Animal Stories - Flame Dwarf Gourami

Animal-World Information about: Flame Dwarf Gourami

The brilliant coloring of the Flame Dwarf Gourami is a real eye catcher,... it is a very popular variety of Dwarf Gourami!
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Anonymous - 2018-09-29
i have a Flame Gourami and he is wonderful and so pretty, i did notice that is he sees something floating in his tank like a piece of a dead leaf he will pick it up and try to spit it out of his tank as if he is cleaning it, is that normal behavior? anyways i love him and he is adorable when he does it, i also noticed him blowing ring bubbles like a dolphin which is silly.

lil lexi - 2013-08-31
Thanks for the info on the gourami's. It helped a lot because I had a small problem with the snails now they're good as eaten.

Stacey Croasmun - 2013-03-28
I have a ten gallon aquarium that I started for my son with a large fantail goldfish. A couple weeks later We added a Flame Dwarf Gourami and a very small white Gourami (I'm not sure what it's called). The Flame Gourami picked on the little one for a day and then everything was fine.Now a couple months later we bought two snails for the algea and the two Gouramis are tearing them apart! What should I do? I've taken the Gouramis out and put them in a fish bowl until I get a's terrible!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-28
    I would remove the snail if it is an issue.  Gourami's should not be left in a fish bowl.
Meaghan Busch - 2011-01-23
Two days after Thanksgiving last year, I went to PetSmart to get two fish. I had always had goldfish growing up and I love fish, but I couldn't stand getting more goldfish. First of all, Petsmart really helped me out. I also needed a fish for a biology lab with a self-contained ecosystem and there was an aquarium part in it. I needed a hardy fish and they pointed me out to the gouramis. I also said I wanted fish to keep for myself, because the fish I brought for biology I would be bringing home. I got the last two Red Fire Dwarf Gouramis there (both male). When I brought them home and put them in the tank, one was a little less colorful, but a bit bigger than the other. So, I put him in the project so the smaller one would claim the tank a bit (I also fed him a bit more so he'd grow to be a bit bigger). Oh, and the colorful one is Iago and the less colorful one is Simba. About a month later--just before Christmas, I brought Simba home and now Iago, who is about the same size as Simba now, started bullying him. Over about a week, however, they started getting along. Much more recently, I went to PetSmart and purchased a Blue Mystery Snail (I named him Clyde) to clean up after Simba and Iago. Now, they all get along--although Simba and Iago like to rub up against and uproot the two plants I have rooted in the gravel so I have to keep replanting them.
I also noticed when Simba came home and Iago was bullying him, that Simba would turn almost sideways--someone else mentioned similar behavior in their two conflicting gouramis. After much observation, I believe it is a submissive behavior, such as dogs rolling over and showing their bellies. Of course, I'm just a sixteen year old girl who has a little too much time on her hands--most of it used to watch said fish--and not a world class animal behaviorist. Anyway, that's my observation. I know my tale has been pretty long, but I hope my fish story answers some of your questions. Like, when Simba and Iago were bullying each other, I was worried and thought about getting a tank divider of some kind. However, over time, they got used to each other and started getting along. Now, they're inseparable.
Also, these are by far the smartest fish I have ever seen--then again, I'm mostly familiar with goldfish. They get used to routine and know what time they are to be fed or what time the lights go out so they can rest. These are my favorite fish ever and definitely fish I would recommend for anyone!

--Meaghan Busch

Sarah - 2010-04-17
I have a Dwarf Gourami fish and the other fish that was in the tank with it bit its back fin (that other fish is dead now) I don't know how it died. I guess mostly I was wondering how long it takes for them to grow their tail fins back and basically how long can they live after having their back tail fin bit. Please respond back to me ASAP. Send me an e-mail with the response if you can. My e-mail is Please I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You.

Anonymous - 2009-08-12
I'm Tina, my dad owns a pretty big tank and we've had guaramis for at least 10 years now. Lemme think which ones we have had:
-two Flame Dwarf -Two Honey -Two moonlight (currently in the tank)
-four Gold -Two Powder Blue -one opaline (which I thought was a blue at first)
-One Blue, I call him Buddy.
At the moment we've got two moonlight, one opaline and one blue (and a white molly). Even though I don't take care of them, I love to watch them swim, they're so graceful and friendly! We have the tank in the dining room and at the dinner table I sit directly behind the fish. The blue guarami is extremely friendly and swims to my finger when I place it on the glass (the other fish hide in the corners they don't like me much). He also likes to "kiss" my finger if I stick it in the top of the tank (I wash my hands before and after of course!)
Overall I think they're my favorite fish to have and I'd definately like to buy a tank and keep a dwarf or two of my own

Jessica - 2011-10-23
This was very helpful! Thank you so much. I do have a question though. I just got 5 Red Dwarf Gourami's, and they are the cutest things to watch. They're the only thing in my tank, with many plants of course (along with some snails, and a sucker fish). What I'm having trouble with, though, is figuring out whether they're male or female. Is there any other helpful information you could give about the sex of the fish? It would be very appreciated!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    The male Dwarf Gourami, Colisa lalia, is said to be much more colorful than the female and also has a pointed dorsal pennant. The males are generally narrower in body than the females. Pairs usually hang out together.
Ricky - 2010-02-28
How large Should the tank be for one of these fish?

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  • o00slim00o - 2010-04-26
    Typical rule of thumb is 1 gallon per inch of the max size of your fish ... however these fish are shy and like extra space so for them to be happy I'd recomend you have 5 gallons at least per fish.
  • jenny - 2010-10-09
    5 or 10+ gallons
  • Anonymous - 2010-11-28
    I have a system 6 tank and my two flame dwarf gourmis seemed happy until I added two paradise gouramis. Then the flames got all timid and the paradises actually killed one and have turned on each other. We are getting a bigger tank for them. However my flames were happy alone in a system 6.
Tina - 2009-07-12
I have three gouramies that were given to me, a blue and 2 orange. Also a tetra. One of the orange gouramies keeps biting the back fins of all the other fish, he is a real bully. Actually I think it is female. It follows and pushes around the others. I have heard these fish are peaceful. I have decided to put the aggressive one in a separate tank. Other than that, they are great fish and easy to take care of.

Anonymous - 2009-03-01
Yes very nice fish. I have kept many of these in pass tanks throughout my life. Although I was reading through an article a few weeks ago and found the dwarf gourami's are prone to a disease which up to now has no cure. I can't think what the exact name of the disease was but over 60% of dwarf gourami's may suffer from it.

Personally, although slightly larger in size, pearl gourami's would be a better option for fish keepers, hardy, active, and pretty. I would choose these over all.