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    I'm interested in this topic as well, and am very curious. How does one sex an immature gourami, jaysee?

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    I currently have 3 female pearl gouramis in my 75 gallon tank. They push each other around sometimes, but the squabbling isn't bad enough to prevent any of them from eating or result in any damage.

    When I went shopping for them, I was planning on a male and two females. I didn't feel confidant in my ability to sex them so I got one of the employees to help me. We picked out three that all appeared female (there were none in the tank that were definitely male), but the employee said it was possible that one or more of them were males that hadn't developed the sex characteristics yet. I was prepared to return one or two of them if needed but it worked out okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaysee View Post
    At what age? Did I miss something? I've never not been able to sex them, and I've bought some small ones. I've never seen them for sale so small that they were unsexable.
    I sure couldn't tell by the size of them at my store. But then, I never knew what sex my Moonlight gourami was either. No expert with those fish, for sure. Thanks jaysee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_lew View Post
    I'm interested in this topic as well, and am very curious. How does one sex an immature gourami, jaysee?
    "Immature" is relative. The difference in dorsal fins is apparent at a young age, and the beginnings of the anal filaments can also be seen (may not see filaments, but it won't look as clean and rounded as a female - it's more squared off). The body shapes are also slightly different - males are longer and sleeker looking while females have a more rounded body. They are sexable between 2-2.5 inches - I've never seen them for sale smaller than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs View Post
    They won't be easy to sex at this age, I'm afraid. Why didn't your angel get along with the gourami?
    Funny you might ask. I did all I could to maximize compatibility chance.
    1. Got them at about the same size
    2. Water was clean, tank was planted.
    3. Releases them at the same time

    Didn't work. I was told that the angel used to be in an aggressive community since it was returned and its a pretty rare type I was told. It was only $15, and for its color, it was WORTH IT. It has some blue spots on the top fin, and from an angle on one of its other fins, it has a beautiful blue shine. It has a good color variety and has a very natural look. When I moved it to my 6x8 tropical pond, it did perfect and is now. I have 1 gold, 1 blue, 1 dwarf red, 1 honey, and 1 large black gourami(don't know the name) and there is NO aggression period. I guess there wasn't enough room for its comfort, even though its 55 gallons compared to around 200 gallons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaysee View Post
    "Immature" is relative. The difference in dorsal fins is apparent at a young age, and the beginnings of the anal filaments can also be seen (may not see filaments, but it won't look as clean and rounded as a female - it's more squared off). The body shapes are also slightly different - males are longer and sleeker looking while females have a more rounded body. They are sexable between 2-2.5 inches - I've never seen them for sale smaller than that.
    Should I just stick with one if this is a big risk? I could up my rainbowfish numbers instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loller View Post
    Should I just stick with one if this is a big risk? I could up my rainbowfish numbers instead.
    In my opinion, they should not be kept singly - in my experience, they are a group oriented fish. I'm not sure I know what risk to which you are referring.

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    Agh, didn't mean to say risk. I was meaning if it would be a big difficulty. I'm pretty sure mine is female because I never see any aggression involving the pearl. Would it be best to just get a female because I don't want any breeding unless its the zebra loaches.

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    Yeah, you can keep all females. You can't tell the sex based on their level of "aggression".

    I haven't seen my zebra loaches spawn yet, but I have had my angelicus loaches spawn. And the kuhlis too.


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    Ok. Will get one when I see one.

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