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post #1 of 7 Old 02-13-2012, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Sicl gold gourami fish !!

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i am so new in world of aqua fish , so kindly try to help me

now i have a small tank about 5 US Gallon(18Liter) temp 80F (27C)
it contains
1 golden gourami fish
2 tiger fish
1 red molly fish
1 female betta

now the golden gourami for more than a week , it becames so lazy almost don't move , fixed in one place at the tank bottom for hours and it just moves when i begin to put some foods

if i put some flakes it almost don't move , if i put dryed worms it moves some how well to eats , also sometimes when i turn off the tank light , it begins to move

i change the water 50% every week once ,and i feeds the fish once every day

also the red molly has a small yellow patch near its mouth

so what should i do

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-13-2012, 02:00 PM
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It's because the fish are too stressed out. That tank is way too small.

Betta's and gouramis are like inlaws. Somewhat related and generally cant stand each other.
Tiger fish.. do you mean Tiger Barb? These are active swimmers, which again neither the betta or gourami like and need at least a 20g tank. My gold gourami is about the size of the palm of my hand.. and I have failry large hands. It's much too big for your tank.

I would see if you can bring all the fish back to the store except for the female betta.
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-13-2012, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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It's because the fish are too stressed out. That tank is way too small.

Betta's and gouramis are like inlaws. Somewhat related and generally cant stand each other.
Tiger fish.. do you mean Tiger Barb? These are active swimmers, which again neither the betta or gourami like and need at least a 20g tank. My gold gourami is about the size of the palm of my hand.. and I have failry large hands. It's much too big for your tank.

I would see if you can bring all the fish back to the store except for the female betta.

my gold gourami is not such big , it is about 6 - 8 cm and it was so so active for more than 2 months !! so i guess the tank is not small
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-13-2012, 02:16 PM
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Do you have a test kit by chance to tell if there is any ammonia nitrites or nitrates in the water? Your fish store/pet store should be able to do this for you if you dont have one yourself. Make sure you ask for exact numbers though, dont accept "You're levels are fine" as this tells us nothing. Ammonia and NitrItes need to be 0. NitrAtes should be 20 or less.

Your gold gourami is growing though.. or trying to at least. With such a small tank it will appear to stop growing but the organs will keep growing. This is probably why it used to be active but isn't lately. It will die soon without a larger tank. Blue Gourami is the same species as gold gourami, just different colour. You can click on the shaded name to see more information.

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post #5 of 7 Old 02-14-2012, 08:05 AM
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How long has your tank been set up? Do a large water change with dechlorinated water. Gourami are particulary sensitive to high levels of nitrItes. The gourami should be coming to the top every few minutes to get air from the surface. If he's not doing that, then he feels pretty badly.

Does it look like he is breathing hard or panting? Do the gills look the same on each side?
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How long has your tank been set up? Do a large water change with dechlorinated water. Gourami are particulary sensitive to high levels of nitrItes. The gourami should be coming to the top every few minutes to get air from the surface. If he's not doing that, then he feels pretty badly.

Does it look like he is breathing hard or panting? Do the gills look the same on each side?
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The gourami should be coming to the top every few minutes to get air from the surface.
yes it did

but sometimes it moved so so fast to other side of the tank , asif it was to break through the tank wall !!!
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-15-2012, 09:06 AM
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Assuming you don't have ammonia or nitrIte issues. Darting is a sign of parasites. Does the fish rub or scratch on decorations in the tank? Does it turn on its side and rapidly accelerate while making a turn. If it's doing these things, I'd suspect external parasites of some kind.
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