Aggressive or Courting?

Discussion in 'Gouramis' started by DanMk, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. DanMk

    DanMkValued MemberMember

    Recently I've added some floating plants to the corner of one of my tanks to give the gouramis some shade. Initially it was fine for the first few days, but today I noticed that the male would like touch mouths with the females and then chase them across the tank. I'm not sure if he is being territorial because the guppies kinda just do their own thing near the plants and he doesn't seem to care. Would it be that he is preparing to mate? His belly also became really red recently.
     
  2. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Bumping this up for you
     
  3. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Could you place a pic of male and female ? "Kissing" often is agression (with gouramis).
     




    Last edited: Jun 15, 2016
  4. OP
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    DanMk

    DanMkValued MemberMember

    I'll try to get one tmrw I've been out from day till night the last 2 days haha
     




  5. aliray

    alirayFishlore VIPMember

    The gourami from what I read like to make their bubble nest using floating plants, so it could very well be breeding behavior. I agree could you post a picture of each of them ? Alison:;hi1
     
  6. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    They do.
     
  7. OP
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    DanMk

    DanMkValued MemberMember

    https://vimeo.com/171027573
    That's a really short video f basically what happens.
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    It was hard to grab a photo.
    Btw I do have two females.
     
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  8. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Think the man is ready to mate, but doubt if he is able to build a bubblenest. Try to add some floaters I'd say
     
  9. OP
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    DanMk

    DanMkValued MemberMember

    Do you know if hydrophila can grow floating?? Also I added some frog bit today.
     
  10. Aquaphobia

    AquaphobiaFishlore LegendMember

    Yes. I've grown both H. difformis and H. polysperma planted in the substrate and floating;)
     
  11. OP
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    DanMk

    DanMkValued MemberMember

    image
    So I woke up to that. Is it a bubble best or a coincidence because bubbles usually don't gather in my tank
     
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  12. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Looks like a first attemp
     
  13. Aquaphobia

    AquaphobiaFishlore LegendMember

    Anywhere that leaves break the surface is a place where the water doesn't move as readily and bubbles can coalesce. It's also where fish like yours will choose to build their nest because the bubbles are less likely to be dispersed. It does kind of look like a nest to me:)
     
  14. OP
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    DanMk

    DanMkValued MemberMember

    Sweet! I'll be adding more floating plants as soon as I can!
     




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