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Golden Gourami not eating
Old 07-16-2009, 10:29 PM   #1
 
Golden Gourami not eating

Hi
Less than a week ago i bought a juvenile goulden gourami, for the first few days it was acting normal. swimming around the tank, eating and everything was fine. but for the past several days its been hiding in the top right corner of the tank, not moving around much and not eating anything.

i feed it tropical flake food, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are all 0, pH 7.4 and the temperature is 26 degrees Celsius (not sure what that is in Fahrenheit) . He's currently in a 30 gallon tank with 3 rosy tetras, 4 head and tail light tetras, 5 penguin tetras, 1 angelfish, 3 peppered corys, 4 albino corys and a bristle nose pleco

any help would be greatly appreciated, i really like this fish and dont want him to die

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Old 07-16-2009, 11:02 PM   #2
 
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Hmm.....from your readings it looks like your tank isn't cycled. In a well established tank, nitrAtes should be between 5-20 ideally, but no more then 40. How long has the tank been set up? What kind of test kit are you using? If its been set up for a while...
Did you recently replace a filter cartridge/sponge? Clean anything thoroughly? This could have killed bacteria and messed with the water chemistry.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:12 PM   #3
 
the tank has been running for months, i did a 50% water change yesterday and i recently medicated the tank with a broad spectrum anitbacterial
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:22 PM   #4
 
i just re checked the nitrates, and its just bellow 5, im using an API master test kit
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:22 PM   #5
 
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Ahh, you recently had some sort of bacterial infection I assume then? How long did you medicate for? Was the treatment recently finished or is it still ongoing? What kind of infection?
Also, what sort of test kit are you using? Anything else changed/added/taken away recently?

Edit: Sorry, just caught your other post. Hmm....thats still a little low...any live plants in there?
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:41 PM   #6
 
im not even sure if its a bacterial infection, its to do with my angelfish. his scales are basicaly falling off. i only did the one dose which is 3 days and i think im gonna need to repeat it(this is based on the advice from my lfs).
no live plants, quite abit of algae growth though which my pleco (which is new) is taking care of pretty fast though.
appart from that all the other fish (bar the angel which is still eating normaly) are fine
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:54 AM   #7
 
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Oh my, scales falling off is not a good sign at all....though I don't know, perhaps it could be something parasitical...
I'd take any advice from any LFS with a grain of salt. Google is your very best friend, if your not sure of anything go and google it, if your still not sure google again, and if your STILL not sure come and ask for assistance Research, research, research...
I'll head over to google now and go look up some diseases, see if I can find anything for you. Perhaps a picture of your Angel?

As for the nitrAtes, if you had significant Algae growth then that probably was sucking them up...
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:05 AM   #8
 
thank you, sadly i came home to find the poor guy dead, shame i really liked that fish.
thanks for the advice, il start researching soon.
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:45 AM   #9
 
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I'm so sorry for your loss
Anyway, I've had trouble finding anything about just scales falling off. A picture would be helpful if you can get it
Does the Angel seem bloated? If you look down on it from the top, do/did the scales stick out like a pinecone? Not sure if Angels con contract it, but that'd be dropsy and I've heard scales falling off in more serious cases....
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:39 PM   #10
 
True that your gourami needs his own tall (surface tall) plant to call home , to be truly happy.Now that the angel lfish is gone well see if he comes around. Normally a gourami can;t resist a frozen bloodworm so you could get some of them and tetras love and need them as well. 50% WC is a big shift for any fish, i realize your trying to rid the tank of med and infection however try to change 10-20 % a day to achieve this and you can use carbon to clean the wter just remember to remove the carbon the next day.
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