noticed tonight that the opaline colored Gourami is the one that is nipping at the Angelfish. This Gourami also chases around the gold Gourami, but that seems to be more of a playful manner. Any ideas on what I can do?
I dont think gouramis and angels is a great idea unless you get a peaceful gourami like a dwarf or a pearl.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:32 AM   #3
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You may want to add more gourami so that the nipping will be among the gourami. If that doesn't help then get rid of the angel, or take the gourami all back and get more angels.
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I have 4 gourami's and two angels in my 59g. I think the aggression needs to be spread between the gourami's, get another female or two.
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:46 AM   #5
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Well first off definitely get rid of the balsa they get 12-14 inches and need a bare minimum of a 125 gallon better with a.180 gallon.

Also Gouramis and angels do not do well together I would either keep 2 angels or just 1 Gourami since they will start to kill each other soon. Do you still have the goldfish in there to?
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:00 PM   #6
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I had originally stocked my 75 with 1 angel and 5 gourami (all three spot color variants) and that worked well. 1 male and 4 females. None of them came near the angel, just squabbled amongst themselves. So perhaps adding more will help. And yes I agree the balas must go back. Sorry, but they get huge and do best in groups. Hard to house them properly.
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Angelfish and opaline gourami are a bad mix, and I can tell you that from experience. The gourami did nothing but harass the angels and destroy their fins. Got tired of seeing the bullying so I had to get rid of the gourami. The one angel that Got harassed bad is still in the process of healing a month - 2 months after the removal.
Not trying to sound as if I'm hating on the opaline gourami, but my tank has been thriving ever since, everything is more lively, and there has been no compatibility issues between any fish.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:26 PM   #8
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Well first off definitely get rid of the balsa they get 12-14 inches and need a bare minimum of a 125 gallon better with a.180 gallon.

Also Gouramis and angels do not do well together I would either keep 2 angels or just 1 Gourami since they will start to kill each other soon. Do you still have the goldfish in there to?
Yes the goldfish are still in there
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Angelfish and opaline gourami are a bad mix, and I can tell you that from experience. The gourami did nothing but harass the angels and destroy their fins. Got tired of seeing the bullying so I had to get rid of the gourami. The one angel that Got harassed bad is still in the process of healing a month - 2 months after the removal.
Not trying to sound as if I'm hating on the opaline gourami, but my tank has been thriving ever since, everything is more lively, and there has been no compatibility issues between any fish.
So is this something specific with the opaline?
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Definitely remove the goldfish as well as the balas. Like I said balas don't belong in a 55 gallon. The Goldfish don't mix well with tropical a they put out loads of ammonia and need cold water.
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