Karen B. Posted December 10, 2021 Share Posted December 10, 2021 I have a 1 year old honey gourami that lives in a community tank with chili rasboras and false julii corydoras. I know they are social fish so I decided to buy him 2 girlfriends… but I am not quite sure if it’s what the fish store sold me (either 2 males or 1f/1m I think?) I quarantine them for 2-3 weeks. One started developing a brown line in the middle of its body (female?) the other not. And the other is much more agressive: he always sends back the female (?) to her side of the tank and it gets worst at feeding time. I was feeding them in 2 different spot to solve the problem but soon I will be gone for 10 days and will be using an automatic feeder so the behavior was bothering me - didn’t want the fish to fight or one to starve to death. However I must say the female wasn’t fazed by the male - she would swim right back. I wanted to wait after Christmas to introduce the bunch but decided to try to add only the non agressive female with my old male. She couldn’t care less about him, she is swimming around eating/picking at plants, sometimes swimming toward him in curiosity but not chasing him. But I can’t quite decipher his behavior. He started swimming erratically at first, now he just stays around her - doesn’t chase her, but he is skittish, swims up/ram (ish) into the glass, he watches her, his mouth/front area became much darker for a while. He swims a lot with his head up. So anyone know what is this behavior? Is it too soon to tell? With her darker line, am I right to think she’s a female? Should I still try to introduce the more agressive/territorial male? Here is what is currently happening … and by the yime I was done writing this post, he has started violently chasing her. Even heard one fish ram in the glass. She seems more scared/submissive to him so he now has stopped chasing her as if satisfied. She, on the other hand, seems more wary of him now… Should I put her back in the other aquarium? So confused as to what to do! 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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