Female pearl gourami Friendly or bossy?

K3nzie

Hey everyone!
I’m reaching out today for some assistance in assessing the behavior of my female pearl gourami. I currently have a Asian biome inspired 36gal planted tank with some cherry barbs and harlequin rasboras. Up until a few days ago I had a single pearl gourami female for about 2 weeks, I just added another female to the tank and it’s taking her a bit to come out of her shell. She spends most her time hiding in the plants or by the heater. My more established female will occasionally come over and nip at her and swim with her but I’m not familiar with gourami behavior (first time owner) and I have no idea if she’s trying to help her explore or bullying her. I attached some video if anyone has an idea!
p.s. I have not seen any visible marks from her nipping and she never goes after any of the smaller fish
(if anyone knows how to add video rather than pictures please lmk :emoji_sweat_smile:)
Here are photos of them
 

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kansas

I'm pretty low tech but you could post to youtube and put a link here.
 
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ProudPapa

Most gouramis are social fish, and will establish a hierarchy. It may seem counter intuitive, but it out persists the best solution may be to add one or two more.

That will spread out aggression so the dominant fish isn't focused on just one other.
 
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K3nzie

Here is an awful quality video of the behavior, it was worse during feeding but once I brought out the camera she stopped
Most gouramis are social fish, and will establish a hierarchy. It may seem counter intuitive, but it out persists the best solution may be to add one or two more.

That will spread out aggression so the dominant fish isn't focused on just one other.
As I only have a 36gal I’m only planning on getting one more, would a male or female be better?
 
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ProudPapa

Here is an awful quality video of the behavior, it was worse during feeding but once I brought out the camera she stopped

As I only have a 36gal I’m only planning on getting one more, would a male or female be better?

If you're sure you have two females it might be best to get a male, but either one would probably be okay.
 
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