Infected Dwarf Gourami?
Oh dear I've only been a member of this community for five minutes and here I am asking advice for a second time.
I've seen mentioned here a couple of times how dwarf gourami can carry an infection. On the fish profile page it says that they should be carefully inspected before buying, but what do I look for? I bought 2 pairs acouple of weeks ago from a very reputable dealer. They certainly seem healthy enough but I'm concerned now.
I know one of the signs of their disease is lesions, if they look fine externally and are acting healthy they are probably okay.. I am not sure exactly how long you have to wait until you know you're in the clear.
Unfortunately this disease is not always detectable externally. Fish infected may show no external signs whatsoever, yet they can pass the virus to one or more fish in the same water--and this is now known to spread to other species than gourami--without ever contracting it themselves. Only biomedical tests can determine if the fish is or isn't infected, and that is beyond most of us.
The "dealer" issue refers to the actually breeder of the fish, not the store. It is where the fish come from. A hobbyist starting out with wild stock or known safe tank-raised fish and breeding his own and selling them is safe. Some stores carry such fish, some don't.
Stores that get their fish wholesale from unknown sources are the most risky.
You can read more on this disease in this excerpt from an article by Neale Monks; I can't provide the link because the site has a forum and we don't allow links to other forums. Sparkz, I see you are in the UK; Dr. Monks happens to live in England, and is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Fish viral diseases are impossible to treat directly; the best you can do is avoid buying infected fish and quarantine all new fish prior to putting them in your fish pond or aquarium.Byron.
I've given up on dwarf gouramis - in my experience it can take several months for things to turn south.
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