07-22-2012, 03:04 PM
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I agree, the gourami is Trichopodus trichopterus, common names many including Blue Gourami, Gold G (the gold form), Opaline, Three-spot, Cosby, Marbled... etc, etc. This fish gets larger than you may want, and as i noted in the other thread on the Pristella, i would return it. Aside from possible aggression from the gourami, there is the even more likely chance the characins will nip it.
A comment on the issue of the virus and treatment, if this had been a Dwarf. There is no treatment for the iridovirus that affects the Dwarf Gourami, and by the way which is n ow known to spread to other species. I think Dr. Neale Monks' advice in recent issues of PFK is sound--no one should ever acquire the Dwarf Gourami, it simply is not worth the risk. Unless you know the source of the fish, by which I mean where it was bred and raised, and can be certain this was a reputable breeder, forget it. There is, as I said, no cure for the disease, and it can be present in fish for a couple months without signs, and fish can carry it and infect other fish without getting it themselves.
Also, on quarantine treatments, one should not apply medications to new fish in quarantine if nothing is confirmed to be present. Now, there are a couple exceptions that i won't go into at the moment, but any generic treatment for fungus, parasites, etc. will stress the fish out, and they are already under stress, and this is more likely to bring on something than cure anything. And viral problems cannot be treated with anything (other than clean water and good food) anyway, so this is even more pointless.