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post #1 of 5 Old 07-29-2012, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Question Dwarf Blue Gourami sleeping on his side

We got a coral blue dwarf gourami. We had him about 6 months. He was in our 40 gallon tank with other dwarf gourami and we moved him to our isolation 8 gallon tank because he wasn't eating because of the other fish taking all the food. And he was hiding all the time. For about a week he was fine, but we notice he sleeps on his side. Now he has no energy, even though he is eating (blood worms) and he swims only a little. He spends most of his time on his side at about 45 degrees angle. He is a very tame fish, but he is too tame now as we can pick him up in our hands, and swim away when we let go. in the Isolation tank we got 2 Phantoms tetras, a clown loach and a sucker catfish.
We gave the tank a 60% water change and put in water conditioner, stress coat and stability. the tank has fafe plants and a filter big enought for a 16 gallon tank and we also have a air stine.
Do anyone know what we can do?
PLEASE HELP if you can.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-29-2012, 11:38 AM
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I have very limited experience with disease issues and I never guess, as that can make things worse. Clearly the fish is in trouble, and isolating it may be advisable just in case it is contagious. I'm wondering if this is the dreaded dwarf gourami iridovirus (?).

Is there a reason the other fish are in this 8g tank? You do realize the Clown loach needs a group, at least 5, and given its size it needs a 5-6 foot tank? And the phantom tetra should be in a group of 7-8.


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post #3 of 5 Old 07-29-2012, 11:44 AM
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It does sound like the dwarf gourami disease. I've kept several DGs and they do not sleep on their side. I know you think the fish is tame, but it is not. It is so sick that it doesn't have the energy and/or the awareness to not let you handle it.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-11-2012, 03:47 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding Fish

our fish died

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-11-2012, 07:23 AM
It is always sad to loose a fish but now what you must do is make sure you keep fish that are ment for the aquarium you have. and always read the care sheet of every fish that you buy
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