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Old 10-06-2011, 02:35 AM   #1
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Hello everyone!

My name is Gouramii and I am a high school student
from Canada. I started up my 10 Gallon tank this past September
and everything so far is going alright.

I am keeping only gouramis since they are my favorite type of freshwater fish. Right now I have 4 dwarf gouramis and 1 honey dwarf gourami. I added these fish (of course not at all the same time) about two weeks after starting my tank. I started the tank with a comet goldfish and added my first real fish (honey gourami) a week after. I then added what I thought was a female honey (for I thought what I purchased already was male) but she had died today of a broken water bladder ("she" showed the symptoms of one). Now I only pocess 5 fish altogether.

The main reason why I joined this site is that I am a new aquarist but also I have fallen in love with fish that don't come with much information attached. The pet store I go to can't help me with my questions so there must be someone here who understands my pain as a gourami hobbyist. Sexing gouramis has defeated me. I think my female was so stressed out because there were only males in the tank. Now I'm worried my "males" are going to start to fight. My poor tiny honey gourami! He's the smallest in the tank and I'm worried about him the most although everyone seems peaceful at the moment.

Watch out, for I am going to be posting tons of topics all over the site!

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Old 10-06-2011, 02:54 AM   #2
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Hello everyone!

My name is Gouramii and I am a high school student
from Canada. I started up my 10 Gallon tank this past September
and everything so far is going alright.

I am keeping only gouramis since they are my favorite type of freshwater fish. Right now I have 4 dwarf gouramis and 1 honey dwarf gourami. I added these fish (of course not at all the same time) about two weeks after starting my tank. I started the tank with a comet goldfish and added my first real fish (honey gourami) a week after. I then added what I thought was a female honey (for I thought what I purchased already was male) but she had died today of a broken water bladder ("she" showed the symptoms of one). Now I only pocess 5 fish altogether.

The main reason why I joined this site is that I am a new aquarist but also I have fallen in love with fish that don't come with much information attached. The pet store I go to can't help me with my questions so there must be someone here who understands my pain as a gourami hobbyist. Sexing gouramis has defeated me. I think my female was so stressed out because there were only males in the tank. Now I'm worried my "males" are going to start to fight. My poor tiny honey gourami! He's the smallest in the tank and I'm worried about him the most although everyone seems peaceful at the moment.

Watch out, for I am going to be posting tons of topics all over the site!

Welcome to AA!

Looking forward to your postings and hopefully some pictures!
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:56 AM   #3
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Glad to see another high school student on here, lately they've all been disappearing to who-knows-where.

Just wanna give you a heads up that the gourami and goldfish won't always be compatible as eventually the goldfish will become too big and active for the gourami and they have different temperature requirements.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:07 AM   #4
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Perfect because gold fish was already given to little cousin.

I had to because the goldfish was "sucking" onto my little dwarfs and I was so P.O.ed. Just gouramis in the tank now! Thank goodness that mess is over.

And yeah not a lot of highschoolers are into fish at my school. I find it really relaxing during all these difficult assignments and preparing for diplomas. Very therapeutic.
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Welcome to AA im sure you'll find its a pleasant website. Funny, I became a sophomore this year.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:48 AM   #6
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I quite enjoy studying next to my tank. And the studies about having a tank with high blood pressure are true. I have a bit of a high pressure but it seems to have dropped a bit since setting up my tank. Cool huh?
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Hello everyone!


My name is Gouramii and I am a high school student
from Canada. I started up my 10 Gallon tank this past September
and everything so far is going alright.

I am keeping only gouramis since they are my favorite type of freshwater fish. Right now I have 4 dwarf gouramis and 1 honey dwarf gourami. I added these fish (of course not at all the same time) about two weeks after starting my tank. I started the tank with a comet goldfish and added my first real fish (honey gourami) a week after. I then added what I thought was a female honey (for I thought what I purchased already was male) but she had died today of a broken water bladder ("she" showed the symptoms of one). Now I only pocess 5 fish altogether.

The main reason why I joined this site is that I am a new aquarist but also I have fallen in love with fish that don't come with much information attached. The pet store I go to can't help me with my questions so there must be someone here who understands my pain as a gourami hobbyist. Sexing gouramis has defeated me. I think my female was so stressed out because there were only males in the tank. Now I'm worried my "males" are going to start to fight. My poor tiny honey gourami! He's the smallest in the tank and I'm worried about him the most although everyone seems peaceful at the moment.

Watch out, for I am going to be posting tons of topics all over the site!
Welcome. So, I have seen you have already posted a few things. Its good you want to learn. I have a question, do you have a bigger tank planned for the gouramis? Also, do you have a kit to test your water parameters?
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Haha, I'm not obsessed! Maybe a little. I'm just a information seeking person 24/7. I love to learn.
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Welcome. So, I have seen you have already posted a few things. Its good you want to learn. I have a question, do you have a bigger tank planned for the gouramis? Also, do you have a kit to test your water parameters?
I do not own a test kit... yet.

I am returning most of the gouramis back to the store because I noticed some fin problems with them plusss I have too many males. The store clerk obviously didn't investigate the genders when I asked. I'm planning to lower my fish count to 3 and save up for a 20 gallon before adding more.
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