Gender Of Fish?

Shannah

Member
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!
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BeanFish

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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 aggressive 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.
 
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Shannah

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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
 

yukondog

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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?
 

BottomDweller

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Welcome to fishlore!

I'm pretty sure the DG is male, not sure about the shark.
 
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Shannah

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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
 

CrazedHoosier

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Shannah said:
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
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!
 
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Shannah

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CrazedHoosier said:
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!
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?
 

CrazedHoosier

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Shannah said:
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?
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.
 

yukondog

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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.
 
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Shannah

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

yukondog said:
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.
Thank you! I may add another DG sometime in the future, what two DG's do you have together?
 

RyleighJ

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CrazedHoosier said:
I filled the water up too high in her tank when I was in a hurry.
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)
 

_IceFyre_

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RyleighJ said:
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)
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.
 

RyleighJ

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IceFyre1414 said:
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.
Thank you! I'm glad I asked; I never would have known that.
 

_IceFyre_

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RyleighJ said:
Thank you! I'm glad I asked; I never would have known that.
Happy to help There's nothing wrong with asking for extra information, it could save your fish's life someday
 

MikeRad89

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

Most species of gourami, on the other hand, can.
 
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Shannah

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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
 

Nart

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

Where did you purchase your DG from?
 
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Shannah

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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
 

Nart

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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.
 
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Shannah

Member
As I type this, I'm looking at white stringy poop on him right now ):
 

Nart

Member
Sorry - don't mean to scare you.
I just saw that you got it recently too, stress could cause it as well. Other things that can cause it is constipation, bacterial infection, and internal parasites. But it looks like it poops often so far, so that should rule out constipation.

It's really hard to say exactly what they have. Typically for me, when I used to get fishes from Petco/Petsmart I do a quarantine de-wormer, and bacteria medication right off the bat just because they were more prone to getting that.

By the way, what's your water parameters looking like?
 
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Shannah

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I just got some peas and tried to feed it to him, which he would eat over and over and then spit out. I'm trying to rule out everything else before I medicate him for something he may not have. I'm not seeing any white string poop from the rainbow shark. But next time if I choose to buy another fish from there I will do so cautiously.
I'm currently working on buying a actual water testing kit, as I only have strips right now. I stupidly didn't research before I bought my fish & listened to the people at petsmart. So now I'm trying to cycle with my fish in, I know I'm "harmful" in ammonia, so I've been doing daily 25%, sometimes 50% water changes and adding ammonia remover. Would you like me to post a pic with the test strip results for ph and nitrates and such?
 
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