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Old 03-17-2012, 08:56 AM   #1
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Breeding gourmais

Have a 16 gal bowfront it is cycled and has plants

I'd like to breed gourmai in this tank

I was thinking of doing some honey or dwarf gourmai does anybody have expire nice with these two gourmais

About how mug are they and how common are they

I didn't look last time I was at my lf to see if teu have them, but I can and will be calling all 4 of them today
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:22 PM   #2
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Ok, firstly, I don't know if it was a typo but these fish are called dwarf gourami. Before breeding (or purchasing any fish for that matter) you need to do a lot of research!

These fish are Labyrinth fish, whereby they can go to the surface and breathe oxygen in the air as well as filter it from the water. So the surface needs to be exposed.

They can get pretty aggressive to each other (dwarfs/honeys) but are known as one of the easier gourami to mix in a community.

In the UK they go for the equivalent of six or seven dollars, obviously it would depend on your availability and if you have a local breeder as to how much they are where you live.

Breeding, and their mannerisms around this time, is pretty cool, but tricky. The male will build a bubble nest on top of the surface of the water, he will gather little bits of leaves and plants floating around and spit it into his nest to hold it together.. Pretty fun to watch! And it is pretty important their are plants their to help him build. Then he manipulates a female near his nest to release the eggs and also gathers them and spits them into his nest.

You should think about removing the parents as the babies may get eaten once they are free swimming. The male will generally protect them up until this point but becomes unpredictable after.

Edit: above was the description for dwarf gouramis, honeys are slightly different and slightly harder to breed (water level reducing, etc).
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:59 PM   #3
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Yea sorry I have all sort of typos

Stupid auto correct

So it's hard to breed them? I mean if I just have them on a tank would they breed?
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:54 PM   #4
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I breed DGs , this is my article on how I breed mine . ( I wrote it ! Lol)
BREEDING DWARF GOURAMI

Scientific name: Colisa lalia
Common name: Dwarf gourami
Max. size: 8.8 cm / 3.5 inches
pH range: 6.0 – 8.0
dH range: 5 - 19
Temperature range: 25 – 28įC / 77 – 82.5įF

Dwarf gouramis are easy to breed, but first, look out for the signs that a male and female are ready to breed. The female would be getting plumper and plumper, and the male s colouring will becoming more vivid and bright.

Once you notice a suitable pair that may be reaching breeding condition, if it’s possible, separate them in two aquariums for about a fortnight, while allowing them to see each other through their tank walls. Feed them a diet of high quality flake food, freeze dried bloodworms, and live foods. Of course, make sure both their aquariums are heavily planted so that they don’t feel stressed out. The tank with the male should have floating plants or you can use a margarine lid and poke a hole through the middle and attach string. From there hang it over the side and place the lid on, this will secure the the top of the bubble nest. (floating ferns or salvinia plants are a great choice.) If the male is in breeding mode , he will start constructing a bubble nest and keep adding to it daily, by blowing hundreds of bubbles.

The bubble nests of dwarf gouramis are thick and incorporate bits and pieces of plants. The male will keep blowing bubbles into the nest until it even rises up above the water level, and measures nearly an inch in height.

When the female becomes very plump (due to being filled with eggs), it’s time to breed them. Reduce the water level in the male’s tank to about 10 cm height, and slowly let in the female. The pair will start spawning. During this the male will wrap himself around her and "quiver" she will then release eggs and he will fertilise them. This can happen 6-7 times.After spawning is over, which takes about a few hours, remove the female from the tank and place her back in her own tank (not the community tank). This gives her a chance to recuperate for a few days. Meanwhile, the male will take care of the eggs and young, after they spawn.

When the fry become free swimming, which typically takes a few days, they will leave the nest, which by this time will be disintegrating. Remove the male at this point, and feed the fry with infusoria (infusoria cultures can be purchased from aquarium shops). After a week or so, you can start the fry on brine shrimp and minute amounts of mashed hard boiled egg yolk.
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What size tanks do you recommend for both the separation & breeding? 10 gal for each fish? Will a 5 gal tank do?

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Sorry I didn't reply. Haven't been on in a while. I recommend ten gallon each.
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