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I Have A Shy Gourami - How Do I Make It Not Shy


PaNdeM0niuM

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I have 1 dwarf flame gourami in a 20 gallon with cories and danios.

The problem is that my gourami spends most of the time hiding behind plants.

And he doesn't seem to eat (to be honest i don't think I have seen him eat)

Question:

Will buying another gourami help my gourami feel less stressed and encourage him to come out more (and eat !! )

also,

do I have to buy the 'same species' of gourami.

Can I get another species instead of dwarf

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How long have you had him? Does he have enough hiding places? I think getting him a friend would be a good idea if you've got room, as I've heard they do best in pairs. Make sure you get a male/female pair, or at least a female/female pair. Males don't do well together in general.

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As above :)

Gouramis have a lot of surface cover in their natural environment - having plenty of hiding places will help him feel more relaxed. Maybe some floating plants like water lettuce or salvia if you have enough clear room above the surface.

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Yeah, I think most gouramis are pretty shy and like hiding. Mine is always hiding behind a rock. He probably is eating, just not when you are there or the pieces that fall to him. My gouramis gets especially nervous when I am looking into the tank.

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