My Gold Gourami's Color has Darkened??? Is this color change a problem?? Airration?
Hey there fellow aquatic enthusiasts,
:question: I have a gold gourami and his color has changed from average gold to dark gold with blackish tinted areas that stand out. This is not a body disease, I am sure of that. He is eating regularly, has a great disposition with his various tank mates in the 55 gallon. Is there a problem related to that color change?
:question: One more question, this 55 gallon tank has a magnum 350 canister filter, and 2 bio wheels operating on it; but should there be more air-ration in this tank, he sometimes goes up to the top and mouth breathes and then just goes about his normal business of living in the tank. If I need more air-ration what would you recommend? (I was planning on getting a large, hydor decorative blue geyser, which would add more air-ration and bubbles).
I don't think you need more air unless you want it. Gouramis breathe from the surface (can't recall if it is exclusively or to supplement their oxygen), so I would guess it is fine. The dark gold color doesn't really sound like a bad thing to me. It sounds like a deeper color rather than a pale color which could be indicative of stress. But I think you should wait to see what everyone else chimes in. I haven't had gouramis in years. :)
I have 2 new baby angel fish that I bought and added 2:30 pm-ish yesterday. I thought for sure they would die last night, they were acting strange(jerky movements, gliding on their sides, looking with mouths pointing upward while mouthing at the water's surface. Last night, I added more ammonia & chlorine (ClorAM-X) remover just to try to help them survive, I think it got them through to see today. this tank is recently newly set-up everyone is doing fine but I am worried about them. Juvenile Angels are so fragile and sensitive to various types of changes within the tank. I notice them at the top of the tank mouth breathing often, then they act and look normal and repeat those behaviors. No-one is picking on them, surprisingly. I asked about the air-ration issue and posed the question to you earlier. Should I provide more air-ration? I mentioned that I have a 350 magnum canister filter and 2 bio-wheels running at the present time. They have been eating bloodworms & flake & food occasionally at rare moments check out the other side of the tank or slowly rather jerkily glide to different levels of the tank. I am just a bit rusty, this is my first 55 gallon tank in about 3 years. I have those angels and african dwarf frogs, plattys, gouramis. Do you have suggestions or recommendations?
Your gourami is really stressed. Either you added new tank mates or the water conditions are falling off. Gouramis are prone to slime disorders so be careful.
Did you test the tank water for ammonia and nitrite readings? Sounds like this is a new setup and your tank is cycling. If ammonia and/or nitrite are present you will need to do a water change.
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