Animal Stories - Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami

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The pretty Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami is an attractive and hardy fish, enjoyed by both the beginner and the advanced aquarist!
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Avni - 2016-03-27
i just got two blue gourami in my bowl. earlier they were calm but suddenly one of them started chasing the other and after a whie it changed it colour and turned black.I am not even sure if they are male or female.Please tell me if this is a matter to worry?

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  • Eric - 2021-11-16
    Color change is likely due to stress. Not sure how big your "bowl" is but you might want to consider a larger tank or adding plants, driftwood, and rocks to create hiding spaces.
Carlie - 2018-07-24
I have a male powder blue dwarf gourami and I think he is sick I just cleaned his tank and now he is sinking to the bottom but he is still breathing and he isn’t moving around a lot he is the only fish in the tank and he is only one year old. Someone please help me I love him so much.

Brian - 2018-06-21
I have a powder blue dwarf gourami that is in a 20 gallon tank with just one male molly. There were 6 danios also but this was just a holding tank while my new 55 gallon cycled with stability. My gourami started hiding and not eating much if at all. I have since moved all the danios into the 55 gallon but my gourami is still just hiding and not eating and staying towards bottom of tank. The danios were not in the tank long maybe two weeks and I did multiple water changes to keep the amonioa level down. Everything is testing good but still not much any ideas??

karen - 2015-04-23
Hi I have a 190 l tank and 2 red dwarf male gouramis and 2 what i was told was the female silver , as well as 8 tetras 2 swordtails and 1 redtailed black shark and bristlenose, my question is my 2 silver blue gouramis have always been at the top of the tank, usually in a corner, but for the last few days they are standing straight up, then yesterday they started to float sink to the bottom and sit staight up on their tails, this morning they were on their sides but when i moved them they swam to the top and hung there, they have since died i think, as i took them to my local petshop and he was going to take them home, is this contagious to my tank

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-04-26
    It sounds like you may have water quality problems with your tank. Although it is a very large amount of water, and few fish, there is some reason your gouramis started having these problems. I would do a fairly large water change, make sure and use a water conditioner to remove chlorine and chloramines, and then check the ammonia and pH levels.
  • Vicky - 2016-07-12
    I have a 60 gallon tank housed with 2 angel fish, 2 kissing Gourami, 3 gold gourami, 2 bala sharks afew plattys and a rainbow shark. Everyone got along great and I added the powder blue dwarf gourami 2 day's ago. The next morning,I noticed ot had an open flesh wound near the right gill. I removed it ans put it alone in my hospital tank and I'm treating it for 7 days with Melafix. Hope it works. Obviously someone didn't like the nrw addition😕
Lori - 2011-08-29
I have had 5 Powder Blue Gouramis and they looked good, but they start to get thin and then die. They are eating, don't show signs of disease, then they get listless and die with in days. I have a healthy 55 gallon tank, lots of plants and hiding places. I have Angels, Parrots, Kissing Gouramis, Tetras and Barbs. They all seem to get along, with some spats, but nothing constant. Any suggestions?

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  • Harry - 2012-01-23
    How big is your angel? I have gourami and angel mixed tank and to begin with it was a struggle angels at time can be very aggressive
    Especially when fully grown!!
  • daryl - 2012-02-16
    I have the same problem and the same size tank. My other dwarf Gouramis do great just the powder blues are having a problem.. Wonder what is going on no signs of disease.
  • ben - 2013-07-14
    Hello we got a powder blue dwarf gourami a week ago and everything was fine until earlier today it seems to be having problems staying a float... side fins and tail fin was going like 90 miles an hour and it was barely moving and looked like it was breathing hard or having trouble breathing. And it looks like its tail fin is deformed or something like its tail fin and under belly fin are all in one... we have a red dwarf gourami for a month or more now and it's just fine and looks normal.
  • Linda - 2014-07-28
    I had to stop buying the dwarf gouramis, especially the powder blue ones, which I love. I was told that there is a specific disease that the dwarf gouramis get with some regularity and there was nothing to do about it. They have a weakness for it and when they developed the dwarfs of some of these, they would most often end up with it. A local pet store chain told me she hadn't heard that, but she wasn't well trained either. I decided to wait until someone figured out how to breed these fish without this disease shortening their life. Sorry I am no help except to say, about everyone that has them has told me the same thing although I haven't checked lately to see if these has been any progress.
  • Frank Delany - 2014-10-26
    Sounds like Intestinal Parscites.....see disease chart for remedy
  • Berenice Hickey - 2020-05-18
    It is likely dwarf gourami disease. They have been over bred in Asia with this result.
victor - 2014-10-16
Hi I have a blue dwarf gourami which was introduced in my aquarium where i had 2 clown loaches and a sword tail, black tail. i have noticed that the sword tail nips at him when i've put him in and since then is just hiding on the bottom of the tank. Later i've introduced another red gourami ,but his behaviour is still the same,he's not coming up for feeding is just eating plants.Is there anything i can do to help him to become more sociable? please help me

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    Having plenty of plants and hiding places can help.
shay - 2014-08-15
I have a powder blue gourami, I'm guessing it a boy since most walmarts don't sell females. I've got him in a ten gallon tank with three barbs, he's very peaceful, eats all the time and likes to swim all over the tank. I do have one barb that likes to nip at his fins every so often which leads to him trying to hide, but not a lot. My issue is on the bottom of his belly and the tip of the fin under his belly he has turned dark blue. I seen it before and it faded back to his normal silver/blue color but this time its been all day. He is still acting the same and eating the same I'm just worried it might not be normal.... What do I do please someone help me out. I've got it heated to 78_80. Got A little air stone filter. Lots of plants and hiding places I might feed him a bit but he's always looking for it on the bottom so I just feed him so he doesn't have to eat nasty stuff ....... I also did just change the tank water this morning cuz it was nasty

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-17
    It sounds like you're taking good care of him and he's eating,, so I wouldn't start worrying yet. He could have some stress due to the barbs.  It is best to keep barbs in groups of 7-8 so they spend their time nipping each other, and leave the other tankmates alone:)
Thomas - 2010-03-12
I have a 15 gallon tank, and one blue dwarf and it ate the eyes out of my 3 silver hatchet fish. Any comments on why it might have done this?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-12-23
    They were hungry.
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-08-27
    all fish dont mix. you should probably keep the powder blues with other larger species of gourami such as flame gouramis,three-spot,honey,etc.

  • Anonymous - 2012-05-20
    They are omnivores needing plant and meat based foods might need more protein in diet
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-21
    Gourami's will pick at other fish.
fishfanatic - 2012-06-09
I have 6 dwarf blue gouramis in my big 180l tank with other tankmates such as swords, platies, neons etc and they get along fine. The gouramis I have noticed tend to be alot more frenzied at feeding time so I think that they need more food than most, have started feeding pellets as well as my usual foods and it means they can pick at the pellets between feeding times. This seems to work well. hope this helps

Rodrigo - 2011-01-23
Are they really hybrids? I thought they where just selective bred Dwarf Gouramis. If so what are the probable parents?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-23
    You are right, they are not a hybrid. They are a color-morph of the Dwarf Gourami. The introduction stated they are hybrids but has been fixed. Thanks!