Gender Of Fish?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Shannah, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. ShannahNew MemberMember

    Hello all!
    I've had my fish for a couple of days now, & I'm already incredibly fascinated by them! I was wondering if anyone can tell the gender of my rainbow shark & blue dwarf gourami?
    Also, I feed my gourami as much as he can eat in a couple of minutes, but it seems like he's still hungry and asking for more at the glass when he sees I'm around, is this normal? He tries to eat everything, including my finger! Lol
    Thanks in advance!
  2. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    As far as I know the dorsal fin of a male Gourami is bigger and overall "prettier" than the one of a female Gourami. Kind of like Mollys. Your Gourami is probably young tho and you may have to wait a little bit before jumping on conclusions.
    I don't know how to sex Rainbow sharks but I do know that they get quite big (15 cm) and can get quite territorial and agressive when they reach maturity so you should read about that and make sure you are giving him a proper house so problems don't arise.
    Some fish have pretty amazing personalities, he probably isn't begging for food haha. And even if he is begging you don't want to overfeed, even if he eats it all.
  3. ShannahNew MemberMember

    Thank you for your reply! I have researched extensively about the rainbow shark, he's got a huge rock he loves to hideout in and some caves, and I'm sure he will be getting more additions as time goes on! I do believe I got lucky w/ the Gourami as I know they are shy, but he seems to want attention as he's always following me around the tank lol
  4. yukondogWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to the forum, the shark I have no idea the DG looks like it might be a male but hard to see, if it has a lot of color to it it's probably a male, can you get a better picture of it, maybe from the side?
  5. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to fishlore!

    I'm pretty sure the DG is male, not sure about the shark.
  6. ShannahNew MemberMember

    Thank you all so much for your replies! I had a feeling the gourami was male, but the shark I really have no idea about!
    Here's a better side view: IMG_1635.JPG
  7. CrazedHoosierWell Known MemberMember

    A very beautiful male! How's his temper? I had a male once who was very peaceful, but then I got a female who terrorized every fish in my tank!
  8. ShannahNew MemberMember

    Thank you very much, I got him about five days ago & he's really grown on me! The first day or two he was at the bottom hiding in plants and only came out for food, he also danced around the rainbow shark and lunged him at him a couple times & got pretty territorial but they now tolerate each other! My DG has also become very curious the past 3 days, and when I'm around the tank for a couple of hours a day (sometimes more) he just follows my every move, lol! They're very interesting fish, and I love how they all have different personalities! How did you handle the female that terrorized everyone?
  9. CrazedHoosierWell Known MemberMember

    She got her own tank for most of her life. I thought she was immortal for most of her life. She beat up a male paradise fish! She unfortunately died from my mistake. I filled the water up too high in her tank when I was in a hurry.
  10. yukondogWell Known MemberMember

    Nice looking male DG, I have a male and female together in a 40 gal. that get along with everybody so far. Finding a female was the hard part.
  11. ShannahNew MemberMember

    Oh no! We all learn from our mistakes though. Maybe her plan all along was to be mean and get her own tank, haha!

    Thank you! I may add another DG sometime in the future, what two DG's do you have together?
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  12. RyleighJValued MemberMember

    Might be slightly off topic, but what do you mean/how did filling the tank up too high kill her? (I'm fairly new to fishkeeping and trying to make as few mistakes as possible)
  13. _IceFyre_Well Known MemberMember

    Paradise fish are labyrinth fish that need to access air from the surface to breath, so if you filled the tank up too close to the lid any labyrinth fish could drown:( Bettas and gouramis are also labyrinth fish.
  14. RyleighJValued MemberMember

    Thank you! I'm glad I asked; I never would have known that.
  15. _IceFyre_Well Known MemberMember

    Happy to help:) There's nothing wrong with asking for extra information, it could save your fish's life someday:)
  16. MikeRad89Well Known MemberMember

    Betta splendens is not an obligate air breather, they cannot drown.

    Most species of gourami, on the other hand, can.
  17. ShannahNew MemberMember

    Good afternoon!
    I woke up today to find white AND brown stringy poop coming from my DG. Does anyone know if this is a parasite, or..? IMG_1646.JPG
  18. NartWell Known MemberMember

    What do you feed your DG? It doesn't look too out of the norm.

    Where did you purchase your DG from?
  19. ShannahNew MemberMember

    I got him from petsmart (I know, bad idea) but he was so lovely I had to get him! They've only been fed topfin tropical flakes
  20. NartWell Known MemberMember

    Keep an eye on it. Hopefully you don't see any white only stringy poop. If you do, then it might be a sign of parasite.

    Lol. We've all started off getting fishes from Petco/Petsmart, eventually it was a hard lesson learned for me.