Chocolate Gourami Advise To Make Them Happier

Discussion in 'Gouramis' started by sarah.grobbelaar, May 20, 2019.

  1. sarah.grobbelaarNew MemberMember

    I was just wondering if anyone has an experience with chocolate gourami’s?
    I have 5, they are in 110ltr with lots of plants, floating plants, Indian almond leaves for a nice tea stain colour, bog wood ect. Low ph & small water changes. They’re awesome!
    I was hoping for advise on how to make them even happier? Does anyone buy vitamins in the water? Any keeping tips would be appreciated.
  2. Redshark1Fishlore VIPMember

    The one and only time I've seen them discussed on here the poster was advised not to get them.

    I believe they are considered fragile, so may be a challenging species best reserved for those people who are prepared to try and meet their exacting requirements.

    You sound like that kind of person and I wish you all the best with this beautiful fish.

    I've had one but I made the mistake of looking at it once and it dropped dead.
  3. CrispiiWell Known MemberMember

    I never seen chocolate gouramis in person. However, I heard that this fish is sensitive to water quality and can be picky eaters.
  4. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    I would not add vitamins to the water. It doesn't really work in most instances. Vitamins generally have to be ingested, but unless you have seen specific recommendations for this species, I would not do it.

    It sounds like you have given them a very good habitat, and if they are fed good live foods it is very likely that they will do well. The volume of the tank is adequate, so long as it is a long tank rather than a tall. They are mouthbrooders, but the cover plants will certainly make them more comfortable. Temperatures should be in the upper 70s F (24-27C). I made the error of keeping them well over 80, which is too warm.
  5. sarah.grobbelaarNew MemberMember

    Thank you for your advice. They’re fab fish & they’re my favourite tank to watch with a coffee when the kids are in bed!
    I’m pretty sure one female has a batch as she hasn’t eaten in a week & her mouth is puffed. They love flual bug bites, frozen & live food.
    I’ll stay away from adding vitamins
    Thank you for your comments
  6. sarah.grobbelaarNew MemberMember

    They are but worth the extra effort. Tank bred don’t seem to be funny with food...never bought wild caught ones but am sure they are
  7. kallililly1973Well Known MemberMember

    Can we see them :)
  8. sarah.grobbelaarNew MemberMember

    Sure They come begging as soon as I sit down!!

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  9. kallililly1973Well Known MemberMember

    Awww those look amazing!! Nice job!!
  10. sarah.grobbelaarNew MemberMember

    Thank you xx
  11. FishcatWell Known MemberMember

    Beautiful, both the fish and the tank.
  12. sarah.grobbelaarNew MemberMember

    Thank you