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Old 01-27-2012, 03:21 AM   #16
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Thanks for the info about lowering the temp. I did do a 40% water change and the temp. was at 80 F That did seem right before the evening of heaviest destruction that I have seen. I thought they were just getting comfortable. What temp. do you recommend? I also have Neon Tetras in there.

It seems the worst of the three is one of the powder blue ones here too! At first I thought he was just sucking algae off then I started seeing the tops of the Rotala floating around in the tank and the plant has become much shorter.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:26 AM   #17
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I've had 2 in my community tank for 6 months, and they munch at the plants every once in a while, but have never actually destroyed or uprooted anything. Interesting.
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:35 PM   #18
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So I've been trying to give them algae wafers in the morning. I originally bought them for my shrimp but the Gouramis seem to love them. Like I had said before this is a new tank so I was doing lots of large water changes and trying to only feed once a day to keep the nitrite level below .25 ppm. Without all the water changes, giving them extra algae wafers and getting the temp. a little lower is helping to keep them from destroying everything. I'll give them some time before I decide to get rid of them.
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:02 AM   #19
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Good to hear, hopefully they become nice and peaceful for the plants soon. Mine also love algae tabs that I drop in for my shrimp.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:20 PM   #20
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I am still finding huge chunks of plants in the tank This really stinks, I really like the Gouramis. Does any one think Pearl Gouramis would be any different?
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:51 PM   #21
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You'll probably have the same likelihood of running into the problem--some do, some don't. I never ran across it when researching the fish, only when I actually put in a search command for pearl gouramis with plants.

I have 3 in QT right now waiting to join the main tank--they're not touching the hornwort in there with them, so hopefully, they'll leave the rest alone. One of the tips I read recently was to give them something like cucumber at the top of their tank to distract them...it's worked for several folks I've read about, since Pearls are very much top dwellers. Not so sure about the Dwarfs, though. That sucks, though. Uncooperative fish.
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i have 6 gourami, 2 opaline 2 kissing and 2 golden never seen them touch any of my plants at all ahah u must just be unlucky do u have alot of suface agitation in the tank??
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:49 PM   #23
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I've got 1 powder blue in a 10 gal with plants. He only picks the algae off them occasionally. You really should not be having problems with them. I wonder if having more than one Gourami could be your problem. Not sure, but just throwing it out there.
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i have six and thier fine with no problem just a strange fish maybe ahah
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It's been a while since I posted this, but thought I'd update. I'm down to one Powder Blue Gourami at this point. I just lost the other one a few weeks ago. The eating of the plants has settled down. He just seems to nibble the Bacopia a little, mostly picking algae off stuff. Although he did a number on my microsword that had been doing quite well until he mowed it down. They did build bubble nests(using half of my dwarf hairgrass ) at one point but I have airstones in the corners that they built them, that come on at night when the lights shut off. So the nests got ruined every night that they built them and I think they finally gave up. So for some reason the Gourami loved to eat that Rotala. Literally ate both clumps I had down to little stems. He would even snap the stems off. At one point they ate my Hygrophylia almost to nothing but that one grows pretty quick for me and I was able to cut the tips of the remaining plants and re root them.
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i have 6 gourami, 2 opaline 2 kissing and 2 golden never seen them touch any of my plants at all ahah u must just be unlucky do u have alot of suface agitation in the tank??
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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.
Thank you, I was wondering what made my fish horny. I changed their water and two days later I have 2 big bubble nests with plant matter, and I'm wondering why in the world I have 2 horny gouramis. I was thinking it was the blood worm diet....
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I played with water temp too...oops my bad. None of the others (fish/inverts) appear horny though... maybe my ghost shrimp....
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I've had my fish less than 2 weeks (the gouramis). The rest I've had about 1 yr. Already, the gouramis want to mate, but their colors are AMAZING!!!
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:46 PM   #30
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I have a stauro carpet starting up and my dwarf gourami does not mess with it.
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