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post #1 of 6 Old 06-27-2014, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Are all gudgeons weird?

I have a female Peacock Gudgeon that is the oddest fish I've ever had. She eats along with the others she's with (male endlers, a GBR and a Honey Gourami), but she acts almost as if she's blind. I mean, she doesn't go after the food the way the others do. She seems to eat just about anything I offer, but acts almost as if she's not "all there" in the head, if you know what I mean. She looks around while the others are eating, like, "What's going on? Is there food around?" She'll manage to eat a few pieces, and that's about it. She eats far less than any of the others, and she doesn't have the fat belly that I read they are supposed to have if they're well fed. She seems healthy and happy, but I feel she's just not getting quite enough to eat, and is slow to get to the food on top of that. Anyone else have gudgeons that act this way, and is this normal for them? Does she look overly skinny to you?

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20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-28-2014, 08:05 PM
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She looks perfect. It might be just that most of those fish r bigger/eat more than her so she might be a little bit timid. Also i think they r ambush hunters in the wild. So she will wait for the food 2 come 2 her. She could also be blind, but that is slim.
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Thanks, tankman! I'm so relieved that you think she looks fine! Now that I think about it, it DOES look like she's trying to slowly ambush pieces of food. She just doesn't get as much of a chance with the greedy gourami around. (The endlers eat the smaller pieces). I make sure she gets enough, though. I watch all my fish to make sure they are eating. I feel so much better now!

10 gallon- 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 female betta.

20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-29-2014, 09:54 AM
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Honey Gouramis get big. Fast. They do also eat a lot. If this particular fish is an ambush eater, might I suggest distracting the gourami on a different side of the tank and then dropping food in making sure the gudgeon has the chance to eat. Maybe even using a separator at feeding time.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-29-2014, 10:06 AM
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Honey gouramis only get around 1 1/2in. Plus the gundgeon looks fine.
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Honey gouramis only get around 1 1/2in.
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Ooopps! Sorry. I was thinking of Gold Gouramis. They are more honey colored to me. Guess that's what happens when I don't have my full cup of coffee.
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