In order for a peaceful atmosphere to reign in the aquarium, it is necessary to take into account their compatibility when selecting the fish. Otherwise, there may be constant skirmishes, and even the death of one or more fish.
When settling the aquarium is better to use the recommendations of experts. For example, they assess the compatibility of gouras with other fish as high, but at the same time their neighbors should be peaceful.
In order for peace to reign in an aquarium, it is very important to pay serious attention to the selection of its inhabitants.
Before talking about compatibility, you need to know what character is inherent in the labyrinth itself. Although males differ from females in a higher level of aggression, in general these fish can be described as completely peaceful, not threatening the existence of other inhabitants of the aquarium. They do not drive on the “bank” of neighbors, do not encroach on their fry.
Females love to hide in the scenery or dense thickets. plants, only occasionally rising to the surface to take a breath of air.
Males can be very different in character, sometimes quite quirky and aggressive. It is difficult to predict the behavior of males in advance, it remains to hope for luck. Especially strongly these fish show intraspecific aggression.
If two males are placed in an aquarium, fights will become inevitable. Instinct makes them guard their territory. and fight for females.
The ideal community will be a flock of gourami of one species, which consists of one male and three female.
“Gourami” in the Javanese language is used to refer to fish that are protruding their “nose” out of the water. These fish can breathe atmospheric air using a special organ – gill labyrinth.
You can create a specific aquarium in which only representatives of different types of gouras will live in large numbers. For example, settle together:
You can add several catfish to them as neighbors, which will help in cleaning the aquarium. Pearl, spotty and nagging gourami get along well with each other.
With a large number of fish of the same species, the intraspecific aggression is dissipated, and in the underwater kingdom a completely peaceful atmosphere reigns. It is desirable to populate the fish in pairs.
When creating an aquatic system, you need to consider who gets goura in the aquarium. The peace of the aquarist and his pets will depend on this. Compatibility gourami with other fish depends on the volume of the aquarium and the amount of vegetation inside.
The greater the capacity and thicker undergrowth, the less will be the threat of constant skirmishes and quarrels.
Gourami calm fish, but males gourami can arrange fights for females.
For these fish, it is advisable to plant 60–80% of the entire aquarium area with plants and create a small flow using a special filter nozzle. Ideal for labyrinth as neighbors are small fish living in the lower and middle layers of water.
With whom you can keep gourami:
It is also permissible to substitute some types of barbs. Angelfish and some other small cichlids also get along peacefully with gourami.
The aquarium must have a cover or a cover glass, as representatives of the labyrinth glass can jump out of the water.
Together with the maze it is not recommended to contain predatory fish, even of small size. Aggressive predators can bite their fins or drive them to death. Not suitable for those fish that, just like gourami, live in the upper layers of water.
Each type of fish must be given its own living space, where they will not intersect.
Some fish may take the long filamentous ventral fins of gourams as a worm and begin to tear them off.
Another reason for the problems may be the difference in size. Larger fish will always perceive the “trifle” as an addition to their diet and, if convenient, swallow prey.
Gourami also grow quite large. Males can be up to 11 cm long.
It is for this reason that it is better for them not to plant guppies or shrimps in their aquarium.
Poor compatibility of aquarium fish gourami identified with the following types:
- koi carps;
Males of gourami can also easily eat their own fry. Females do not differ in this behavior due to their more peaceful nature.
If the aquarist has a desire to breed these fish, it is better to purchase a separate spawning machine.
The most suitable conditions of detention for gourami will be the recreation of their natural biotope. In South-West Asia, these fish are found in shallow reservoirs with an abundance of vegetation and decaying organic matter.
That is why they have so developed abdominal fins, resembling long thin tentacles, and atmospheric breathing. In the labyrinth aquarium, no aeration is required.
They prefer old water, so frequent changes are not needed.
In conditions of an aquarium, daphnias, bloodworms, tubulers are suitable for gourami; adult specimens endure a 1-2-week hunger strike without any consequences.
Since the fish are tropical, the water temperature must be maintained in the range of 24–26 ° C. The acidity index should be at the level of 6.5–7 pH.
It is desirable that the soil was dark in color. Illumination should be bright and located on the top, not on the side of the aquarium. In such conditions, gourami gets the most intense color and looks very impressive.
Under good conditions, these labyrinths are able to live in captivity for up to 7–10 years.
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