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  1. It's about time I started a journal. Thank you to @Streetwise for the help of starting this. Im gonna start this off with my favorite fish of all time: (Mini) Bob the spotted congo puffer Named after Mr. Bob Steenfott. From this point forward, Bob is the pufferfish and Mr. Steenfott is Mr. Steenfott. When I broke my leg, Mr. Steenfott and my friend/coach/teacher Hutch planned a day where we all went to the co-op for fun. At the end, Mr. Steenfott got me this fish under one condition, it had to be named Bob. This was in 2018. You might think it is weird that a teacher took me on this trip, but Hutch is more of a family member because my entire family has known him for a very long time even before this trip. In the photo of the yellow background is the very first time I saw Bob, I sent a picture to my family because this was my dream fish and had never seen one in person before. He was such a skinny lad. After a couple months from the start of the pandemic (June 2020) I upgraded him from an anubias only 20g with a hang on the back filter to a 40g with a canister filter, sand, multiple drift wood pieces, and a plethora of different plant species. On December 16, 2020 Hutch passed away unexpectedly which broke my community's hearts and still leaves a scar. But I have Bob to remind me of all the good times and one of the best days of my life. Today, Bob lives happily in the 40g where he gets to hunt guppies, shrimp, earthworms, bloodworms, snails, clams, and pogostemon stellatus stems.
  2. Hi, I recently set up a new planted tank. I am looking for stocking options. It is a standard 20 gallon high aquarium. Current stocking list below. - 5 Harlequin Rasbora - 1 Mystery Snail -1 Nerite Snail -2 Ramshorn Snail (came with plants lol) Plants include 3 Giant Saggitaria, 1 Amazon Sword, 2 Anubias, 1 Tiger Lotus, and some Water Lettuce. Aquaneat Light, Aquaneat 20 sponge filter, Aquaclear 30 filter, Nicrew Heater. I would like to fully stock my tank. The first fish I like are Honey Gouramis, they have both red and gold varieties at my LFS. I think I would get 3 (1m, 2f), as I have heard they are social fish. I would like to finish off my school with 3 more Harlequin Rasboras but at the time I bought them the LFS only had 5 left (they have more now). The other fish I would like to get are Kuhli Loaches. I would get 5-6 to dwell at the bottom of the tank. I prefer Kuhli Loaches over Corydoras in looks but I am kind of open to both. Really want to try Honey Gouramis though. I would also like to get another Mystery snail so they can maybe breed. Any feedback on my current setup or future stocking list would be greatly appreciated.
  3. I have 8 neon tetras with a bolivan ram on this tank. Could I put a licorice gourami in this tank and things would be peaceful. Thoughts?
  4. Hi there! I’m back with another question 😅. We got our first female powder blue dwarf gourami about two weeks ago. She’s super cute but she is harshing the mellow of the tank. The only time she’s ever just peacefully swimming in a chill manner is first thing in the morning when we turn the lights on. For the rest of the day she swims back and forth at a pretty good clip. I’ve never had a dwarf Gourami before so I don’t know if they’re active swimmers and this is normal or she’s stressed. She’s also harassing our mystery snails. She nips at them and now they hardly come out of their shells. I don’t have the means or space to buy another tank and separate them, and I really don’t want to have to give anyone away. Is there something I can do to calm her down? I’m including a shot of the tank and maybe someone can advise if more plants/decor are needed, as well as water parameters. The only parameters that are not in normal range are KH, GH, and ph. GH- 300 KH- 40 ph- 6.4 Thank you to anyone who is able to help!
  5. Hello, I have 4 new Blue Dwarf Gouramis. They went straight into a prepared quarantine tank, water parameters within range, no Ammonia or Nitrite. The water temp is at 80°F. He was eating when he first came in on Saturday. But now he is not eating, not swimming, just floating around. I do not see anything on his fins, gills, fungus, worms, or eyes. I have used ich treatment, general cure, melafix for the first 4 days. But now I am on to the erythromycin treatment. The other 3 fish are fine. Please if you have any suggestions I would appreciate it.
  6. Hi Guys,I have a secret only people in this forum will ever know, I seriously have a problem with the tricogaster genus of fish. Its like some type of magic, I love these fish a lot! Especially the dwarfs.So I did what any sane person would do and procured an array of 9 1.5ft tanks15 Gallons (breeding various gouramis) and a 3ft to hold the rents once they are done. (planted and planing to add guppy grass, already have a lot of java moss (about 5 liters)) The tanks are drilled with an overflow, I have very little flow/pressure going into the tanks (only flowing for 3 hours a day and not when breeding as it would disturb the bubble nest) and the overflow is covered with filter floss. Each tank also has a small sponge filter in, one amazon sword and some rocks along with java moss.Now someone on this forum should be able to give me advice on how to achieve this. Any advice would be appreciated, note i am in no hurry, I want to do this right. The main questions I have is would I be able to feed these fry hikari first bites? At what stage would I be able to feed fresh baby brine shrimp? Anyone with success please help me achieve the same. Will send pictures once tidy.
  7. So I have a new-ish 20 gallon long, fully cycled, and this is what I have in there: 10 Harlequin Rasboras 3 twin bar Platies 6 Panda Corydoras 1 Dwarf Gourami I also have a lot plants for such a new tank, I’ve got a about 5 Java ferns, some Anubias, and jungle Val. All the fish enjoy swimming through the vegetation. Tank also has an Aquarium Co-op medium sponge filter and a Tidal 35 HOB for some extra water clarity. My concern is my dwarf Gourami. I bought it fully knowing the risks associated with their aggression. So far mine has been pretty calm BUT has “snapped” at a couple fish. If he roams the bottom and a panda Cory gets a little too excited he’ll snap at it. Same with the platies. He doesn’t chase anything except for the harlequins on an infrequent basis. I think it’s because the harlequins could be a bit hyperactive at times. My water parameters are near perfect, but I would like to raise the hardness just a bit for the platies. is he just the “boss of the tank”? He seems to inhabit the two top left corners of the tank, which is really cute because he likes to rest on and under the plant leaves. He doesn’t pick on the other fish during feedings, and mostly sticks to floating pellets. He’s actually starting to become a sort of “wet pet” for me. He likes to come up to the front of tank when I get close. I would really love to keep him. any thoughts?
  8. I have a 20g Long planted with 9 White Clouds and 4 female Opaline Gourami. They are normally active and will usually come up to the front of the tank and touch the glass where to put your finger. I have had the Gourami Singh July 16, 2021. But, 2 weeks ago I added 6 Kuhli Loaches. When I did this, a had them in a 2.5 gallon that I was using as a drip acclimation container. I tried to catch them with a net, but after several minutes and some stressed fish, I gave up and carefully poured the 2.5 into the 20. Since then, the Gourami have been getting more skittish and spend all of their time when the light is on hiding. When the light is off they are still apprehensive, but will venture into the more open areas. The water conditions have stayed the same (ph 6.4 ish, KH 0, GH 300+, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 25-50 according to Aquarium Co-op strips, ammonia 0, about 75-78 degrees temp). About a week ago the second largest Gourami really freaked out and darted around the tank and scratched both of her sides. I also had noticed that the two largest Gourami were in general breathing heavier than normal. All 4 have gotten paler, but the largest has changes the most. At this point, I did decide to put a little less than three tablespoons of freshwater aquarium salt into the tank (dissolved into the water I was dripping in at the time, it was two tablespoons that were a little overflowing). I do my best to see them eat, but some nights they don’t eat at all while I’m there. And I’ve tried turning half the tank lights off and stepping back, but they still don’t always come out. The one who hurt her sides is getting better. I don’t have a picture that shows it, because they won’t come out to get a good enough one :(. The white Clouds, Kuhli Loaches, and Ghost Shrimp are doing fine (maybe even better now that the Gourami aren’t out and about). I’ve done my best to keep everything the same: same feeding time, same routine when I take out excess floating plants before feeding, the same foods, and the same water parameters. In the two weeks that the Loaches have been in, the Gourami have become more shy. Has anyone else had a problem like this with Gourami? Is there something I can do to help them relax? I have been hoping they would get comfortable again, but now they freak out when I approach the tank, and it’s been getting worse, not better. Here is a video I took tonight of them. They’re hard to see, and I turned one light off and they all went to that side immediately. But they spend a lot of time in that corner. The video also shows the white clouds after I just feed them. The Gouramis didn’t eat while I was in the room with the tank. Pictures are of the latest water test I did (which is about the same as they always are). And one when I took a photo of a Kuhli loach, but is has one of the Gourami in it taken the day after I added the Loaches.
  9. So up until this point, I was almost sure both of these fish were males. I saw them doing this today. I have never bred my fish, but I have absolutely no clue what they could be doing besides that. I have a couple questions: 1. How do I sex these? They are gold honey gouramis. They seem to be about the same color, and I am not quite sure how to sex them by looking at their fins. 2. There is no bubble nest in the tank at this point. Will the male (whichever turns out to be the male) make one after they have bred? Is it possible that they hatch eggs without using a bubble nest? Could they have a nest hidden somewhere under one of the plants at the bottom of the tank? Apologies for the bad quality, but this is the only time I was able to catch them doing it on video.
  10. Hello, I just spotted my female honey gourami as seen in the picture. The belly seems to be torn open, but after this photo where she was laying in the moss, she swam relatively normal again. From the very beginning, she was always thicker than my male honey gourami. At very first, I thought she had eggs. But I think the true reason for her huge belly is that she just always eats too much. I have lots of different fish in the 350L tank along with the honey gouramis (angelfish, corys, otos, amano shrimp, rummy nose tetras), so I need to feed a lot, and she always eats from the top when feeding the tetras and angelfish but then also eats a lot from the bottom food for the catfish. So the question now is, did she just eat so much that her stomach ripped open, or might she had a disease for month now? Additional info: Water parameters: ph 7.2-7.5 / gH 12-13 / kH 11 / NO2 0, NO3 maybe around 10 mg/l before a water change / temperature right now a little hotter because of summer, usually 26-27°C (around 79 F), now more 28°C (82 F). Big water change was just a few days ago. I had one of my angelfish die of dropsy a few days ago. But he was a kind of rescue fish from the beginning, he only had 1 eye and other deformations, probably from the breeding process (its a blue angelfish). All other angels and all other fish are fine, and most importantly: The female honey gourami was this thick long before the angelfish got sick, so I cannot imagine this also being dropsy, since she still acted mostly normal ("dancing" with the male honey gourami and eating as I said - the angelfish stopped eating a few days before dying). What should I do now? Anesthetize her and kill her to end potential pain? Keep her in a fry holding net thing inside the tank and not feed her for a while and hope she recovers? Or take her out into another tank? I have an empty 10 gallon which is currently getting cycled, but I fear the stress of moving her could also kill her... I really really don't want her to die, but this looks pretty bad 😢 Best, Max Edit: added another photo from just now, she's swimming at the top and taking in air from the surface frequently (she also recently lost half of one of her feelers sadly)
  11. My gourami injured himself about 1.5 weeks ago. He ripped off part of his tail fin, part of his dorsal fin is almost see-through, and he scraped some of the scales off the top of his head. I moved him to my quarantine tank and have been keeping the tank clean with water changes every 2-3 days. I've also been dosing with melafix for the fin damage. He seems to be doing well now, eating normally, swimming around a lot, etc. He doesn't have any open sores but I'm not sure how vulnerable the torn fins/area on his head are. 2 questions: 1: When can I ease up on the water changes? 2: How will I know it's okay to put him back in the main tank? My main tank is a 20 gal planted community tank with peaceful tetras and corys, so he wouldn't have to deal with any aggressive fish, but he can be a little territorial in that tank.
  12. Hi guys, I'm so sad. I have a male and female pair of honey gouramis. The male has always chased the female around but he's never hurt her before and he'd usually stop once she got over to "her side of the tank". I was having to feed them on opposite sides of the tank though because they can get territorial over food and the male started to "patrol" the place where I was feeding them before. However, most the time they co-existed together peacefully and they were doing spawning behaviour almost every day. I don't think they ever actually spawned though since they're still growing up. I went to my cottage this past weekend from Thursday night - Sunday night and had my sister come feed the fish on Saturday afternoon. When I got home, right away I noticed that everyone in the tank was very pail, even the male gourami, and the female gourami had injuries. I tried to include the best pictures I could take to show you the injuries. They don't appear to be life threatening, but a second opinion would be good cause I'm inexperienced. She has what looks like bruising or missing scales around her eye and missing scales on her back. Now that I've fed them 3 times since getting back, everyone is back to their normal colours. The female seems ok, but she's been hiding a lot. Because the male was never violent before, could it just be that maybe the stress of going hungry might have caused him to be more aggressive? I checked carefully and he doesn't have a bubble nest that I can see. Should I wait and see if things calm down or should I remove the female as soon as possible? I can move her to a 10 gal tank that just contains apple snails and plecos right now, but I'd rather do that only as a last resort because the gouramis bite the apple snail's antenna and the tank has higher current than is ideal for gouramis. Thanks for you input!
  13. Got an odd fish behavior question for some more experienced gourami keepers. On March 24th, I brought home 3 pearl gourami. Two girls and one boy. They're currently the only inhabitants in a heavily planted 40 breeder. They were shy for a week or so, but eventually came around and would hang by the surface waiting for food and eat brine shrimp straight out of a dropper. Everything seemed to be going well. They were healthy, eating and generally hanging out all over the tank. Cut to 5 days ago, and they've suddenly become incredibly shy. Sometimes, if I come into the room too quickly, they'll spaz out swimming around the tank to hide. They spend all day at the very back of the tank underneath a large amazon sword or huddled in the back corner. Since they live in my office, I know they haven't had any traumatic experiences with people. Based on the glimpses I can get of them, they still look healthy. They're just always hiding. When I noticed the behavior, I checked the water and everything is normal, 0/0/5 nh3/no2/no3. I don't have any experience keeping gourami other than these guys, so maybe I'm overreacting to a normal behavior change. I've adjusted the light to give them a larger, dimmer space without any impact. I've considered adding my large school of CPD to the tank to provide some dither fish, but since things are a bit wonky in there I'm hesitant to make changes. Any thoughts or advice?
  14. I have 2 Honey Gourami's quarantining with my red wag platy fry currently I have treated them with the med trio in a 10g tank. So far they haven't been eating very much food I've tried Xtreme krill flake, bug bites spirulina and tropical flakes, rapashy Soilent green, frozen and freeze dried blood worms and frozen brine shrimp they may take bites but will usually spit the food out they seem to like the ez fry food but that's about it. Any foods I should try? Any go to bulletproof no way they won't eat this foods?
  15. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Assorted Mystery Snails Nerite Snails (Military Helmet and Zebra) Goldfish Black Ranchu Calico Fantail Shubunkin Bettas Veiltail Crowntail Halfmoon Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Galaxy Yellow Plakat (NICE) Marble Blue Plakat (NICE) Super Yellow Plakat (NICE) Gouramis and other Anabantoides Female Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami Sparkling Gourami Scarlet Badis Cichlids Apistogramma Agassizii "Tefe Red Back" Apistogramma Trifasciata Albino Common Kribensis Bolivian Ram Corydoras and other Catfish Sixray Corydoras (Wild) Corydoras Ambiacus Corydoras Elegans Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Cory Synodontis Schoutedeni (NICE) Plecos Common Otocinclus L255 Spotted Medusa Pleca L106 Orange Seam Pleco L056 Rubber Pleco L240 Galaxy Vampire Pleco Loaches Golden Dojo Loach Borneo Sucker Loach Black Kuhli Loach Yo-Yo Loach Tetras Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Blue Tetra Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Ember Tetra Diamond Tetra Flame Tetra Glowlight Tetra Neon Tetra Rummy-Nose Tetra Silver Tip Tetra Beckford's Pencilfish Rasboras Chili Rasbora Neon Green Rasbora Barbs and other Cyprinids Copper Nose Barb Odessa Barb Siamese Algae Eater Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Long Fin Zebra Danio Giant Danio White Cloud Gold White Cloud Livebearers Assorted Endlers (Locally Bred) Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Leopard Tail, Cobra Red, Flamingo, and Red Tuxedo) Black Tiger Guppy Pairs Japan Snakeskin Guppy Pairs Yellow King Tiger Cobra Guppy Trios (Locally Bred) Black Lyretail Molly Sunset Platy Rainbows Neon Dwarf Rainbows Oddballs Chameleon Tiny Spiny Eel Peacock Spiny Eel Pea Puffers Fish listed from top to bottom: Synodontis Schoutedeni, Marble Blue Plakat, Dumbo Ear Halfmoon, Halfmoon, Super Yellow Plakat, Copper Nose Barb, Golden Dojo Loach, Peacock Spiny Eel, Yellow King Tiger Guppy Trio (Male), and Japan Snakeskin Guppy Pairs.
  16. I had a heavily planted, fully cycled, 20 gallon long tank. I put 5 guppies and one honey gourami about a week ago. 2 guppies are dead, 2 guppies are missing (I can’t find them in the tank) and the one guppy and honey gourami are both fine. I’m assuming that the two I can’t find are dead but I am continuing to look for the bodies. Like I said, the tank was fully cycled and for the first couple days, all the fish were perfectly fine. Nothing seemed wrong. Does anyone have any ideas about what could have happened?
  17. Saw a ton of scuds yesterday. Put this beautiful guy in yesterday to go hunting......haven't seen a scud yet today. I know that he won't get them all but hopefully will keep under control until the ember tetras going in here are out of quarantine and then he will move to the 20 long
  18. Hello everyone today i decided to turn on my aquarium lights and found that my gourami was hurt from the side of the body.I believe it was one of my angelfish that did it because he didnt have it before.I just want to know if it is dangerous for him or if i need to act now.ive heard that angelfish and gouramis can be feisty and aggressive but i dont want my fish to be in danger.if anyone has any advice or instructions on what to do i would really appreciate them thank you
  19. So... while spending my daily hour with my tanks, I made an amazing discovery. My first sparkling gourami nest. At first I had no idea what it was. I’m so lucky I didn’t destroy it while I was doing maintenance on the tank. So now I have to remember to look before I put my hands in the tanks! I had frogbit and the nest is at the base of the frogbit. The male is guarding his nest in the last photo, he is to the right. There are a LOT of eggs in it. its so rewarding to see.
  20. Hello! I'm new to honey gouramis, and they are challenging me. Lol! I posted a few days ago about my stressed honey. I ended up getting it a friend which helped for a few days and then it went back to pacing. So, I moved him and his friend to a different tank and they seem to be happier (so far) I then bought another gourami for my 15 gallon fluval flex. It settled in great so a couple of days later I brought home a friend for him. When I put the second one in the tank, the first gourami went to full breeding dress. The newest gourami is supposed to be a male, but he hasn't coloured up yet. They've been together for 24 hours. I haven't seen any fight or chasing. Do you think the newest addition is just stressed still, or is my male actually a female?
  21. Hello everybody, In the upcoming months, I will be moving off to college with my 5.5 gallon tank. I do not know if the dorms have a stable temperature environment and I can say the ambient temperature will NOT be enough to keep it warm. In a perfect scenario, the heater would be fully submersible, small, and safe. Please let me know of any recommendations, I've tried the 5w and 25w heaters from aqueon= absolutely trash. I don't know if I should go out and purchase the 50w submersible (aqueon) due to the high wattage. A lot of the smaller heaters seem to have some consistent issues of under heating and over heating, that is why I have come to here 🙂 Thank you!
  22. Has anyone have experience with gourami's wiping out hydra?
  23. I'm looking for a centerpiece fish for a 20 long unheated tank. Temp ranges from 68-72 (averages 70) in the winter and 74-78 in the summer. Will a honey or powder blue gourmi stay comfortable in these temps? I should mention I'm not interested in paradise fish or apisto borellii in this tank...maybe in another setup in the future 🙂
  24. I know what this was sold to me as, but it looks pretty dis-similar to others of that species I have. I don't mean color, but body shape and fin shape. Ive had him about 3 months, and he's roughly the size of an adult male Platy, maybe 2 inches. That's a pretty giant moss ball in the pic, hopefully that doesn't skew the scale. Not mentioning the species it was sold to me as for now, just to try to avoid an up front yes/no answer, but I can certainly say.
  25. Hello friends, My female gourami (garganzola) does not appear to be living her best life. She has some marks on her head and side. I tried to get as close and as clear as physically possible of the marks but this girl does not stop moving. Part of that is because my male gourami (garbanzo) seems to chase her around constantly (AND he is a huge attention hog, so when he noticed I was snapping her pictures, he said "move". Ok I may he anthropomorphizing a touch). Anyway she's got these marks on her and I am not sure what they are. Is it a fungus? Does she have a disease? Is she the victim of relentless attention from her live-in boyfriend? I know the chasing thing is just something he will do as a part of courtship or whatever. They have mated a couple of times. But if she is injured or ill then I would/should separate her and treat her in her own hospital tank. I appreciate any feedback.
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