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  1. Not the best video but here is a clip that shows the strange movements my sparkling gourami makes: He does this nearly every time he opens his mouth to eat something (not every single time though). To me, it seems kinda like a twitch or a tic in humans. This has been happening for the past couple of weeks. Otherwise, no change in behavior. Still actively exploring around the tank. Still eating regularly. Still being a shy guy when I approach the tank too suddenly. I thought maybe it was something neurological but today I thought I saw some white worm-like things around his mouth so I thought I’d ask on this forum. Has anyone noticed this type of fish movement before? Again, it seems to only happen when he opens his mouth. He’s in a heavily planted 10 gallon tank (just did a big trim yesterday) with some Amano shrimp, blue neo shrimp, pygmy corys, chili rasboras, and a nerite snail. Up until a month ago, he had lived with a female sparkling gourami but she unfortunately got stuck in a clay shrimp dome (which has since been removed) and didn’t make it. water parameters using Aquarium Co-Op test strips: pH: 6.4 nitrate: 50 nitrite: 0 ammonia: 0 GH: 150 KH: 40 chlorine: 0 temperature: 75 Thanks in advance!
  2. Hello beautiful people. Need some help. One of my sparkling gouramis is swimming funny. Slightly jerky, tail sinks down if still. How it's pictured is how its been for a day and a half now. There is tail movement so I don't think paralysis (although it does look like it at times). I've had it maybe a month and its still a juvenile. Everyone else in the tank isn't showing any signs of distress, injury, illness, or aggression. Tank mates: sunset honey gourami, royal blue dwarf gourami, chocolate gourami, older sparkling gourami (rescue), 3 female lemon tetras, and 4 golden white cloud minnows. Tank is a 16 gallon Biorb with upgraded under gravel filtration. pH has been around 7.6 for months (and only this tank- assuming due to the biohome filtration media). (Been cycled and stable since May). Water is on the harder side but no copper. Nitrate between 0-10, Nitrite 0, KH around 80, and no chlorine. These have been the stable numbers since cycling completed. Its planted with swords and anubis, larger sized white gravel, and some water spangle. I test every week and do 20-30% water changes when necessary which is about 2 weeks.
  3. vividjs24


    Is this columnaris? I noticed what seemed like gray freckles last week on its head and this appeared yesterday and got worse over night. 5 gallon tank with another sparkling gourami, glass chuno gobies, nerites, spixi snail, Thai micro crabs and neocaridina shrimp. Do you recommend Maracyn?
  4. I’m so glad I bought these and put them in my three gallon. What a terrific little fish! I can’t think of a better fish for a tiny jungle. They’re not flashy but the tall dorsal, the graceful pectoral feelers and the subtle blue shimmer make this fish special.
  5. I've had 5 sparkling gourami in my 15 gallon for the last few months, and when I first got them they were all about the same age, however over the past month I've noticed one is substantially thinner than the others. I've been monitoring his behaviour and he's eating just fine and isn't any more timid than any of the others, although does have a ripped tail fin, anyone have any idea what could be going on and what I should do? (First picture is the ill fish, other picture is one of the other healthy 4)
  6. Hi everyone! I’m recently new into the aquarium hobby…about a 2 years or so now. I have recently purchased another 5 gallon aquarium which I’m aware is on the smaller side but I am a college student still living with my parents so I have limited space to work with. I have another 5 gallon with a single betta but I bought another 5 gallon with the intention of putting different fish that I’m really interested in. I’ve had my eye on getting chili rasboras for the loooongest time and I finally feel ready to get them. However, as much research as I’ve done (almost 11 months now) I am still unsure of the appropriate amount to put into a 5 gallon. Also, a sparking gourami is high on my list of fish to get (only 1 or 2 as a species only tank). But, I have seen few put these two together and it went perfect in a 5 gallon. I’ve seen mixed things as to whether or not these two should be put together and if they can be housed in a 5 gallon aquarium properly. I have NOT purchased any fish yet and will not do so until my parameters are correct and I am well informed of the subject. I am open to any critiques and opinions…thank you!! - I feel as if I should also mention that this tank will be heavily planted to accommodate to both individually or together 🙂
  7. Any fish with a labyrinth lung that can hand warm and cold temperature? Would like to keep them in a small pound outside year round?
  8. I am considering getting a few sparkling gouramis. My questions are. Are they hardy? Are they super sensitive? Do they need to eat special food? Are they easy to feed?
  9. I recently got a trio of sparkling gouramis and it appears I got two females and a male and I am newer to the hobby and I am interested in breeding these guys for a fun project. What would be the ideal set up for a new 5 gal tank I would start to move the trio to.
  10. I’m debating between getting one scarlet badis or a sparkling gourami for the centerpiece fish for my 5 gal heavily planted tank. There are 8 chili rasboras and rcs in there currently. Currently my nitrates never get above 10 ppm and I’m willing to do water changes two or three times a week if need be. As this is my only tank so I am able to and willing to dedicate a lot of time into upkeep. Any thoughts?
  11. Just a PSA in the hopes that someone learns from my unfortunate afternoon. I had seven sparkling gouramis in quarantine. Today I went to transition them to their main tank and could only find 3. I lifted the Easy Planter I had put in there and found four of them dead, stuck in the hollow underside of the planter. So it appears smaller fish can and will hide in there, get stuck and die. I really want to cry. I got them as practically fry, and super underfed, from my LFS. I fed them frozen brine shrimp every 5 hours for like a week to put some weight on them before even doing meds. I eventually bought the Ziss hatchery off the co-op website and was so excited to feed them live baby brine shrimp. Instead I had to bury them in the yard. Buyer beware 😕
  12. I have 5 of them in my 15 gal (not sure of genders, I'm consciously keeping an eye out for aggression and find damage) and I absolutely love them. They very learly and deliberately hunt for microfauna and when they catch the light it's spectacular
  13. Took me a while to get these shots but here are photos comparing female vs. male sparkling gouramis. It helps to have some sort of light source shining through them (similar effect as shining a light through a chicken egg to check for an embryo). They’re quick, shy fish so this can be tricky unless they’re in a specimen container or you’re patient😂 The key is to check the area below the grey line on their bodies. Females will have a triangular shape behind their gut area (their ovaries). The shape may turn slightly orange the closer they get to breeding time. Males will just have a fully transparent space behind their gut area. It can be difficult to tell if they’re too young though. I should note that in this photo, the female appears to have less grey spots than the male but I think this is just my particular female. Usually you can’t tell males and females apart based on external characteristics.
  14. I am looking to add one of these to my 55g community tank. It has guppies, CPDs, ricefish, neon tetras, and ember tetras. There are lots of snails and adult shrimps. Will any of the fish in my title that I am looking to add go after the adult shrimp? I'm leaning towards sparkling gouramis at this point.
  15. Planning on getting 3 sparkling gourami soon, and ideally will breed them, wondering if anyone had any feedback on this aquascape for them. I also have corydoras and CPD's so I wanted some open space but also a dense well shadowed part, but if anyone has any suggestions for making the sparklers more comfortable I'd love to hear them.
  16. Does anyone have Sparkling Gourami in their community tanks? I'm considering moving mine from the 5-gallon Marineland Portrait tank to my 55-gallon. I just can't get the 5-gallon to cycle...or to stay cycled. I don't know. It may be the glass beads I used. It's got tons of plants, but I'm still spiking ammonia of 2.5+ just about every other week. It's very frustrating. So, I'm thinking of adding them to the community tank. It has the following inhabitants: 3 Siamese Algae Eaters 2-3 Dwarf Chain Loaches (I can never see them all at once in order to count them!) Assorted guppies 6 Honey gourami 13 Albino cherry barbs Nerite, mystery, ramshorn and pond snails Various neocaridina shrimp How do you think 10 sparklers would do in this set up? They are still quite young, none are making bubble nests or courting yet. The 55-gallon is a very peaceful tank. The only chasing is male guppies chasing female guppies. I'd love to hear if you have a similar set up and how it's worked out for you. Thank you so much, Alesha
  17. I noticed hatchlings this morning in my 10g community tank (the recent thread on full moon breeding got me looking closer...🤔) Pretty sure they are from a pair of sparkling gouramis, as I noticed a small bubble nest recently. This is the third time they have bred, but the fry didn’t survive. What can i do to help them this time? Total noob at breeding here! Sorry for poor photo, phone won’t focus on an object this small. TIA!
  18. Hello! I have a 10g blackwater with a king betta and 4 neon tetras. In my 75g, I have dwarf gourami's and a sorority of female bettas. I was wondering, can I add a few sparkling gouramis to my 10g blackwater? If I needed to I would put the tetras into my 75g. Thanks!
  19. A little sparkle for your New Year!!!
  20. New fish arrived today. The Honey Gourami and the Sparkling Gourami made the trip from Washington State to Florida with no problem at all. Unfortunately, the Cherry Barbs were not as successful. Only one arrived alive. He's in the QT with the Honeys. We're hoping like crazy that he makes it! The Sparklers are in their own tank but will be quarantined as well. There is a weird film on that tank as it's cycling, so apologies for the dark pics. To say we're excited is an understatement. So thrilled with our purchases! And Aqua Huna had refunded our money as well as part of the shipping costs within an hour of my emailing them about the Cherry Barbs. Impeccable customer service! I'll be updating with better pics as I get them and stories too, I'm sure. 😁 Alesha
  21. Dads doing a good job keeping them safe 🙂
  22. I always have a lot of hydras in my aquariums and sometimes they can try my patience as you will see here. I am trying to feed the baby sparkling gouramis but the hydras can seemingly eat their weight in baby brine shrimp or baby Daphnia. But I have never seen one injure even the smallest fry and they are fascinating denizens in their own right. I seem to have at least 3 species of hydra in the tank. Green ones, black ones, and pale orange ones. Or maybe they are just morphs of the same species?
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