Emergency: my dwarf gourami is dying!!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Thetanknwebie, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. Thetanknwebie

    ThetanknwebieWell Known MemberMember

    Two or three days ago I noticed my dwarf gourami was hiding a lot and staying near the bottom which is weird for him since he likes to stay near the top.

    I tested my water and for this: Ammonia: 0, Nitrite: 0, and Nitrate: 10. I did a water change hoping he would feel better but he didn't. This morning I found him lifeless, stuck in my Amazon sword. I thought he was dead but he was clinging to life.

    I moved him into an empty jar and upon closer inspection, his scales are raised and look like a pine cone. Is this dropsy? He is also really bloated. What should I do about that? What should I do for him?


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  2. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Sounds like dropsy, and it seems pretty far along :(
     
  3. BornThisWayBettas

    BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    Can you post a picture? If he's bloated and has raised scales, it does sound like dropsy, I'm afraid. :( A picture would be very helpful, though.
     
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    Thetanknwebie

    ThetanknwebieWell Known MemberMember

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    This is when he was floating vertically but not he's on his side. He's struggling to breathe and clinging onto life by a thread. Is there anything I can do to help him? I can't bring myself to euthanize him.


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  5. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    It sounds like it may be too late for him. I'm sorry :(
     
  6. BornThisWayBettas

    BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    It does look like dropsy imo, I'm sorry. :'( Not tmk, just keep him comfy until the time comes. :'( :console:
     
  7. Bijou88

    Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    It looks like dropsy to me as well. I'm sorry :( I would move him back to his tank so he can at least pass comfortably, as dropsy isn't contagious. Poor guy.

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    Thetanknwebie

    ThetanknwebieWell Known MemberMember

    How will this affect my other fish? I have 4 neon tetras, 4 rummy nose tetras, and 4 platies? How did he get this in the first place?


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    Thetanknwebie

    ThetanknwebieWell Known MemberMember

    He died when I got home from a dinner party last night. Thanks for all your help everyone


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  10. BornThisWayBettas

    BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    I'm very sorry for your loss, darling. :'( :console: R.I.P.