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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2019, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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I just wanted to share 2 new chocolate gouramis I got special ordered a few days ago. These things are so tiny and cute!


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 11:57 PM
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Never seen those before very cool looking!
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Yes, they are really beautiful, once they'll grow up and fully acclimate to the tank, their coloring will become better: deep chocolate with bright gold stripes, white (and, on some of them, red borders on the fins).

Here are some photos of some of mine, these are adults. Interesting that unlike @Starwarsfan gouramis, these pretty much don't have a horizontal stripe - it is barely noticeable on some of them, mostly not present at all.
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Yes, they are really beautiful, once they'll grow up and fully acclimate to the tank, their coloring will become better: deep chocolate with bright gold stripes, white (and, on some of them, red borders on the fins).

Here are some photos of some of mine, these are adults. Interesting that unlike @Starwarsfan gouramis, these pretty much don't have a horizontal stripe - it is barely noticeable on some of them, mostly not present at all.
Those are some beautiful chocolates you have. I love the coloring on the fins of yours. Hopefully mine with color up like that. I wasn't sure if I was getting the cross band chocolate gouramis or not but I'm glad I did and that their cross band are so defined. How old are yours? Also what do you feed them? Mine don't seem to be interested in flakes and at their present size they seem to have a bit of trouble eating bloodworms. They are accepting frozen brine shrimp well though.
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They should color up. Those on the previous photos are about 5 years old.
But I have some that are just a few months old, here are two of the young ones together with two adult ones:
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Young ones - one is in front and another on the right (seen together with its reflection in the glass, near badis) - are about 1/3 of the size of the adults, their stripes are more white than gold, tail fin is transparent. The one in front seems nearly as big as adults simply because it is much closer to the camera.


I used to feed them various frozen Hikari food (brine shrimp, spirulina brine shrimp, daphnia, bloodworms, mysis shrimp) and NLS pellets (1-1.5 mm size). Occasionally live blackworms. They were gladly eating all of this (mysis shrimp was probably the least favorite though).


A few months ago I've started culturing grindal worms and since when it is mostly grindal (and fruit fly larva that unfortunately grows in my grindal cultures in abundance) exclusively simply because now they refuse to eat frozen food and pellets - the same food they were happy with for years before...

BTW, tank water is prepared from RO to achieve 0.25 dKH and 2 dGH.
In the tank TDS ~ 80-110, pH ~6.4, temperature ~76F.
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