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dazeek 08-05-2010 07:28 AM

question about gourami who cant swim
Hello. About 4 weeks ago I added two flame dwarf gourami to my 150g tank. From the first day, one is seemingly, not a good swimmer. Upon closer observation I noticed that his back fins do not puff out to swim as the others do. I didn't think he would survive but so far he has. He will swim out across the tank and then back to the corner where he will lay down on the gravel (appearing to be dead but if you look closely he is very much alive). Sometimes, he will stay there for hours before making another lap. I feel so bad for him as his life seems to be such a struggle yet i dont have the heart to pull him out. I was wondering if anyone has had a similar situation and if there is hope for recovery for him? The other fish seem to leave him alone so I dont fear for his safety at all in the tank. And, like I said he has been like this since we brought him home.

kitten_penang 08-06-2010 09:53 AM

what other fish do you keep? sometimes fishes clamp up their fins because their sick mostly cause by parasites but i'm not sure whether yours is. is there anything else wrong with it like not eating, laboured breathing or other problems?

dazeek 08-06-2010 12:21 PM

I have 3 other dwarf gouramis, 3 phantom tetras, 2 tiger barbs, 2 algae eaters, 1 pleco, 5 serpae tetras, 2 rummy nose tetras, 2 bosmonis, 4 australian rainbows, 2 turquoise rainbows and 2 unidentifed catfish. He doesnt seem sick. He breathes ok and eats. He just seems to be a bad swimmer. would the parasites be contagious? Is there something i can look for?

kitten_penang 08-07-2010 03:17 AM

my fish clamp up if they are getting ich or fungus when the water temp get too cool or fluctuates but if the others seem fine and he seems fine too other then the swimming part i don't think thats the problem. maybe he just want a quiet place to rest from all those other over active fish or maybe one or 2 of your other fish are picking on him and he hides there cause he feels safe like a refuge. keep and eye on him.a stressed out fish will get sick sooner or later and you dont want that to happen in the tank. maybe a clean small flower pot near his resting place will help ease the stress (if he has any)

dazeek 08-07-2010 07:04 AM

With great sadness, I found he had passed away sometime through the night. :(

kitten_penang 08-07-2010 07:34 AM

poor thing. we dint even find out whats wrong wth him =( so sorry to hear that.

Byron 08-07-2010 04:48 PM

Sorry the fish didn't make it.

Something else pops out at me in your fish stocking. I will assume the 150g is not a typo in post #1 and this is a 150 gallon tank.

You have several species of shoaling fish that must be kept in a group in order to be free of stress and in good health. The tetras and barbs are in this category, and most of these should be in a group of at least six but more if space allows (which it does in a 150g). Plus, a larger group will possibly avoid the aggressive nipping tendencies of the Serpae Tetra and Tiger Barb. If you read the profiles of these two species, you will see they need larger groups. Click on the shaded fish name to go to the profile, or click on the second tab from the left in the blue bar at the top.

Rummynose will not do well in a pair, they really need larger groups, 8+ would be much better.

All these fish also need cover, best from plants. Please have a read of the profiles.


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