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post #1 of 15 Old 03-22-2013, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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How much does dwarf gourami eat? I didn't feed it 1 day and they die... why is that?

How much does dwarf gourami eat? I didn't feed it 1 day and they die... why is that?
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-22-2013, 06:09 AM
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It wasn't the lack of food, only a coincidence. I've gone 3 days without feeding mine before.

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Tank size? Age? Any other fish?

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It takes several months for a fish to starve to death.

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It wasn't the lack of food, only a coincidence. I've gone 3 days without feeding mine before.

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Tank size? Age? Any other fish?
3 days without feeding if you do that often the dwarf gourami will die.
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Nawh, fish are cold blooded, so their systems work a little different than ours. They need a lot less energy since they don't have to heat themselves (mammals and birds spend a ridiculous amount of energy keeping themselves warm).

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I'm not sure. My dwarf doesn't seem to eat too much. Of course he does have to fend off some hungry guppies in order to get food.... Either way he seems to be thriving. I agree I find it hard to believe that he died after one day of no food (meaning it was most likely a coincidence)

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3 days without feeding if you do that often the dwarf gourami will die.
That is my experience. I have gotten about 20 dwarf gouramis count together in my life and all of them die from Dietary Deficiency now i have 5 and they do okay now.

Tip is: Feed dwarf gourami everyday!
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Nawh, fish are cold blooded, so their systems work a little different than ours. They need a lot less energy since they don't have to heat themselves (mammals and birds spend a ridiculous amount of energy keeping themselves warm).
That is correct. Cold blooded animals do not burn calories maintaining their body temperature, and so they use considerably less calories.


Nuttawet - I'm not exactly sure what to make of your post.... Sounds like you've killed 20 dwarf gouramis because you refused to provide them with a proper diet?? How did you determine that they died from dietary deficiency?

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That is correct. Cold blooded animals do not burn calories maintaining their body temperature, and so they use considerably less calories.


Nuttawet - I'm not exactly sure what to make of your post.... Sounds like you've killed 20 dwarf gouramis because you refused to provide them with a proper diet?? How did you determine that they died from dietary deficiency?
Look at their stomach if it is not swell.... I fed alot of bloodworms and they eat all in 10 minutes if i don't feed they die....
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That is my experience. I have gotten about 20 dwarf gouramis count together in my life and all of them die from Dietary Deficiency now i have 5 and they do okay now.
So I have it right - You have killed 20 dwarf gouramis because you refused to provide them a proper diet?

Seems to me that you've either had THE WORST luck keeping DGs, or you shouldn't be keeping DGs. In any case, your experience is far from the norm, especially considering your track record. While your fish might perpetually be a few meals away from death, that's not how normal fish live.

You cannot determine a dietary deficiency by simply looking at the stomach. A swollen stomach is not any better of a sign of good health than a concave stomach.

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