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There are a lot of comments posted on this site mentioning how violent their one Gold Gourami was to their other fish. You should never keep just one Gourami. Always keep Gourami in groups of four or more and they will rarely chase other fish.

Contributed by Shane Hoffman

I had a pair of Golden Gourami's in an 84 litre octagonal corner unit tank. Unfortunately I had to return the male after a week because he kept nipping at and picking on the female. I love my Golden Gourami, she radiates colour throughout my tank. She has grown a lot since I bought her. I would not give her up for the world. I found her a very hardy fish, surviving since the start of my fishkeeping hobby 3 years ago.

Contributed by Nick Findlater

I own a single male and he is one of the most docile and peaceful fish I have ever had the pleasure to keep. He is nearly full sized now, and I have had him for 3 years in a 96 litre South-East Asian tank, pH abput 6.7. He has done superbly and never have I had any incidences of illness with him. I bought him with 2 other male gouramis: a moonlight and a blue. The moonlight died within a few weeks due to stress, but the blue one thrived until one day, not long ago, when he managed to lodge himself behind the filter and died. Despite them being males, they got on perfectly and were one of the best paired fish I have ever kept. I great choice for any aquarist in my opinion.

Contributed by Frank King

Hi! I have a male and 2 female golds in my 200 L. The male is always trying to build his love nest, but cleanings get in his way. He will only chase my other fish and his gals when trying to build the bubble-nest-o-love. He never bites, though! My large Golden Panchax Killifish gives it right back to him. I also keep a large rainbow shark, large Violet Goby, 2 cory cats, 1 mystus cat, 3 farlowellas, bumblebee cat and 3 mini rainbows and 2 smallish bristlenose plecos. They all get on fine and have been together forever. I think if you give the Gold Gouramis enough distractions, plants and females, things will be OK. It would also probably be good to get them all small and let them grow up together, which is what I try to do with all my tanks' inhabitants. My gold male has NEVER actually bitten ANY of my fish. I think they get a bad reputation a lot of the time and it is undeserved, perhaps people are not putting the right fish together, etc. They are gorgeous, live long lives and add lots of color and vibrancy to your tank. I say do your homework...and get at least a trio. Good luck!

Contributed by Melissa Eisenhauer

I have been reading the info on Gold Gourami's and I too think these fish get a really bad reputation. These fish are not the mafia of the home aquarium hobby. I have a 250 L, recently upgraded from a 200 L. In that tank are 7 Golds, two of which are males. All went in as very small, 5 cm juveniles. There are also four 8 cm juvenile Bala Sharks in that tank. Everyone gets along fine. There are times when the bigger of the two males will chase off the smaller male, but no one has ever gotten hurt. When choosing fish for any tank whether it be FW or SW. One must consider the tank set-up, conditions, and current inhabitants. Then, before purchasing, one must do the background reading. Do we buy an appliance, car, house without some background? Absolutely not. My Gold's feed from my hand. Are as friendly to me as my Mollies ever were, especially the bigger male, and don't ever chase off the smaller fish. Actually I have just 3 Mollies left in that tank, first fish I bought, and they chase off the gourami's and the sharks. Read, ask questions and understand what you want and what your current set-up needs before just buying fish.

Contributed by Kathy Arvidson

Fell in love with gold gouramies in my local petstore. After introducing Bonnie and Clyde to my 1.5 meter tank, all hell broke loose. Hubby and I quickly set up a tank for them on the 24th of February, and on the 4th of March there was the splish-splash of tiny little fins, hundreds of them. We removed the bulk of the fry to a separate tank, but left some with the parents. They all seem to be very happy as Bonnie and Clyde are very busy working on their next brood.

Contributed by Helen Brass

These pages have enough comments to give the reader a basic idea on the topic. Further comments are still very welcome (through the site's contact form) as long as they provide new and/or advanced information not yet discussed in the existing ones.

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