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Dwarf gouramis

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Lorna

Sunday, August 19, 2001 - 09:21 pm
Hi, has anyone ever had a problem with dwarf gourmais? I think I read a conversation on the board about them, but can't find it. My male just killed two of my marbled hatchets today. I have moved him to another tank and he is going back to the pet store tomorrow. He also killed another 2 of my marbled hatchets last week but I didn't know it was him until I caught him in the act today! I am really upset. Thanks

  

joycedonley

Monday, August 20, 2001 - 07:24 am
Lorna I gave up on the dwarf gourmais when I had two and they beat each other up(both ended up dying). Everyone thinks they are peaceful, but they can in fact be pretty aggressive. Some of the larger gourmai I don't think are as much as a problem, although I have read a few of those (snakeskin) can also be mean.

  

Kick

Monday, August 20, 2001 - 09:26 am
Lorna, how many gouramis do you have in all? Usually if they are kept in small groups, the fighting and stalking is less. The hatchets usually remain at the top of the water, therefore, probably look like "food" to the meany. Gouramis are "supposed" to be calm in most instances, but sometimes you will find one with an attitude problem. Usually same sexes will seem to get along better than mixing them. The urge to reproduce can be overwhelming for them and cause problems in mixed sets.

  

Lorna

Monday, August 20, 2001 - 09:42 pm
I had 1 male and 2 female dwarf gouramis. The male is now in a smaller tank with some zebra danios and he is pretty calm right now. I have the 2 females in my other tank and so far so good, I don't know if I should risk getting any more hatchets, I don't trust the females now either.

  

Rose

Tuesday, August 21, 2001 - 06:23 pm
You will need to either get rid of the females and get a couple more males (or vice versa) or give the gouramies their own tank. The Male Female thing only works when your breeding them. The rest of the time don't do it, as it will bring along disaster. You may also want more hidding places for the other fish. This won't stop the fighting with the gouramies but it might make the other fish feel a little safer. Rose

  

Shan

Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 12:09 am
I've mentioned a lot on the board (ad nauseum perhaps) about my dwarf gouramis. But because you asked I'll risk sounding like a broken record and mention it again. I have 2 flame dwarf gouramis, now in what I call Cell Block G. The first one chased the Harlequins and Corys around til I removed him to his own tank. I got a second one to keep him company, but the poor newcomer got harrassed as well. I put the new one with the other fish and he did well with them for several weeks til recently I saw him stealthily at night chasing the catfish out of their special sandbox and commandeered their sinking wafer. This could have been going on for a while w/out me knowing, one of the corys died soon afterward--maybe from the stress. Anyways I got a divider for the other tank where the 2 gouramis live in solitary confinement. I don't risk getting any more gouramis because I don't have any other place to sequester another aggressive one. I have heard they are peaceful, but personally I don't risk them anymore.

  

joycedonley

Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 07:29 am
I agree with you Shan there are a lot of fish out there that I think are easier to keep!

  

Lorna

Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 04:48 pm
Thanks, I will probably keep the male (he is by himself and doing ok) and see if I can return the 2 females, no more dwarf gouramis for me! I appreciate all the help.

 

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