Bullying & now breeding Dwarf Gourami

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Postby MightyDOB » 2007-04-04 19:40

Hi all, if you have chanced upon my other post, you will know I first had 2 male Dwarfs which faught, so I got rid of one, and on Sunday I got him a female. Well the fighting between the 2 males as it turns out is nothing compared to the male chasing and nipping the female. I have left them a few days to see if they get used to each other and the female hides away most of the time. Now the newest development is they seem to be breeding.

The male is still chasing and nipping the female but he has also built a bubble nest and every now and then she goes up to him and rolls around under the nest, then he chaises her off, and in a bit it will happen again. I understand that chasing is all part of the courting, and a few articles have said it is nothing to worry about, and fin nipping will happen but to just watch her condition:

This artical is particullay good:
<a href='http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/gourami/dwarf.php' target='_blank'>http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/gourami/dwarf.php</a>

And this one mentions about the nipping:
<a href='http://en.allexperts.com/q/Fish-1472/dwarf-gourami-breeding.htm' target='_blank'>http://en.allexperts.com/q/Fish-1472/dwarf...mi-breeding.htm</a>

I have arranged to remove the female to a friend tank if needs be, she has a kissing Gourami which I hoe will not be a problem but no other choices. My main problem is I am going away for a couple of days tomorrow afternoon, and I am now worried about leaving them especially if they have spawned and the male gets mega aggressive.

Kind of wish I had just left the male on his own now tbh as he was very peaceful. Any advice would be appreciated, mainly I suppose should I take her round to my friends tonight.
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-04-04 21:36

Kissing gouramis get very large compared to dwarfs, so it's a no no if the kissing gourami is adult, but if it's a youngster of no more then 5cm, they should be fine together for a time.

I reckon that once your fish spawn, the male will hopefully take care of the little ones rather then go looking for the female and the female will no longer be wanting to breed because she would not be full of eggs (at least for a while).

You can leave the female in, but I would advise you to make more hiding places by (for example) adding some ceramic flower pots (without holes, or with large holes - so fish can't get stuck in them) to the set up.
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-04-05 11:41

as K said add as many hide-outs as you can.

If you want encourage breeding try adding some floating plants.

btw Dob I havn't had a tank pic from you for the totm *hint hint
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Postby MightyDOB » 2007-04-07 23:04

whoops sorry forgot to reply to post before I went on Thurs. Thanks for replies well still away but off back home tomorrow. They had calmed down a bit before I left and male definitley seemed to be guarding the bubble nest so quite excited to see whats going on when I go back tomorrow.

I did speak to a LFS as they rang me about some more Khulies (I don't know you can find any, and then loads come along at once!). I asked them about Male and female dwarfs and they said that what they do, and the females are used to it so don't worry too much.

Anyway will let ya know how things are going tommorrow.

ta again :tup:
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