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rjwwrx 09-30-2011 03:32 PM

Dwarf gourami disease?
First post here so hello everyone!

I bought a dwarf gourami about two weeks ago and I am now noticing a spot on his right side behind his eye that I'm not sure about. It's red around the edges and looks kinda fluffy and white in the middle. After doing some reading/looking at some pics today I'm pretty sure it is DGD. Water parameters are good with nitrates under 20ppm. Should I just take him out now and save him the suffering?

He is in my 55 gal tank with:
5 zebra Damion
2 glass catfish (2 more soon)
1 marble veil angel

I might try to get a picture up tonight.
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k19smith 09-30-2011 09:34 PM

I know nothing about it but how does the fish act? That would be my deciding factor. I grabbed this off google
Dwarf gourami disease (DGD). Sometimes caused by a bacteria, sometimes by a virus. Bacterial form may be treated at early stages with antibiotics; otherwise untreatable. Quarantine sick fish immediately as DGD is highly contagious. Provide optimal water conditions and hope for a natural recovery; otherwise destroy the fish painlessly. DGD is most easily avoided by not keeping dwarf gouramis, but instead opting for similar but resistant species such as Colisa labiosus and Colisa fasciata.

rjwwrx 10-04-2011 08:44 AM

He was really skittish the couple days after my post, hiding in a cave he never used to go in and not moving much. I did a 20% water change and he seems much improved afterwards. I don't know if it is just luck or if the water change made a big difference for him. The sore however is still there and doesn't really look any better.

k19smith 10-04-2011 01:08 PM

I would keep up the water changes, clean water can make a big difference and prevent infection.

rjwwrx 10-04-2011 02:00 PM

I'll keep up with the water changes and hope he pulls through!

k19smith 10-04-2011 03:06 PM

Since he has made it this long that is a good sign, normally I would say to use a med to prevent fungus/infection but I'm not sure in this case as he's made it a while. If you can post pictures that may help.

rjwwrx 10-04-2011 10:06 PM

This is the best picture I could come up with.

rjwwrx 10-06-2011 02:29 PM

anyone have any idea about what this spot is?

k19smith 10-06-2011 10:47 PM

It's really hard for me to tell with the picture, even if the picture was 100% perfect it would be hard for me to say. Is it just that one spot?

rjwwrx 10-06-2011 10:52 PM

Yes it's just that one spot
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