Bettas and gouramis
Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:11 AM
Posted 21 December 2008 - 05:58 PM
I have one male dwarf gourami and 1 female betta, together, and they have been together for about four months now, and there is a little nipping, but nothing serious. Definately have those spare tanks READY. I have a feeling that at first, for the first few days, it will be calm and peaceful, but then there will probably be some nipping. How bad the nipping will be, I don't know.
Posted 21 December 2008 - 07:45 PM
Posted 22 December 2008 - 07:33 PM
I have heard of it working out in large enough tanks and combos such as male gourami/female betta.
Your male/female betta mix may not last long term either in a tank that size.
Posted 23 December 2008 - 02:50 PM
And gouramis will most likely NOT go well with bettas. I advise against putting them together.
Posted 06 January 2009 - 01:24 PM
Edited by SMFishBoy, 06 January 2009 - 01:25 PM.
Posted 06 January 2009 - 02:31 PM
The only female he doesn't ever chase is Asura, and I believe that is because they have been together for about four months now.
Posted 06 January 2009 - 08:00 PM
Posted 07 January 2009 - 06:21 AM
Posted 07 January 2009 - 08:50 PM
Posted 30 January 2012 - 10:14 AM
Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:09 PM
Well, she took an instant "shine" to my HMPK and of course, vice versa. They bred. Yup! They did. Although the eggs never hatched, they were a match in compatibility. She really likes him. And he does not tear her fins like most male bettas do while breeding. Guess she is just too willing. LOL!
Given that all of the fish, including gouramis and paradise fish, are in the same family... anything can happen.
But, as stated above, I would also remove the male betta first. That's his territory. He may attack your new male dwarfs. Even the female bettas may attack the female dwarfs. Female bettas can be brutal also, even towards each other. So keep an eye on them. After a couple of weeks try reintroducing the male betta. See how it goes.
I do know first hand that they can get along and even breed out of their species. Just not sure with so many in the pot at once! Certainly, breeding either of the species all in a tank together will be a "no go". They will destroy each others nests and just pester each other. You'd have better luck keeping the dwarfs separate for breeding. Betta eggs sink... gouramis float. And the gouramis don't necessarily have to be removed from the breeding tank. Bettas ya should if ya want fry to grow.
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