Well, my tank is starting to go through a cycle right now, and with the salt it's not reading the best of numbers. ph is about 8.0, alkalinity 180, hardness 225, nitrite 4.3, nitrite 27
When I pulled out the gourami and put him in isolation the number were all the same except ph at 7.8-7.9, nitrite .7, nitrate 20
So everything was pretty safe, not the best, but safe at the initial time of illness.
The thread like material may just be waste. I'm new to all of this, so I didn't want to assume. For all I know it could be a deadly internal parisite (dum dum dummmm!!!)
I looked inside the gill today. It was a dark red. I didn't see any specs, color variation, or visible parisites.
It almost looks like a chunk was taken off the gill.
The color was shade darker than this. About the color of the first instance of red gill tissue if looking left to right.
I wonder if it just go beat up and I think it's sick because I've had 4 bettas die on me recently due to a sick female I contaminated my other betta tanks with.
One of the bettas died with a swolen gill so I just assumed it was the same thing.
I can see my gourami nibling at the fake vegitation and it seems to be eating what food I put in now. It's not getting worse anyhow.
What do I do guys. Wait for the cycle and re-introduce him, or keep him quarentined until he's healed. I realy don't think he's sick anymore. Just injured.
excuse my noobness. I'm just sick of losing fish. I'm down 4 bettas and a clown barb from when I started.
BTW, it was the a clown barb that dies not the arulius barb. I'm sure the fish savy who looked giggled at my expense after that picture. :D