Emergency: my dwarf gourami is dying!!

Thetanknwebie

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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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Sounds like dropsy, and it seems pretty far along
 
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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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It sounds like it may be too late for him. I'm sorry
 

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


 

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