Dwarf Gouramis, Never Again. Rip

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I had the most lovely DG, and this morning, I found him laying on the bottom of the tank, struggling to breathe. I will shortly put him out of his misery. He was failing, I tried different things, but I think he has that disease, irdovirus. I’m so ****. He was my favorite. Little dude would commically spit water on me. He’s quarantined now. Any last ditch efforts? I’m open to advice.
 

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Are you sure it's iridovirus though? Red sores, bloating, dull color?

If it really is, nothing can be done. Sorry mate
 
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Iridium_2256 said:
Are you sure it's iridovirus though? Red sores, bloating, dull color?

If it really is, nothing can be done. Sorry mate
Yeah, I know. It really sucks euthanizing a fish. I’m a bit of a baby, even though I’m a grown woman. I hit a squirrel with my car once. Tears for hours. Lol

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Are you sure it's iridovirus though? Red sores, bloating, dull color?

If it really is, nothing can be done. Sorry mate
 

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Losing your favorite fish can be terrible. I hope someone can help you and he'll pull through.
 
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It’s gotta be. I tried everything. I’m not going to let Swimmy Timmy suffer, but does it ever suck. I wish they would fix the inbreeding problem

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Losing your favorite fish can be terrible. I hope someone can help you and he'll pull through.
Thanks! My cat seems to be picking up on my vibes, and my guy is being supportive
 

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Awww... My profile pic was my favorite fish and losing him almost made me give up on the hobby. My friends made fun of me for being that sad over a $2 fish, but he was my little buddy
 

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penguin02 said:
Awww... My profile pic was my favorite fish and losing him almost made me give up on the hobby. My friends made fun of me for being that sad over a $2 fish, but he was my little buddy
I can understand that. I cried for about an hour when my koI angelfish died, then my marble died and I cried more.
But you shouldnt give up on dwarf gouramis. They are beautiful and active fish. Dont ever let something take your joy away from you.
 
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penguin02 said:
Awww... My profile pic was my favorite fish and losing him almost made me give up on the hobby. My friends made fun of me for being that sad over a $2 fish, but he was my little buddy
Aww. I’m so sorry. Friends can be jerks. I’ve been made fun of for my general obsession with animals. If I could own a zoo, I would. Your fish was pretty
 

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How long did you have him before this occurred? I've had mine for a month or so, I don't know how long until I'm confirmed in the clear that he won't contract iridiovirus.
 
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How long did you have him before this occurred? I've had mine for a month or so, I don't know how long until I'm confirmed in the clear that he won't contract iridiovirus.
I only had him for 2 months
 

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ComradeM said:
I only had him for 2 months
Did he show any signs of illness during those two months or was his death quite sudden?
 

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I've already that I will be taking the day off when Jupiter dies. He’s 10 years old this spring. Goldfish has been through just about every one of my stupid mistakes.
 

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I have the same thing happened to me. Only had my guy for 2 months or less. Started with one red lesion I thought he got into a fight or something, never healed then few weeks after. I noticed a small bump on the tail part, after 2-3 days that bump became a lesion, another appeared and that became a lesion too. Then he started becoming less active, and next day he was bloated, I was getting me and my wife ready told er about the virus and she cried a lot! that night he was just staying on top gasping air a lot than normal then we checked 30mins after he's just dropped on a corner and passed away. Happy and sad at the same time. Happy that he didn't suffer for very long, sad because he's also a favorite fish of ours.
 
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tum0r said:
Did he show any signs of illness during those two months or was his death quite sudden?
His death was sudden. He was stomping around the tank until a week ago
 

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Dwarf Gouramis are probrably one of the most abused fish in the aqurium hobby as well as goldfish and bettas. People will inbreed the **** out of them just to make a quick buck. You have to know who you're buying from. Ask your LFS who they stock them from and do some research on them.
 
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Iridium_2256 said:
Dwarf Gouramis are probrably one of the most abused fish in the aqurium hobby as well as goldfish and bettas. People will inbreed the out of them just to make a quick buck. You have to know who you're buying from. Ask your LFS who they stock them from and do some research on them.
Oh, I know. It’s truly horrible. I love them so much, and my excuse is that he looked so healthy. I keep looking for a reputable breeder, but no luck. I also rescued a Betta. He’s in a different tank, of course, a nice 7 gallon with barely any filter current. I would never stick a fish in a bowl, especially with what I know about goldfish. I really wish they’d stop breeding the heck out of the gouramis. I’d love some dwarf rams, but I heard the same issues apply to them- they’re getting sick due to over breeding. Ugh
 

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Sorry for your loss Sounds similar to my situation now which appears to have worsened today. I was hoping it wasn't DGD but after reading this I'm afraid it might be... Poor little guys don't stand a chance with all the inbreeding.
 

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