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post #21 of 28 Old 01-30-2007, 10:00 PM
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I can tell you from looking at the photo that you had 2 MALE dwarf gouramis. The 2nd, healthier one is usually labeled as a "flame dwarf" or "red dwarf" gourami. They are the same species just different color morph. It looks pretty obvious from the photos that there was a lot of conflict going on between the 2 fish, and they needed to be seperated.

Female dwarf gouramis have almost no color to them, they are very plain looking with little markings. They are usally a silvery white in color, and are not easy to find in the LFS's because there isn't as much of a market for them (people don't like them as much because they aren't as colorful)

Sorry to hear about your loss... how big of a tank is this?

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post #22 of 28 Old 01-31-2007, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Still cant draw out from the sadness of losing them one by one, and am really worried for the rest of them. I will get the aquarium cleaned and get a test kit to return them a healthy world!!

I dont know how big is my tank (my maths sucks) But you can roughly judge it (and tell me) from the pic below. It stood beside a 29" old-type TV that you can only find in 90s'...



May them rest in peace...
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post #23 of 28 Old 01-31-2007, 02:07 AM
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Hi Dorr.

Sorry to hear that. We'll try to ask you more details to help you prevent such incident in the future.:)

What are the dimensions of your tank?:) Pls post them here in terms of centimeters. What and how many fish have died so far?

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post #24 of 28 Old 01-31-2007, 05:15 AM
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Sorry to hear of your loss d0rr, unfortunately this could have been avoided if you had tried to sex them in the beginning when I posted information on how to tell them apart. Hope the rest of your tank does well.
 
post #25 of 28 Old 02-05-2007, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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I feel so sorry about the death :( still couldnt get out of it yet.....

I went down to my neighbourhood fish shops and only one of them are selling water testkits. They have dedicated testkits for each element testing (pH, ammonia etc.) and the owner told me that they'll have a new testkit (can be reused ) arriving today, which can test "everything" (which I dont know what's those "everything" =_=) the owner seems to know nothing much!!

I tried to search online and found testkits that mostly comes in papers that you can test your water and returns colors, but couldnt find anything about "reusable" ones...

Please, can anyone enlighten me?? Which should I get? I feel so helpless.... and for newbie like me who's not gonna breed more than gourami or ordinary fishies, what kind of test is essential??

Thanks!!!
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post #26 of 28 Old 02-05-2007, 06:53 PM
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An API Master Freshwater test kit should help you.:) Ignore the strips. They do not give accurate results.

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post #27 of 28 Old 02-05-2007, 08:17 PM
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srry for your fish :( my gouramis have been acking wierd cus of breeding season.
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post #28 of 28 Old 02-06-2007, 11:58 AM
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One of the best and still cheapest test kits is put out by Aquarium Pharmacuticals... The master kit includes everything you should need except nitrate... here are links for the master kit and the nitrate kit...

http://www.petmountain.com/product/t...alt-water.html

http://www.petmountain.com/product/t...-test-kit.html

Liquid kits are always the better way to go, and the only "reusable" test I can think of would be an electronic meter, which can get expensive. The tests that will be most important to you are ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH.

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