augh, i'm back after months of hiatus status.
OKAY. i used to have 2 gold gourami's (months ago). the bigger one would bully the other one, poor thing. my tank eventually (somehow) developed some unsavvy water conditions and the smaller, bullied gourami died =( ... after he was gone, the BIGGER gourami became this huge scaredy cat. when i opened the lid of the tank to feed, he'd run off and then have to slowly ease his way back into the main picture. (i also had 4 tiger barbs at this time, 3 of whom were subjected to death by unsavvy water conditions)... SO. now i have 1 tiger barb (maybe this is why he is aggressive? though i know they are semi-aggressive anyhow...) and one gold gourami (among other fish that give me no problem). btw
i've never noticed the tiger barb really be aggressive up to this point, and all my fish have fins that are intact and pretty.
HOWEVER, yesterday i bought two dwarf gourami's , and now it seems that the gold gourami is back to his old antics, bullying around the poor dwarfs. and ALSO i see that the tiger barb i think wants to fin nip them! is this because they haven't been used to new tankmates? which fish do i get rid of??? how do i know that once i get rid of the gold gourami (or tiger barb) that the two dwarf gourami's aren't going to bully each other around like my 2 gourami's did ? i have a 10 gallon with some dwarf puffers in it, but i don't want any of my fish to get tore up in there with them by experimenting which fish will cooperate with each other. any suggestions as to what to do?? ps water conditions are back to normal, tank is NOT overcrowded... nothing is a factor in the tank that would cause stress other than the presence of these fish.