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Mgreen 02-12-2012 06:41 PM

Gourami Not Swiming Right!?
My Honey Gourami is not swimming normal, it is kind of rocking back and forth and never staying still. I lost the other Gourami earlier this week, has this one been infected? THe other Gourami did not do this..New aquarist and having some troubles.

NCmatt1990 02-14-2012 01:30 PM

Do you have an airstone and pump on this tank?

Mgreen 02-15-2012 06:17 PM

I have neither, only filter, light, and heater.

NCmatt1990 02-15-2012 08:16 PM

You need to get some sort of oxygen in the water. I know most gourami's have the ability to suck air from the waters surface but they still need some sort of oxygen. Also, what is the pH?

thekoimaiden 02-15-2012 11:08 PM

How long has your tank been set up? Can you tell us the water parameters? Ph? Nitrate? Nitrite? Ammonia?

Mgreen 02-17-2012 02:44 PM

Tank is 2 months new. Water is fine ammonia is 0, ph is alittle high at 8.2. All other fish are fine, lost 2 honey gourami in a week.

thekoimaiden 02-17-2012 03:16 PM

What about hardness? I know soft-water fish in hard water can cause some organ problems. Maybe you should take this over to the disease subforum as it sounds like your tank is cycled.

Mgreen 02-17-2012 03:25 PM

Thanks for the advice

afremont 02-22-2012 05:29 PM

Dwarf gourami are extremely sensitive to high levels of nitrItes. Like the other poster said, give him some more air. You can never really have too much. Check your nitrItes and let us know please. Is it panthing or pumping its gills kinda hard?

Mgreen 02-22-2012 07:19 PM

I brought my water to the local pet store and they said my water was fine, only the ph was was around 8. Sadly I lost the gourami, 2nd in two weeks. I think the ph was too high for them, all other fish are fine in the tank. I purchased another Honey Gourami, a baby, the other two were young adults. I am trying to lower the ph naturally in my tank, down to 7.7, I am trying to avoid adding any chemicals to get the ph down. Looking into maybe adding a live plant and am looking for other ways to naturally lower and maintain a low ph.

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