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Help!!

My fish is getting pregnant but she seems weak!


Btw, can anyone determine what fish she is? Im a noob here @[email protected]

There was a male in the aquarium but I've taken him out of the aquarium because he kept on biting her tail!! But I heard that the male needs to be there for the birth of fishes, anyone can tell me what should I do?

And also, I dont know anything about params etc.. How can I check the water param? How can I check the PH? Help~~~

Thanks!!
 
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Firstly that is a powderblue gourami sometimes also sold as dwarf gouramis. Gouramis are very hard to breed even for the expert fish keeper. signs of breeding once the female is fat and gravid the male will attempt to build the bubblenest and entice the female to breed. Watch for the male and female to “dance” together. He will cup her body and wiggle beside her in an effort to have her release her eggs to be met by his milt. Once the fertilization has taken place, the fish break apart and the male will collect the eggs to the nest. They will repeat this sequence over the next few hours.

Are you sure its a female? male gouramis have a tendancy to fight each. You should try and sex them if your not sure this may help.
Males are usually a bit smaller than the female, and are slimmer in overall girth. Females have a rounded belly compared to the males. However, the dorsal (top) fin is the most distinctive difference that can be seen between males and females. The dorsal fin of the female is short and rounded, while the male has a longer dorsal that comes to a point.

Your lfs or local pet store should have an aquarium test kit.

See if you can get a test kit and post us your params and we can go from there. :)
 

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Thanks for your info!! You are so expert!! How do you manage to know so much? :oops:

By the way, here is the photo of the male (as what I always supposed)..



This is the best pic I've ever taken on him, as he is kind of active in the aquarium.. please enlighten me!!

Now that I've return him into the aquarium, so there's only two of them in the aquarium. I am worried if the male will keep on biting the female @[email protected] but the male is needed when the female breeding, right?

As for the test kit, I'll try to get it asap as its not convenient for me to go over to the shop...
 

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Ahh by the way, if the blue one is powderblue gourami, is the orange one dwarf gourami? Will they able to be mixed and breed babies? :?
 
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Well im not an expert I just did a little research :) I do not think they with interbreed but you never know. The one is a blue not sure about the other one. maybe someone else who has gouramis can help. I had pearl gouramis a while back but have never kept the dwarf or blue. do a google search for gourami species that may help you identify them better :) I would keep an eye on them if you wish to keep them together make sure the one isnt getting bullied to badly I would hate to see you lose one as they are very beautiful.
 

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HELP~~ The powderblue gourami seems to be dying!! Look at her~ But the moment I am posting this thread, she seems to swim by herself and hide behind some plants.. hmm.. is she having difficulties to breed or is she sick?? OMG...

I feel so helpless :cry:
 
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Honestly I would say she is sick. You really need to test your water. Is this the first time she has done this?
 

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Yes this is the first time she's lying ..... she is now behind plants..

* btw, how much does a test kit cost?
 
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Its very hard to say whats wrong without knowing your water params. Do you have an airstone in the tank? I have read that adding more air/bubbles can help with ill fish but I am not 100% on that.
 

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Yes, Im having air pump that pump air into the aquarium, and had switched off the water filter (scared if it will suck in the eggs/babies)
 
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Yes, Im having air pump that pump air into the aquarium, and had switched off the water filter (scared if it will suck in the eggs/babies)
Dont turn the filter off how long has it been off? That maybe your problem with her being at the bottom of the tank. Never turn the filter off unless you are cleaning it or doing a water change. Do you see the bubble nest with eggs in it?
 

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No I dont see any bubble nest, which I am desperately looking forward for it..

I suppose I should prepare a quiet and not-so-rushingly-circulated water for the gourami to breed?

Thx!
 
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Okay first turn your filter back on so your fishy does not die please :) If there were a bubble nest you would not be able to miss it they are large and at the top of the tank. Secondly go out and buy yourself a test kit you can get them at any pet or local fish store.
If your gourami survives this ordeal and you are serious about breeding gouramis read this article http://az.essortment.com/breedinggourami_rdks.htm
 

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Alrighty.

So I'll get a test kit and get the reading of ... PH? What else should I take care of?

Thanks a million for your help!!
 
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d0rr said:
Alrighty.

So I'll get a test kit and get the reading of ... PH? What else should I take care of?

Thanks a million for your help!!
You need to test for Nitrite, Ammonia, Nitrate and PH levels on a regular basis.
 

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Roger that! I will do it asap! Thanks for your precious opinions and info!

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* fyi, she is still alive!
 

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You should have realize that gourami is a male.:mrgreen: Females are rather drab and silvery in color. As for those different colors, dwarf gouramis are available in a wide range of colors nowadays. They are not that hardy these days compared to the past.
 

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I had the same problem with my honey gouramis. It seems to be a digestive disease. I wish I could be the bearer of better news, but, my female died. Unless you can entice her to eat, you can then fed her medicated food, I don't think that there is much hope. Sorry.
 
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