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Old 05-12-2005, 10:38 AM   #1
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The first gourami! (and more! pics!)

So I stopped @ the LFS omw home last night, with the intention of getting 4 otos to begin stocking, and end up leaving with an opaline gourami! He's tiny yet - about 1" - but looked healthy and @ 2.99 I just couldn't wait.



He's kind of claimed the castle as his own; he was fairly skittish last night, stayin in the plants to the right, but this morning he was out and about.



Here's a pic of his colors; it's a little blurry, but he wasn't cooperating at all. :|



Best pic I could manage of the stealthy oto cats - they're chowin on the diatoms, though! I was surprised @ how contrasted the stripe down the side of 'em was - they're a lot more interesting that I was expecting.



The cories still haven't quite accepted the rummies. . . they're watching.


With the addition of the slate, gourami, and otos, the rummies have lost a little color, but I'm sure they're color back up in no time. Also, the cories have begun to school a lot more! They look very cool swimming around together and make me want more! :p
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Old 05-12-2005, 11:55 AM   #2
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Congrats on your new additions!!! They look very nice!
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Old 05-12-2005, 12:03 PM   #3
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Old 05-12-2005, 01:02 PM   #4
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oooh congrats!! I love gouramis!
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Awww! They look great. Congrats!
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Old 05-12-2005, 05:18 PM   #6
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I hope he's happy - ack! I just assumed it's a male! Let me look into sexing gourami. . .

Well, thanks to google, I know now how, but those pics are inconclusive. I'll know for sure once I get home. . .

And now, to decide what fems to put in w/ him. . . that reminds me - I saw a 'lavender gourami' last night : it looked like a 3 spot, and supposedly became more purplish with blue bands as it grew?

Has anyone seen these? (google has, though there aren't many pics. . .)
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Old 05-14-2005, 02:44 PM   #7
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Congrats on the new fish! I've never seen a lavender gourami at any of the pet stores around here. I did see some pics of them on a website and have been wanting them ever since.
This is the site BTW: http://www.aqualandpetsplus.com/Gour...chogasters.htm
So did it look like a blue gourami with some gold highlights, for the most part? They are the same species as the blue, gold and opaline. I think they get them from breeding an opaline or blue with a gold.
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:27 AM   #8
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They didn't look like much @ all in the tank at the LFS, but the pics I've seen online look pretty good.

Bad news from the gourami front; mr. opaline didn't last the weekend.

We left Friday night to visit the in-laws and he was acting a little strange; not moving around too much, swimming with a slight tilt to one side, staying @ the surface for too long, so I wasn't really surprised.

I know the lfs shipment day is Tues and I bought him on Weds, so perhaps he was still stressed and/or bound to pass and I was just too impatient. :sigh:

It still sucks, though; I'm shocked all of the otos outlasted the gourami!?
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:26 PM   #9
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Sorry for your loss. His shape did seem a little bit strange, to me anyway. Not exactly sure what it is, probably that the head area looks kinda big and the rest of the body looks like it should be bigger. Then again it's not always easy to tell with pictures. I hope you have better luck next time.
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Old 05-17-2005, 11:30 AM   #10
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I wondered the same thing about his shape - it was like his back had a straight line right behind his eyes to his dorsal. I didn't worry, as the other smaller gourami in the tank looked the same. Bad batch? :\
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