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d0rr 01-30-2007 07:42 AM

[EMERGENCY] Noob: Weak Pregnant Fish

My fish is getting pregnant but she seems weak!
Btw, can anyone determine what fish she is? Im a noob here @_@

There was a male in the aquarium but I've taken him out of the aquarium because he kept on biting her tail!! But I heard that the male needs to be there for the birth of fishes, anyone can tell me what should I do?

And also, I dont know anything about params etc.. How can I check the water param? How can I check the PH? Help~~~


Lauri 01-30-2007 08:03 AM

Firstly that is a powderblue gourami sometimes also sold as dwarf gouramis. Gouramis are very hard to breed even for the expert fish keeper. signs of breeding once the female is fat and gravid the male will attempt to build the bubblenest and entice the female to breed. Watch for the male and female to “dance” together. He will cup her body and wiggle beside her in an effort to have her release her eggs to be met by his milt. Once the fertilization has taken place, the fish break apart and the male will collect the eggs to the nest. They will repeat this sequence over the next few hours.

Are you sure its a female? male gouramis have a tendancy to fight each. You should try and sex them if your not sure this may help.
Males are usually a bit smaller than the female, and are slimmer in overall girth. Females have a rounded belly compared to the males. However, the dorsal (top) fin is the most distinctive difference that can be seen between males and females. The dorsal fin of the female is short and rounded, while the male has a longer dorsal that comes to a point.

Your lfs or local pet store should have an aquarium test kit.

See if you can get a test kit and post us your params and we can go from there. :)

d0rr 01-30-2007 09:37 AM

Thanks for your info!! You are so expert!! How do you manage to know so much? :oops:

By the way, here is the photo of the male (as what I always supposed)..

This is the best pic I've ever taken on him, as he is kind of active in the aquarium.. please enlighten me!!

Now that I've return him into the aquarium, so there's only two of them in the aquarium. I am worried if the male will keep on biting the female @_@ but the male is needed when the female breeding, right?

As for the test kit, I'll try to get it asap as its not convenient for me to go over to the shop...

d0rr 01-30-2007 09:39 AM

Ahh by the way, if the blue one is powderblue gourami, is the orange one dwarf gourami? Will they able to be mixed and breed babies? :?

Lauri 01-30-2007 09:49 AM

Well im not an expert I just did a little research :) I do not think they with interbreed but you never know. The one is a blue not sure about the other one. maybe someone else who has gouramis can help. I had pearl gouramis a while back but have never kept the dwarf or blue. do a google search for gourami species that may help you identify them better :) I would keep an eye on them if you wish to keep them together make sure the one isnt getting bullied to badly I would hate to see you lose one as they are very beautiful.

d0rr 01-30-2007 09:51 AM

HELP~~ The powderblue gourami seems to be dying!! Look at her~ But the moment I am posting this thread, she seems to swim by herself and hide behind some plants.. hmm.. is she having difficulties to breed or is she sick?? OMG...

I feel so helpless :cry:

Lauri 01-30-2007 09:55 AM

Honestly I would say she is sick. You really need to test your water. Is this the first time she has done this?

d0rr 01-30-2007 09:59 AM

Yes this is the first time she's lying ..... she is now behind plants..

* btw, how much does a test kit cost?

Lauri 01-30-2007 10:05 AM

Its very hard to say whats wrong without knowing your water params. Do you have an airstone in the tank? I have read that adding more air/bubbles can help with ill fish but I am not 100% on that.

d0rr 01-30-2007 10:10 AM

Yes, Im having air pump that pump air into the aquarium, and had switched off the water filter (scared if it will suck in the eggs/babies)

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