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Old 06-08-2018, 10:41 PM   #1
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Okay, so my male dwarf sunset gourami made a bubble nest with some plants about a week and a half ago. He mated with my two females and I removed the bubble nest the next day, relocating it to another aquarium.

Then, a few days later, he built another bubble nest. No idea if they mated again or not. Iíve been adding fish fry food and cleaning more often just in case.

Anyway, I still have this old bubble nest sitting on top of the water. Itís ugly and I want it gone. When can I remove it and how do I keep him from making another one? I have WAY more fry than I want right now.

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First pic above is maybe 1/2 of the fry I have now, after feeding quite a bit to the community aquarium. Idk if any lived in the community aquarium or not.

ETA: There are definitely fry that survived the culling AND younger fry in the community tank.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:09 AM   #2
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Well, it appears that your tank setup is just what he wants for breeding and that's a good thing. As for stopping him from making nests, that is not going to happen unless you create an environment that is not conducive for spawning ( which is not a good thing to do.) If you want no more fry,the best way (IMO) you will need to separate the male and females from each other. Other than that, you can let the fry become food for the other fish in the tank. Extra survivors can be taken to your local fish shop to trade for supplies or $$
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Well, it appears that your tank setup is just what he wants for breeding and that's a good thing. As for stopping him from making nests, that is not going to happen unless you create an environment that is not conducive for spawning ( which is not a good thing to do.) If you want no more fry,the best way (IMO) you will need to separate the male and females from each other. Other than that, you can let the fry become food for the other fish in the tank. Extra survivors can be taken to your local fish shop to trade for supplies or $$


Thanks for the response! Should I remove this nest or just leave it since heíll probably only make another?
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I'd leave it. Yes, he will probably make a new one anyway so you don't gain much by removing the one that is there. Even if you remove the females, he may still keep a nest in an effort to attract a female to his area. That is the life of an anabantid. More surface aggitation will make it harder for the nests to stay in tact.
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Thanks! I think Iíll leave it and add more circulation then. Might wait for some of the babies to get a bit bigger first. I would like to keep a few and Iíll probably take whatever else makes it to the LFS for trades.
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