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post #1 of 154 (permalink) Old 12-23-2013, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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A Chocolate Gourami Journal **Vaillianti FRY 9-1-14**

I've been searching for some nice chocolate gouramis (at a good price) for some time. Well today i went to one of my LFS to pick up some amano shrimp and found these 3 beauties. I've had the tank for them running for about 2 months, so i'm glad my search is over. They are starting to color back up and have all 3 eaten. Figured i'd share some pics this is my first time with them, my params are good but i'd love to hear some experiences with these fish from everyone thats had them! Thanks for looking.

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post #2 of 154 (permalink) Old 12-23-2013, 02:12 AM
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Those guys are cool and they match your tank very nice.

125g,75g,50g,40g,27g,10g
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Those are very cool, I've never seen them at any store, sadly... Ever.
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Yeah it was a heck of a search for them. Found them twice before, once they looked horrendous and the other just too pricey considering i wanted at least 3. I would like to eventually get more, wish they had more than these 3 the other day but beggars can't be choosers

Can anyone share some experiences with these fish? Anyone ever have any luck breeding them? I'd love to hear some input!
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I really want some Chocolate Gouramis for my tank! I haven't seen any at the LFS around here, but I've considered trying to get some online.
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those are some very nice looking fish. good find!
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Lovely fish! Wish those were sold around where I live.
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Some sick looking fish!

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Great looking fish, Not a fish you often if ever see for sale unless online and than not often.

Those 3 in particular are great looking.

Perhaps you could breed them.
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Thanks for all the kind words! I'm actually really hoping to have success breeding these. From what i have read up on them, they are mouth broaders but not easy to breed. This tank is dedicated to these fish alone so i'm going to give it my best try!

Just in the 3 days i've had them, they are showing courting behaviour. I am feeding them live food and they have been doing a lot of flaring and flashing and coloring up very nicely. I'm just not sure what ratio i have. They are difficult to sex. I have some ideas but dont know a sure fire way to tell (and apparently there isnt until they start courting and/or breed?) I'm hoping someone on here has experience with them and can give me some tips
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I haven't experience with them but do they have the rounded vs. pointed fins to tell gender like dwarf gourami?
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Apparently this is a way to tell, but is not fully reliable. I have also read you can tell by the jawline and also the color along the edge of the caudel, but again nothing really consistant. They are really cool to watch flare, i'm pretty sure i have at least one male and one female. The one i cant really tell is the smallest, probably youngest of the 3.

I put in a heater so i can keep it around 78 (only 74 now) and when i put it in, the largest of the 3 came over and flared at the heater. Its funny because everything they do seems to be in slow motion, but they do have a ton of personality. Lights are out for tonight, but i will try and take some video in the morning.
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Here's a couple pics of the assumed male flaring at me. And a short video of the 3.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPf7v...ature=youtu.be

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Decided to change the title of this journal. I'm not happy with the lack of detailed and consistant info on these fish. I'm really enjoying them and they have some very interesting behaviour i'm noticing but can find no info about. I will be attempting to breed these fish as well and figured it would be fun to document it.

So i will update as often as i can, still would love to hear some input on these guys from fellow members that have them. There's got to be SOMEONE on here keeping them
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The 2014 Jan issue of Tropical Fish Hobby mag has a 3 page article on their care ,breeding, etc.

Pages 22 to 24.
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