Archived message board.
Badmans Tropical Fish Message Center:
archive: Dwarf gouramis
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.