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Old 09-19-2013, 01:06 AM   #1
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I was wondering do these guys fight much amongst themselves?
I've had 5 that I got from Rachel when she was the speaker at GAS(?)
They've always seemed fine and now I found one dead and another is thin and fins look ripped up. I attached a marina breeder box I have and put him in there. I added a little melafix...yes I just realized the water goes back into the main tank, never used one of these before.
I didn't really find much on google, I'm hoping with some food and not being picked on he'll be ok. Maybe this weekend I'll get around to putting him in a 10g for a bit. I have other fish in there now.
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:24 AM   #2
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Just watched the tank for 15minutes and I noticed another SG has a shredded tail, like somone took a razor to it and just sliced it like a ripped flag. He is not thin like the other one. I did see one of the smaller sparking G's chase him, this is weird to me bcse all the other fish are fine so it can't be anything except what's going on with them.
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:26 AM   #3
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are you sure they are sparkling goramie ? some stores sell croaking as sparkling
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are you sure they are sparkling goramie ? some stores sell croaking as sparkling
I got them from Rachel O. as Sparkling gourami, I thought they were the same fish. I actually once heard a croaking sound come from the tank when I first got them.
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just googled them, looks like I have croaking gourami's, a bit bigger then sparkling and the side striping is a bit different.

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I have a pair T. schalleri and they never seem to fight. They are almost always near one another. They are super shy fish and I almost never see them in my 45 gallon cube. I've not appreciated their croak either...
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Mating season?

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how large of a tank are they in ? is it well planted ?
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I have a pair T. schalleri and they never seem to fight. They are almost always near one another. They are super shy fish and I almost never see them in my 45 gallon cube. I've not appreciated their croak either...
Mine aren't shy at all. They are always swimming around and come to the top when they see me. And I liked that, I thought having a tank with small fish was maybe not going to be so great. They seem very outgoing.

To answer another question they are in a 40g breeder. planted and with a nice piece of wood. Plenty of space to get away from each other.
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I'm just going to keep an eye on them and hope for the best. I've had them for a while and they always stayed together. The one I put in the breeder box is still alive, I fed him a few nano pellets this morning and he/she ate them. I'll see what the other one looks like and if he's not doing well( and he's the biggest out of the bunch) I'll take him out too. Thanks
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i purchased the same from rachel but they croaked which shocked me in the beginning

They can act a bit fussy with each other but nothing along the lines of how cichlids behave. Are there other tankmates which would pick on them?
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i purchased the same from rachel but they croaked which shocked me in the beginning

They can act a bit fussy with each other but nothing along the lines of how cichlids behave. Are there other tankmates which would pick on them?

No, no one in that tank would bother them. In fact sometimes they swim along with the R. Espei and Gertrude P. (iriani reds), the rest are punctatus cory's and pygmeous cory's. Oh, a pair of blue finned kribs but they're on the bottom, the gouramis stay pretty much to the top/mid area. I only heard the croaking once at the beginning, I'm not around much maybe they're morning croakers
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If the kribs are in mating mode, they will attack anything in sight.
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If the kribs are in mating mode, they will attack anything in sight.
That is true, but all the fish know it and they all stay to one side of the tank and don't go near the fry. The kribs do have fry a few weeks old now. But honestly I don't think it's them because the fish stay away when there's babies in the tank.
I was going to ask this question later but I'll ask it now.
Can I take baby kribs away from the mother and put in another tank to grow out? Or does mom have to go with them?
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Yes you can take them and put them in a grow out tank. I have 5 of these little guys in my 46 and they stay away from each other most of the time. I do notice from time to time a nipped tail though so it may very well be infighting between them they seem to have territories in my tank I always see the same ones in the same areas of my tank.
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