nerdyaquarist Posted July 12, 2022 Share Posted July 12, 2022 Hi everyone, I've had my "red honey" gouramis for about 2 months and I think one of them is a male. I can tell because he's gotten a bit territorial with the area he likes to chill in and chases everyone else away. He's been almost constantly sucking in air from the surface and blowing bubbles to no avail. Seems like he's trying to make a nest but every time he tries, they pop a second after they are made. I know some people out there say "not enough humidity, add a lid" when this situation happens but I actually do have a lid, albeit it has a small gap at the end only big enough for cables to come out. You can see the condensation on the lid so I don't think it's a humidity problem. I did the styrofoam cup trick I've read online about to see if that helps but he wasn't interested in the cup and when his bubbles did end up floating into it they still popped. I'll be honest, I'm not meaning to breed my gouramis but my male seems pretty stressed about this, which is why I'm posting. But if the breeding did happen, I'll admit it'd be pretty cool. He's trying day in and day out and chasing anyone away when they get too close. I removed the cup today and now all his fins are clamped (related? I don't know). I'm wondering how can I make it so my poor guy can build the nest of his dreams so he can stop stressing about it. Some info you should know, my tank is a 29 gal with a bit of current but nothing crazy (runs 2 filters, an aquaclear HOB with a diffuser over the output and the current is set to a little above the lowest setting, and a standard sponge filter on the opposite side). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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