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Anyone know what's up with my Gourami? Given he's about 10 months old, but was fine a couple of days ago.

Only change is the addition of an artificial plant this afternoon. He's still eating, but has wounds on his sides and his mouth has been ripped to shreds. His entire mouth is just a mash of skin and flesh.

All the other fish appear fine, no white spots or ulcers. Just this boy....

Is he old and on his way out, or has he come down with something very quickly...

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Blue right side by danaj2009, on Flickr

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Blue mouth 2 by danaj2009, on Flickr

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Blue mouth by danaj2009, on Flickr

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I would suspect war wounds as well. The reason you have not had trouble until now is because they have been too young. As they hit sexual maturity the trouble starts.

What sex are the others?

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They are dwarf, so all male. He is the largest, two are slightly smaller, and one is juvenile.

They have clear areas for territory, although lacking in height through the center of the tank. Any suggestions to ease their aggression?

I've had other suggestions of adding females. A) some say this would make it worse and B) near impossible to find female dwarfs

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They can if not allowed territories. My Dad kept Gourami for years (dwarf), and I never saw this. Only saw real aggression when there weren't enough visual barriers provided. Thought I'd provided that but perhaps not.

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It definitely looks like fighting to me, particularly the mouth which will have been caused by them liplocking.

Gourami are very much like betta in that two males in the same tank can cause issues once they are mature. Why do you think you have only males, it could be that there is a female in the tank which could be adding to the issue.

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It definitely looks like fighting to me, particularly the mouth which will have been caused by them liplocking.

Gourami are very much like betta in that two males in the same tank can cause issues once they are mature. Why do you think you have only males, it could be that there is a female in the tank which could be adding to the issue.

I was of the understanding that male dwarfs have colour, and the females are smaller and brown? I believe all of mine are male.

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The one you posted a pic of is a male, can you post pics of the others?

Females show less colour than males but also the dorsal fin of a male tapers to a point, on females it is more rounded.

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I was of the understanding that male dwarfs have colour, and the females are smaller and brown? I believe all of mine are male.

That's what I thought also, saw what I think were females at HFF and they're nowhere near as pretty as the boys, but maybe they were a different type?

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Shops usually only have males as they have the colour and they claim nobody wants the plainer females. This also makes it harder for people to breed them when they only have males :wink:

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Yes all males, I think you are going to stuggle with all them in the tank.

Hmmmm, I asked several sources before getting them, and all said they'd be fine with territorial barriers, but why am I not surprised lol.

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Cheers for your responses. LFS x 2 aren't that much of help re plants. I've ordered some Indian Fern of TM.

Hopefully this lot turns up unlike the last 2 TM purchases.

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