Need some further insight please. I am still having problems with Hope the Honey Gourami. She has gone from sitting on the bottom and leaning up against things to rocking when she sits and moves her side fins and feelers. Sitting she would frequently be at an upward diagonal. She lost most of her color. The top of the head was kind of bluish-grey and lower head orangish and then progressively paler to her tail. She rarely was seens eating and only moved when the other one picked on her and chased her, sometimes she swam well and other time she didn't. She always had the strength to get to the other side as I would come back into the room and she would be sitting on the other side. At times I couldn't see any gill movement.
Well this week she has only progressed as far at still sitting in the bottom but not rocking but occasionally I couldn't see gill movement and wondered if she was going to be a floater.. She doesn't sit at an angle anymore (so far) She still for the most part moves only when chased and seems to be in control of her swimming. She has two favorite places to sit and I never see her anywhere else. In the last week Thursday was the first time I saw her eat but she didn't surface she pecked at the bottom a couple of times. Her color has halfway return but this seems to vary from day to day. I have put in a couple of shrimp pellets to help entise since she won't surface to eat hoping this would help get her to eat.
This week her top fin and tail fin have turned a grey wash-black wash color. She doesn't seem to be withering away form lack of food.
The only other changes I have seen in the tank are green algae on the sponge filter tube and sponge itself and on a couple pieces of gravel (completely passed over the brown algae). I think this has come about because the incandescent lighting I had. I changed over to flourescent on Monday. Temp is now regulated since lighting change. Also my Red Luwigia in this tank has developed something white on some of its leaves. It looks like the fine dust created by baby powder.
I have been changing the water 10% every night increasing in the last week to 25% only missing a couple nights. Tank is still cycling.Params have gone
From PH 8-8.1 ammonia 1, nitrite .25, nitrate 0
TO PH 8.1, ammonia 0. nitrite .5, nitrate .25
The other one is thriving. The weak one is starting to show signs of abuse from the other. There are a couple places very slightly damaged on her tail and looks like she has been nipped at a couple of times on the side of her face. I have seen the other one go after her face and chase her.
Is there something else going on that I'm missing?
Sorry to be so long but I didn't want to leave anything possibly important out.