Alrighty folks, heyho.
I have a 20 gallon community tank currently with some gourami residents, harlequin tetras, and a single beautiful golden nugget pleco.
Two of my gourami's are sick. =\ ...I think.
One I've had isolated for about a week now, it started showing signs of what I believed were illness. Slowed down a lot, didn't do much, not interested in eating, etc. etc. I've got pics of it then and one of it now.
I wanted to note the odd bulges in the body, not sure if they're visible.. now the fish has been poopin' white, also. I read that could be a sign of internal parasites? Doesn't seem very keen on eating, either. Sometimes I'll catch it laying on its side, but for the most part it does absolutely nothing.
This is the exact same type of fish that I bought at the same time, still in the aquarium swimmin' around.
( Are the orange colors on its feelers normal? Also, does anyone else see the dent looking thingy behind his head? Almost perfect circle behind his eye a bit. It's not coloration, it looks like an actual fluctuation in his body.)
Now onto my second sick fishy, a little orange gourami. Beautiful guy, definately my favorite in the aquarium. He was always really happy and healthy, and this past week only we've had a tremendous spike in ammonia, it's down now, but the PH is off the charts. Working on that. Yesterday morning, my hyperactive little gold friend was floating at the top doing absolutely nothing. He was bent a little, and wouldn't move worth crap. He was still alive, just bent. I took him out and put him into a smaller containter with just a dash of aquarium salt to try and maybe help him out. Here's pics.
Happy Goldy (in aquarium): http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...happygoldy.jpg
Sick Goldy: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3.../sickgoldy.jpg
Sick Goldy 2: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...sickgoldy2.jpg
Note that's all he does is float there, when I stir the container he'll swim around actively for a few moments, then just do that again. He's not even movin' his little fins, just.. floatin'. I'm very upset, I like this guy a lot.
Welp, that's that. I'd love to give you guys readings, but I take my water to the lfs and they read it for me. Ammonia is down they said after treatment over the weekend, everything is fine except for PH, they said it's off the charts high, and actually wanna test just the regular tap water. I'm giving them that sample today.
I haven't really done anything except confine these guys, wanna stop my other fish from getting sick (especially the pleco, not exactly a quarter goldfish there...) I tried giving the dwarf gourami some internal bactera stuff, but he wouldn't eat it. Other than that, just confinement with a dash of salt (heard it helps calm them down).