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Old 01-26-2012, 12:48 AM   #1
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Dwarf Gouramis Beware!


So after searching for appropriate fish for planted tanks I decided to try some Dwarf Gouramis. I am seriously regretting this descision! I wish someone had warned about the fact that they like to eat and rip out plants! I hadn't seen anyone mention this. I am not sure if it is just the plants I have but they like to rip up and eat the Dwarf Hairgrass, Bacopa, Rotala wallichii, and Micro Sword (Lilaeopsis brasiliensis), Hygrophila corymbosa stricta (Compacta). The only plants they seem to leave alone is a Echinodorus argentinensis (Argentine Sword) and Java Fern. I want to get rid of them but the store won't take the back and I feel bad euthanizing them. I fixed my tank yesterday and they already made a new mess for me to fix by this afternoon. This tank is new and I am never going to get anything established when it is being ripped up and chewed up every day! Not sure why the font is changing as I type sorry for this.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:18 AM   #2
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Get a net breeder. Most fish stores have them. You can keep the gouramis in there until you decide what to do with them.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:29 AM   #3
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Hmm.... In the 5 years I had my dwarf, it never once touched the plants, and I have many of the ones you have listed, have you tried giving algae tabs or flake? they will usually go for plants if they are not getting enough vegi in their diet.
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:12 AM   #4
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Never had this problem when I had one. I have heard of them adding some plant bits to their bubble nests, but mine never did. Never bothered any plant. Loved my Dwarf Gourami until he passed.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:09 AM   #5
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I have two dwarfs and have never seen either of them touch any of my plants. Almost sounds like their diet is lacking. As asked up there what do you feed them and how mcuh?
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:55 AM   #6
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Um, no offence, but are you sure you got Dwarf Gouramis?
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Mine loves to eat Staurogene!
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Advertise them on Craigslist if the store won't take them back.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:48 PM   #9
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So after just replanting a Bacopia stem that I already replanted last night.... Yup I'm sure they are dwarf Gouramis, two powder blue and one regular ( I got 2 regulars, but one died in a couple days after getting it). I haven't had them very long but they have been eating algae wafers, a little bit of flakes and I bought a multi pack of frozen food that has 4 different selections. I've been giving them little chunks off each selection each evening. They sure do like to eat! I was thinking of those in tank breeders, I'll need 3 and I suppose that will be the only thing to do is offer them on Craigslist. I think I'll have to add a warning that they are the first ever Gourami that like to tear apart plants!! They haven't been making bubble nests just constantly nibbling on the plants I find half eaten leaves floating and chunks of plants especially Hairgrass, with roots still attached. It is very saddening, I thought I was really going to enjoy these guys!

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Old 01-26-2012, 01:50 PM   #10
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I've got a pearl gourami that tears up my dwarf baby tears. I think hes just looking for food in them, as he doesn't eat them.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:22 PM   #11
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Here's a pic of them...


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Old 01-26-2012, 02:26 PM   #12
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https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-k...8/100_0537.JPG

Let me know which one worked

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Old 01-26-2012, 02:29 PM   #13
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Quote:
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mine loves to eat staurogyne!
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:59 PM   #14
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We've kept gouramis for about 50 years and I've seen this many times. Usually they pick at the plants to build a bubble nest for breading. You may not even have a female for the male to "think" he needs to do it.

Try lowering the temp in the tank. We would raise the water temp when we wanted to induce breeding. The two things that can trigger the breeding instinct in fish is a big water change or raising the temperature. It's sort of like a change of season.
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:43 PM   #15
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had a powder blue one that use to pick at my rotala but tbh honest he almost just looked liked he was suckin the leaves in his mouth just to taste them lol , never did much damage but i did end up adoptin him out to a friends tank ^^
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