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Old 02-15-2004, 01:19 AM   #1
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Hello--
I just moved my powder blue dwarf gourami to my planted tank today and it looks like he's munchin' down! :shock:
I just planted these buggers a week ago! If I have to I will move him out.
Is this common for dwarf gouramis?

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Old 02-15-2004, 06:52 AM   #2
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Mine used to eat elodea and any rotting plant leaves like pices of val... now it just rips thin rootlike thingies off to build nests with, still quite destructive... very good at uprooting plants...
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Old 02-15-2004, 01:02 PM   #3
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Yes-- that's what he's doing! There's a plant in there that kinda looks like rotala indica but it's red. Some of the leaves are starting to look rugged and he's pretty much eaten all of them. I really liked that plant too. He picks at my cabomba also. I guess I should take him out? Bummer too cuz he looks so pretty in there.
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Old 02-16-2004, 07:29 AM   #4
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I have learned to tolerate mine, at least I have fry to show for my patience. As I said, they only eat leaves that are dead allready...
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Old 02-16-2004, 01:13 PM   #5
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Well he's still in my tank, and seems he's just picking on the leaves that are starting to fall off. I will keep an eye on him but hopefully after the plants recover from being planted he won't bother them anymore. Thank you for your replies, they have at least helped me to understand what to expect!

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Old 02-16-2004, 09:17 PM   #6
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watch out for when his faces turns deep purple... then your plants better hide, he wont kill them, only use them temporarily... (i.e you can have em back after 5 days)
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Old 02-17-2004, 12:18 AM   #7
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What??!
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His face turns deep purple bluish , when he gets readyto build his nest..
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ok--That's what I thought you were talking about, but wasn't so sure!

So far no more munchin plants. Do you think fish understand "NO!"? Guess they're nothing like dogs!

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Quite fun little fish though, have you tried dangling a bloodworm over the water yet? They spit like archerfish....
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NO WAY!!!! Sounds like fun!
He tries to eat my arm hairs all the time....
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Quite fun little fish though, have you tried dangling a bloodworm over the water yet? They spit like archerfish....
really
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YES, REALLY, JUST TRY IT
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