I was told by an idiot at Jacks Aquarium that gouramis would get along with each other. I have two blue and one golden. Its strange though, sometimes they'll swim together lovingly. Then the next minute, the bigger blue of the 3 will chase the other two. He even grabbed the golden by his fin and shook it. No damage was done luckily, and the golden seemed unphased. Im going to get some more plants tomorrow and a bigger decor piece for hiding to see if that helps.
I have had the same 2 golden gouramis for nearly three years, i started with 3, but when i was away one jumped out and died sadly. That being said, they can be obviously, jumpers so a hood of some sort is needed. I have kept them with 3 opaline or three spot gouramis with them for the same amount of time and have found them to be very hardy fish. I read that alot of people have had problems with aggression, this hasnt been a problem for me. Perhaps thats because ive never had fewer than 5 of mixed types so the aggression is minimal. Currently they are housed with guppies and Otos in a densely planted tank and i have no problems from them. I recommend them to anyone as a very hardy, colorful fish.
I had one of these guys in my 55 with a blue gourami, 2 albino bristelnose plecos and 4 7" bala sharks... The gold courami bullied everyone! He had to be removed since all the bala's only had half the tank to swim before being chased to their side of the tank, many times running into the glass haha
I was told that the males were aggressive, and that the females were peaceful. So, I put three females in my largest heavily planted tank. Immediately, the largest female (and yes, I am absolutely sure she was a female) went crazy and started attacking everything she could find...otos, loaches, tetras, and the other two gouramis...nobody was safe. I gave her a chance to stake her claim on some territory, thinking she would eventually calm down...but she never did. She became the only fish that I've ever taken back to my lfs, because she was simply unwilling or unable to adapt to living in a community. My remaining two females chase each other around a bit, but are nowhere near as aggressive as the female I had to return (and they don't attack the non-gouramis at all). SO, the moral of my story is be aware that this species is not always peaceful, even the females.
These guys are definitely not peaceful. Semi-aggressive I'd say, but they have the potential to be a nuisance in a community tank. At best they'll chase each other around now and again, and at worst, they'll starting biting and chasing everything that crosses its path.
I loved mine while i was feeding flake food initially very peaceful, and was great fish in my well planted community tank, with German blue rams, Dwarf blue gourami, and neon danos. once i started feeding frozen bloodworms, and brine shrimp something awoke in him and he became super aggressive. I took him back and traded him for more plants. my dwarfs color is still not the same(over a week later) they are great fish but don't be fooled they can be very aggressive.
I've never had a problem with agression from these fish. I've only kept females however, I can't speak for the males. I currently have one of these in a community tank with a Blue Opaline Gourami, both female, with no problems at all.
I have one of these in my 120 gallon community tank. I got him with a blue gourami and the blue gourami was the bully of the tank until the gold one got bigger, after 6 months the gold one caught to the blue one in size and killed him. He nipped his fins till there was nothing left an he died. I wanted to get a pearl gourami but I'm nervous to.
One of my favorite freshwater community fish. These guys display a very attractive golden/amber coloration when they're healthy and happy. The only other fish that my Golden Gourami chases/harasses are my Sunburst Platies (they display a similar coloration). Aside from that, they seem to be rather peaceful in a community setting. Be sure to provide a thick background/foreground layer of plants for them to take refuge to when frightened. Althought they aren't shy, they tend to startle easy at times.
I have two Golden Gouramis and they run my fish tank. I love my fish I just don't know what else to do to keep them from killing fish that come into the tank. The pet stores keep saying that all tropical fish are compatible but, they have literally murdered every fish with the exception of my neon tetras. They even killed my algae eater..He was over a two years old.
I had a male and two females to start in a planted tank but the male decided he didn't want any other gouramis around so I took the females back. Instead I brought back a Red-tail Shark because when I inquired about the gourami aggression thing they suggested a fish that could stand up for itself. Gilroy (gold gourami) and Meg (Red-tail) are getting along and growing well. Meg doesn't take any flak and Gilroy eventually stopped dishing it out.