Flame gourami

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Shortfuuzze, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. Shortfuuzze

    Shortfuuzze Valued Member Member

    Today I noticed my flame gourami, Blaze, had long white stringy poop trailing behind him....almost like spider silk. I've also noticed the last 4/5 days his eating habits has dropped off quite a bit. When he does swim to the surface to eat it's only a flake or two.

    He's very slow in his movements, not like his fins are moving slow just as in the speed he's swimming. He's also been spending a lot of time in the same spot, bout 4" below water line, "staring" at the heater.



    The absolute only thing I have done differently in the past week was I added liquid Co2 for my plants. Recommended dosage was about 2.5ml for my tank, I added 2ml.

    I've noticed him go for surface air more often lately so....did I screw him up?? I worried and did a 60% water change about an hour ago

    *my girlfriend thinks he doesn't look as colorful lately either. I cannot say I agree or disagree because I haven't taken much notice of his color till she said something

    EDIT: all other fish in tank are swimming and eating just fine. No behavior change


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    Last edited: Jul 19, 2015
  2. BornThisWayBettas

    BornThisWayBettas Fishlore VIP Member

    Sounds like an internal parasite, which sadly, I don't know much about treating.
     
  3. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    If it's a parasite, it may be an older change that you're just now seeing the effects of. When did you get him and when did you last add other fish?
     




  4. OP
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    Shortfuuzze

    Shortfuuzze Valued Member Member

    All fish have been in the tank about 3/4 months now....

    Angel and gourami came from a 10 gallon I bought about 10 months ago.....

    3 rosey tetra, 3 black fin tetra, 3 neon tetra were added when I upgraded tanks 3/4 months ago.


    * I'm aware I need more of each tetra....working on larger tank

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  5. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    It's possible that he had it from the beginning. An angel and a DG in a 10 gal was likely stressful for both. I know other members have had more experience with treating internal parasite infections, and should be able to offer some good medication suggestions.
     
  6. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

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    Shortfuuzze

    Shortfuuzze Valued Member Member

    Ya think so DoubleDutch??? I've read a little about it but he never showed any signs....had him about 10 months now.....that would really sucks!

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  8. OP
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    Shortfuuzze

    Shortfuuzze Valued Member Member

    Well he's quarantined for now in a 10 gallon tank.....see how he does over the next few days. I really hope none of my other fish get sick because of this!!

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  9. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    10 months is quite long for Irido-symptoms to appear so hoping/thinking I am wrong. Is their some algae (wafers) in its diet ???
     
  10. OP
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    Shortfuuzze

    Shortfuuzze Valued Member Member

    No algae wafers in its diet....flakes and frozen blood worms for his diet.....does he need algae wafers??

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  11. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    You could buy some "green" flakes as well.
    The natural diet of gouramies (though flames aren't a natural variaty) does contain algae / plantparts aso.
    The diet given is often too proteinrich which can cause healthproblems !
     
  12. OP
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    Shortfuuzze

    Shortfuuzze Valued Member Member

    Thnx for the help doubledutch! Really appreciate it

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  13. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    You're welcome : fingers crossed your fish will get better !!
     




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