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Old 10-15-2005, 07:44 PM   #1
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Shy gourami - Will buying another gourami solve the problem?

I have 1 dwarf flame gourami in a 20 gallon with cories and danios.

The problem is that my gourami spends most of the time hiding behind plants.
And he doesn't seem to eat (to be honest i don't think I have seen him eat)

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Will buying another gourami help my gourami feel less stressed and encourage him to come out more (and eat !! )

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do I have to buy the 'same species' of gourami.
Can I get another species instead of dwarf
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Another gourami will probably stress him more. Chances are it would be another male and if he is shy and not quite healthy now, another probably would make it worse.
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How long ago did you get him? Is he stressed because he was a new addition to the tank? That could be a reason he's not eating or he might be sick. Usually danios are "dither" fish and will coax shy fish into coming out and being more active. I guess you could get another gourami if your bio-load can handle it. If you have a moderatly planted tank you could go with another male. Male gouramis in small spaces equals aggression. Personally, I'd try to get a female, instead of a male, to go with him, but most LFS's don't stock them because they are less colorful then the males. Then again this is for dwarf gouramis but I think it applies to flame gouramis as well.
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Old 10-15-2005, 08:32 PM   #4
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question:

do u think the danios and cories are stressing him out (because they zippy and fast fish) ??
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He is a new addition - probably 1-2 weeks old
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I would just give him some time. He will come around.
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Old 10-15-2005, 08:54 PM   #7
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I have a gold gourami who became shy a few months ago after the blue gourami died. He hides behind the plants, but he does come out to eat. When the blue gourami was around, it would be always chasing the gold gourami. When the blue g. went to fishy sky, I thought the gold g. would be happier. Instead he became shy. Go figure!

He also tends to get spoked quite easily, I understand that it's a common trait in gouramis.
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Bubble boy, i thought your tank only had whiteclouds?
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Bubble boy, i thought your tank only had whiteclouds?
i have 6 tanks !!!!


and i'm trying to stock each one differently !!
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LOL.. ok, i get confused when you post, why don't you update your profile and under the "about your tanks" put what size your tanks are?
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