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03-02-2005, 11:42 AM
We have 2 gouramis. They look a little different, so I think I have one of each sex. I don't know which is which or even if they are of opposite sex. We've had them for almost 2 weeks and I knew that one was more active than the other, but I don't know fish fighting or playing. I grew up with guppies. Today, I noticed that the calmer of the two has now got reddish color spots on it. Which then right away I saw the other pecking/ nibble at it in the exact spot. I got a closer look and the fish is actually bleeding, very little. Like the scales are red, but not seeing any flow of blood coming off of it. So I guess my long story short, too late, is the question, how do I stop this? Am I going to have to get rid of one of them? Please help, they are my son's fish and he gets upset seeing them fight.
03-02-2005, 12:46 PM
Welcome to the forums. What size tank are theyin? What type of gouramis are they?
03-06-2005, 01:52 PM
when you say "they look a little different", what do you mean? different size, color, markings? they could be different species, depending upon what those differences are. gouramis usually don't play well with each other.
03-06-2005, 11:44 PM
no, same colors (kinda like opals), one is little longer than the other.
03-07-2005, 08:52 AM
If you have 2 males they will fight. What size tank are they in? If its say a 10 gallon tank. You'll always have problems.
03-07-2005, 10:54 AM
what if it's smaller, there are in a 2.5 gallon. I noticed today that the mean one has nibbled 2 little holes throw the calm oneback fin area.
03-07-2005, 11:06 AM
I'd get a bigger tank :)
03-07-2005, 12:02 PM
deffinetly a bigger tank, perhaps return one of them and get a few smaller fish that won't fit in the gourami's mouth.
03-07-2005, 12:25 PM
You can put a single male betta in the 2 1/2 gallon. Dont put 2 in the same tank or one will kill the other.
03-07-2005, 01:22 PM
Thank you all for your help!
03-07-2005, 04:57 PM
i had two kissing gouramis and they fought all the time. finally the larger one killed the other. they were in a 20 gallon. now the one i have left is like 6" in my 29 gallon. he is awesome i love that fish.
03-27-2005, 11:02 PM
I had 2 gouramis that were only 3 inches long in a 37 gallon tank. And even in 37 gallons, one would always chase and peck at the other.
07-09-2007, 09:32 PM
if they are 2 males the bigger 1 will chase the smaller one constanly.......... i got so tried of this in my comm.tank so i took the agressive 1 and put him in the oscar tank needless to say hes fine in there ,get along with the oscars and he dosent chase them.............. vally136
07-11-2007, 09:25 AM
I have 2 gouramis in a 135 gallon and they still don't get along that well. They have plenty of romm though. When they were in a 10 gallon things were alot worse. One would stay behind the hang on back filter.
07-11-2007, 11:49 AM
sorry just noticed that this post is over 2 years old
07-12-2007, 01:48 PM
i had 2 in my community (3-spotblue gouramis) one was a little bigger than the other 2-males the little couldnt get eny kind of peace in the tank so i fixed him ...i said u be the 1 chased for a while because i got to oscars -he was the same size as the oscars ----dont hate me for it -hes doing ok and hes not chasing another fish in there the oscars dont pay him much attention hes doing fine in with them i will probably take him out when the other gouramis gets the same size as he is........
07-26-2007, 12:59 PM
hi, had the same problem 2 males had to saperate them.
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