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post #1 of 5 Old 02-12-2012, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Gourami's not working out


I've only have had one death in this tank other then Gourami's (pearl). I've checked PH and ammonia levels several times but I can't seem to keep Gourami's alive.

A history...

Bought three
one died...week or so later the other one died
Bought two more....same thing, still left with one (which one I'm not sure)
Bought one more...same thing one of the two died.
This is over a period of several months, different batches of fish and two different stores.

I have neon's, one Pleco, one Otocinclus, & two angel fish (which were additions between the 4 death and the 5th death.

Its a 50-60 gallon tank, good filter, good lighting, lots of aeration.

Maybe they just don't like me? Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-12-2012, 05:06 PM
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What species of gourami did you buy? Dwarf gourami are notoriously fragile from years of commercial breeding. You could try buying from a local breeder instead.


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post #3 of 5 Old 02-12-2012, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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All of them are Pearl
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-12-2012, 06:33 PM
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It is not always easy to diagnose fish deaths. It may of course by the fish themselves, or it may be something in the aquarium, whether water parameters, conditions, other fish (compatibility). More data would help us offer suggestions.

Can you give us the hardness (GH), pH, temperature? Have you tested for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?

Are there live plants?

Any signs of non-compatibility among the fish?

On a more general note, I do not recommend gourami combined with angelfish; both are very territorial, and males can have aggressive tendancies to ward the other species.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-13-2012, 10:00 AM
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Im also curious to find out how the fish are acclimated to the new aquarium... and especially the nitrates. I lost 2 dwarf gourami to dropsy when I allowed my nitrates to climb unnecessarily.

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