Help Pearl gourami breeding

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I have two pearl gouramis, one has it's full breeding colours and the other looks as if it's swelling with eggs, but it's got a lining of orange on its bottom fin. if it's swelling with eggs how long until the male will build the bubble nest?
 

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He should soon start gathering bits of plants and building a bubble nest in one of the corners of the tank.
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Ok, so how do you tell if she is swelling with eggs? And is she even a female if shes got that line of orenge? Thanks
 

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If she is filling with eggs she will look like she has swallowed a pea
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welcome to fishlore(If I haven't already)
I'm concerned with the orange....make sure its not red from ammonia...when was the tank started? ....do you know your tank readings for ammonia/nitrites/nitrates? you have angels, mollies, and 2 pearls in a 13g tank and that is a concern that its more of an aggression issue than breeding as that tank is severely overstocked unfortunately......getting a pic might help us more good luck with things!
 

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Good catch Shawnie! I was reading 50 gallon duh! That definitely isn't big enough.

When the gouramis do breed they will most likely kill everybody else in such a small tank. They are very aggressive when spawning.

I believe the male is the one that get the orange on him when he is in breeding colors. are you sure you have male and female?
This is a pic of pearl gouramis in breeding colors

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so the female doesn't have any colouration on her? even if it looks like shes got eggs??
 
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hang on, just checked that site, that's exactly wat my pair look like. But how come he isn't building the bubble nest??
 

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