09-04-2009, 07:47 PM
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Gouramis getting old?
For a couple of days now, one of my two remaining dwarf blues has been acting sluggish, is very bloated, having trouble swimming and staying upright, and has laid on the bottom all day today. He's still breathing and attempts to swim away (like from the net). He appears to be suffering, at the very least struggling. I have a glass of water ready...I think the best thing is to put him down.
I'm just wondering if it's old age in this case. All of the 3 gouramis I originally bought were full grown when I got them so maybe it's just their time? None of my other fish in the same tank show any signs of stress or disease and my water is well within safe parameters for all the fish concerned. I've read gouramis can live around 4 years and I highly doubt they sat in my lfs for 4 years but do they just not live very long?