nerdyaquarist Posted July 20, 2022 Share Posted July 20, 2022 Hi everyone, so if you notice I've been posting a lot about my gouramis lately. I can't catch a break with these guys! I bought 4 of these cute little fish for my 29 gal tank about 2-3 months ago because everyone kept saying they were peaceful community fish. Well, they were wrong. One of the males (I think he is at least) grew increasingly more territorial over the entire right side of the tank and kept aggressively chasing and picking at the scales of any gourami that approached that side. It got so bad that one of the other gouramis got so stressed and and lost color, weight, and even will to swim. She eventually gave up and sat on the gravel in a hidden corner of my tank to hide from the bully. I treated her in my QT for a few weeks and hoped that once I put her back into the main tank that it's been enough time for the bully to forget, but he did not. Went straight to chasing. I ended up throwing him in fish jail (my QT) to give the 3 other gouramis a break. All was well for a few days, super peaceful. But then I noticed something strange, one of the previously passive gouramis started chasing the other 2! Then the one that got sick also started chasing! It's still much more peaceful than before but they still don't last long in each other's line of sight before starting to chase. Is this just their natural behavior? Are they supposed to chase each other? I thought honey gouramis were peaceful fish and did not expect this. Now I don't know whether to just return the bully fish into the main tank and just let it be or if they are meant to be alone (just having 1 and returning 3). I got 4 because I read that they like company, but maybe not these guys? I know there's controversy over whether honey gouramis and "red honey's" are the same species, and could explain behavior differences. Honestly this just all causes me second-hand anxiety just watching them chase each other and that's the last thing I want to feel when watching my aquarium lol. Would love your input, especially if someone here also owns red honeys. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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