I have posted about my poor Honey Gourami in the past but she has started to look bad. I used her and her friend to cycle a 10 gal and Hope took poorly to the params. When I finally decided if she didn't pull out of it I was going to euthanize her, she all of the sudden decided to behave like a Gourami and eat and swim. Beau (for those soap opera viewers I did not name the male, my 12 year old niece did!!) has been getting more and more aggressive towards her and I figure it was her weak state, this past week I moved him to the other tank and put a male Platy in Hope's tank because he was getting beaten by the aggressive male Paty in the other tank.
Params have been normal for a couple of weeks now except for a small spike mid week after adding 3 Otos (down to 2 one died last night). I added an African Dwarf frog 2 weeks ago. Current params are temp 75-76, ph 8, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, and nitrate 5. Last week I tripled the plant population.
She is behaving for the most part okay, she is a sluggish for a Gourami but for her she has been quite active especially after the removal of Beau and the addition of the Platy. She and the Platy have become close friends. Hope cleans his wound and his damaged side fin. they eat together and hang out a good bit.
She is eating well and shows interest in what I am doing but her physical appearance seems to be diminishing.
This is Hope and her friend. I know these pictures aren't good but it will give you an idea. I can't seem to get in any closer with my camera.
This is picture is also from today.
This picture was Hope a couple of weeks ago when she was starting to get her color back. If you look at the above compare to this one you can see how much she has thinned down and lost her color again.
Just for comparison this picture is Beau in the other tank. When he was in the other 10 gal he didn't look this vibrant or red, so part of it is lighting but you still can see how bad Hope looks compared to Beau.
Even though I know it is hard to tell males from female, I believe I have a male and female. Hope is getting thinner on top of her body and thinner in body width. Any other ideas??