Dwarf gourami powder blue male or female?

Kalaaidit

Hey! I bought this dwarf gourami from a local fish store as a female but have recently seen some behavior normal to male dg. For example the fish tries to collect parts of some plants to the surface. I tried to google about the gender but couldn’t come to any conclusion about the gender. I would like to know if it is a male or a female so if some of you could help me figure out the gender of my dg it would be great. Thank you in advance!
 

grac3

looks like a male to me
 
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Cjl

Can anyone tell me if this dg is female
 
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Dunk2

Female Dwarf Gourami are not colorful. Kinda grayish in color and much harder to find than males.

You may know this, but 2 males in the same tank often doesn’t end well.
 
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Cjl

Female Dwarf Gourami are not colorful. Kinda grayish in color and much harder to find than males.

You may know this, but 2 males in the same tank often doesn’t end well.
Yeah this my my problem i got sold 3 by the pet shop and they told me they are more calm in 3s but i have 1 that is a bully and am now looking for someone to take him and or females to put in to distract them
 
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Dunk2

Yeah this my my problem i got sold 3 by the pet shop and they told me they are more calm in 3s but i have 1 that is a bully and am now looking for someone to take him and or females to put in to distract them

What size tank are they in?

I don’t know this for sure, but here’s my guess. . . The fish you refer to as the bully is the most dominant of the 3. If you get rid of the bully, one of the remaining 2 is going to become dominant over the other. So you’ll have the same issues, just one less fish.

I always recommend 1 male Dwarf Gourami per tank.
 
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Falena

That is indeed a male and the behaviour you're seeing is nesting behaviour. Dwarf gourami are bubble nesters and they often add plants to the nest
Is he alone?
Yeah this my my problem i got sold 3 by the pet shop and they told me they are more calm in 3s but i have 1 that is a bully and am now looking for someone to take him and or females to put in to distract them
That definitely is a male
The store probably told you that dwarf gouramis do best in 3s because gourami are very sociable and have a strict social hierarchy.
Hower, in many cases that 3 would only consist of one male. And with dwarfs especially, they can be notoroiously territorial and aggressive.
I've had some success keeping them in a pair or trio ( one male and one female or 1 male 2 females in a heavily planted tank no less than 30 gallons) but it doesn't always work out that way either, its really dependant on the individual fish.
Multiple males, unfortunately is a disaster waiting to happen
 
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