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Freddy 12-09-2011 04:59 PM

Blue gourami has torn spots
I just noticed my blue gourami has several spots, about 1/2 inch in diameter, on its sides. I've never seen this before. The gourami is in a 90 gallon tank, ammonia, nitrites, nitrates are all fine, ph of 7.5, with an African butterfly fish, a spotted leaf fish, an angelfish, some tiger barbs, and some glass barbs.
Is this a disease, or results of bullying by the angelfish? The angelfish used to peck at the gourami, like kissing gouramis do, when they thought they had to compete for food or territory. I thought this had stopped, but could this be the result of bullying or a disease?
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maxw47 01-22-2012 12:47 AM

I don't think that the angelfish would inflict wounds on a gourami like that, but maybe the tiger barbs. How many tiger barbs do you have, low numbers could make them more aggressive. I used to have tiger barbs with a kuhli loache and even though they had a well developed school, the still bugged it. gouramis are also slower moving fish and tiger barbs are high energy. You could try removing the tiger barbs OR raising their numbers a little so that they don't grow aggressive.

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