Gouramis keep dying on me - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 05-04-2010, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Gouramis keep dying on me

I have a 20 gallon tank that has had very few deaths (just two neons) since I started it up a year ago. Something I can't figure out is why the gouramis I have added die. I added two soon after I got the aquarium and they only lasted a month or so. I added two more about a month ago and they didn't even last two weeks.

I tested the water regular each time, and there was no sign of any toxins. One thing I did notice was a slight change in pH, but I could barely tell; at most it was a .2 change over two days and I think it was less than that. Is that enough to kill a gourami? I understood that neons were a lot more fragile, but they are fine.

I also have a lot of plants in the aquarium, if that makes a difference. Thanks!
pillar is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 05-05-2010, 12:10 AM
Gold Member
 
aunt kymmie's Avatar
 
What species of gourami? What are you actual water parameters (ph, amm, trIte, trAte)
I wouldn't think a .2 shift would be that drastic...

If you don't stand up for something you'll fall for anything...
aunt kymmie is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 05-05-2010, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
pH went between 6.9-7.1, ammonia was 0. I am not sure what those other two abbreviations are though, could you please explain?
pillar is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 05-05-2010, 07:49 AM
Member
 
Angel079's Avatar
 
The other parameters Kymmie asked are Nitrate and Nitrite (NO2, NO3).

Apart from the question already asked: What all is stocked in the 20g with what type of Gourami?

~ Life Is Too Short, Break The Rules, Forgive Quickly, Kiss Slowly, Love Truly, Laugh Uncontrollably And Never Regret Anything that Made You Smile.
Life May Not Be The Party We Hoped For, But While We're Here, We Should Dance. ~
Angel079 is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 05-05-2010, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Angel079 View Post
The other parameters Kymmie asked are Nitrate and Nitrite (NO2, NO3).

Apart from the question already asked: What all is stocked in the 20g with what type of Gourami?

Gotcha. Nitrate was at about 10-20 and there was no nitrite.

The other fish:
-5 neons
-3 tetra (not sure the actual name they are about an inch long each)
-4 corys
pillar is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 05-05-2010, 10:36 AM
Gold Member
 
aunt kymmie's Avatar
 
And the type of gourami??

If you don't stand up for something you'll fall for anything...
aunt kymmie is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 05-05-2010, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by aunt kymmie View Post
And the type of gourami??
Dwarf flame Gourami, sorry!
pillar is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 05-06-2010, 04:52 AM
Member
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
I'm not sure the exact name of the virus, but there is rumor of a particular virus that infects dwarf gouramis coming in from Asian breeders specifically. I had a dwarf gourami die myself mysteriously one day; he was perfectly fine and healthy and was belly-up a few hours later. No change in water parameters and this was an established tank. None of the other fish seemed sick at all and none died. Very strange stuff, but apparently not all that uncommon, which is apparently fuel for this virus rumor.

4 8 15 16 23 42
iamntbatman is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 05-06-2010, 06:40 AM
Member
 
1077's Avatar
 
If interested ,one can google... "Studies on Iridovirus and Mycobacteria among Colisa Lalia" dwarf gourami.
Were it me, I might consider the Pearl Gourami. Is said to be much hardier and can live up to ten years with proper care.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
1077 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gouramis getting old? Herky Freshwater and Tropical Fish 5 09-08-2009 09:43 AM
Gouramis? MXS Freshwater and Tropical Fish 2 07-14-2009 10:12 AM
Gouramis not getting along FuzzAz Anabantids 19 06-30-2009 05:30 PM
Gouramis? TrashmanNYC Freshwater and Tropical Fish 4 12-15-2007 09:26 PM
dwarf gouramis and gold gouramis squiggles1 Anabantids 1 06-11-2007 11:18 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome