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Blue Gourami - Spawning?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:13 pm Post subject: Blue Gourami - Spawning? Reply with quote

 I  have  2  blue  gouramis.   I  think  one  is  a  female  as  it  has  a  rounder  belly  than  the  other  one.   The  male  gourami  has  been  constantly  chasing  the  female  away,  and  looks  as  though  it  is  collecting  any  small  particles  in  its  mouth.
 
 Are  they  spawning?     What  should  I  look  out  for?   Should  I  remove  the  female?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:33 pm Post subject: Re: Blue Gourami - Spawning? Reply with quote

 Hi  shibub,
 
 Just  check  if  the  male  has  created  a  bubble  nest.  What  I  have  seen  in  my  blue  gouramies,  the  female  lays  the  eggs  and  the  male  fertilizes  them  and  carries  them  in  his  mouth  and  throws  up  in  the  bubble  nest.  He  continues  to  do  so  untill  the  eggs  hatch  ....  he  even  does  this  to  the  fries  for  2-3  days.  
 The  male  chases  the  female  away  b'because  she  eats  the  eggs.  Its  better  to  remove  the  female  to  avoid  aggression.
 Wish  you  luck  with  fries  and  keep  us  posted  on  the  event.
 
 Regards,
 Suman
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:04 am Post subject: Re: Blue Gourami - Spawning? Reply with quote

 Has  the  male's  color  darkened?  If  yes,  they  are  breeding..
 
 Make  sure  the  pair  are  the  only  inhabitants  in  the  tank.  Add  a  few  plants  which  reach  the  top  of  the  water  level(cobomba  is  a  good  choice)  in  a  corner  of  the  tank  for  the  male  to  create  the  bubble  nest  there.  In  the  opposite  end  of  the  tank,  create  a  hiding  place  for  the  female  at  the  bottom  by  adding  some  plants  and/or  rocks  since  the  male  will  be  very  violent  with  her.
 
 After  the  male  creates  the  bubble  nest,  the  female  will  come  out  of  hiding  and  approach  him.  The  male  will  wrap  himself  around  the  female's  belly  making  the  female  release  the  eggs,  which  will  rise  into  the  bubble  nest.  the  male  will  chase  away  the  female  into  its  hiding  place  after  this  and  starts  collecting  stray  eggs  and  deposit  them  into  the  nest.  The  egg  laying  act  will  continue  several  times  until  the  female  has  run  out  of  the  eggs.  After  this,  the  female  should  be  removed  from  the  tank.  The  male  can  be  left  in  the  tank  until  the  fry  are  free  swimming.
 
 Make  sure  you  feed  the  female  some  protein  rich  food  before  and  after  breeding.
 
 This  is  how  I  have  bred  Blue  Gourami.  IAH  experts  can  point  out  anything  I  may  have  missed  above
 
 Wish  you  All  the  best,
 Ak
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:12 am Post subject: Re: Blue Gourami - Spawning? Reply with quote

 Also,switch  off  any  filter  in  the  tank.  (  an  air  driven  sponge  filter  at  low  aeration,MAY  be  ok,but  i  personally  never  use  it  for  bubble  nesters)
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