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In a message dated 5/12/2000 3:52:46 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:
> I was surprised to find my local Walmart had a tank full of chocolate
> gouramis. I picked up a few of them and put them in a temporary tank,
> containing some watersprite, water wisteria and java moss. They don't go
> near flake food, and turn their noses(?) up at frozen foods of all kinds.
> them occasionally pick at something on a plant, other than that, they are
> a hunger strike.
> I'm bubbling some brine shrimp eggs right now. Any other suggestions? I've
> never cultured anything else live. Has anyone successfully kept them? I
> a feeling they are straight off the boat.
sylvia, you don't mention how big these fish are. my experience with them is
limited, but i've had 3 of them for several months, which was longer than any
cory or neon tetra has ever lived for me... (not something i'm proud of...).
i'm surprised you can keep a group together, when i had them, i had to
separate them as there's always a dominant fish which cannot stand the others
and is constantly chasing them. i was afraid they'd die of exhaustion.
other times i've observed them in stores bore out this observation. my fish
ate flake food with no problem. all the books will tell you how delicate
they are and how they need water that is impossibly soft and acidic, akin to
brewed tea, but that has not been my experience. they are tougher than
previously thought, although if they refuse to eat, you have a problem...
but they didn't seem any more delicate than dwarf gouramis (Trichopsis or
tsuh yang chen, nyc, USA