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post #1 of 12 Old 02-12-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Gourami Not Swiming Right!?

My Honey Gourami is not swimming normal, it is kind of rocking back and forth and never staying still. I lost the other Gourami earlier this week, has this one been infected? THe other Gourami did not do this..New aquarist and having some troubles.
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-14-2012, 01:30 PM
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Do you have an airstone and pump on this tank?
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-15-2012, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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I have neither, only filter, light, and heater.
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-15-2012, 08:16 PM
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You need to get some sort of oxygen in the water. I know most gourami's have the ability to suck air from the waters surface but they still need some sort of oxygen. Also, what is the pH?
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post #5 of 12 Old 02-15-2012, 11:08 PM
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How long has your tank been set up? Can you tell us the water parameters? Ph? Nitrate? Nitrite? Ammonia?

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post #6 of 12 Old 02-17-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Tank is 2 months new. Water is fine ammonia is 0, ph is alittle high at 8.2. All other fish are fine, lost 2 honey gourami in a week.
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-17-2012, 03:16 PM
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What about hardness? I know soft-water fish in hard water can cause some organ problems. Maybe you should take this over to the disease subforum as it sounds like your tank is cycled.

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post #8 of 12 Old 02-17-2012, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-22-2012, 05:29 PM
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Dwarf gourami are extremely sensitive to high levels of nitrItes. Like the other poster said, give him some more air. You can never really have too much. Check your nitrItes and let us know please. Is it panthing or pumping its gills kinda hard?
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-22-2012, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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I brought my water to the local pet store and they said my water was fine, only the ph was was around 8. Sadly I lost the gourami, 2nd in two weeks. I think the ph was too high for them, all other fish are fine in the tank. I purchased another Honey Gourami, a baby, the other two were young adults. I am trying to lower the ph naturally in my tank, down to 7.7, I am trying to avoid adding any chemicals to get the ph down. Looking into maybe adding a live plant and am looking for other ways to naturally lower and maintain a low ph.
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