Gourami not eating?!

Swiftyfishy2008

I got a gourami and have had him for like a month and a half I think and he has always spit out his food or only eat a little bit. I thought it was just cause I recently bought him but he still doesn’t fully eat it. and now he isn’t eating at all, I have no clue what is wrong with him at this point, he doesn’t seem lethargic and will explore around the tank it’s just when it comes to eating there’s a problem, does anyone know what’s wrong with him? And the things I have for anyone wondering are a heater, filter with polyfil, bubble wall, I also used stress coat + and api quick start, yesterday I also bought him some tank mates which were 4 male tuxedo guppies, 1 neritre snails and 1 otocinclus, I wanted to buy some Pygmy Corys and celistal pearl danios but no fish stores near me sold them so yeah.
 

Tigerburp

I got a gourami and have had him for like a month and a half I think and he has always spit out his food or only eat a little bit. I thought it was just cause I recently bought him but he still doesn’t fully eat it. and now he isn’t eating at all, I have no clue what is wrong with him at this point, he doesn’t seem lethargic and will explore around the tank it’s just when it comes to eating there’s a problem, does anyone know what’s wrong with him? And the things I have for anyone wondering are a heater, filter with polyfil, bubble wall, I also used stress coat + and api quick start, yesterday I also bought him some tank mates which were 4 male tuxedo guppies, 1 neritre snails and 1 otocinclus, I wanted to buy some Pygmy Corys and celistal pearl danios but no fish stores near me sold them so yeah.
How big is the tank ,have you tried feeding garlic or entice?
 

Swiftyfishy2008

How big is the tank ,have you tried feeding garlic or entice?
10 gallon. And I forgot to mention it’s a dwarf gourami. No I haven’t tried feeding it garlic or entice yet.
 

BigManAquatics

Maybe the food is too big? I got a betta that spits out the bigger betta pellets i have, but devours the smaller pellets.
 

Zid88

10 gallon. And I forgot to mention it’s a dwarf gourami. No I haven’t tried feeding it garlic or entice yet.

You plan on buying more fish for a 10 gallon? Seems 10 gallon bit small for all that fish?

Also how is he alive for a month if he's not eating?
 

Noroomforshoe

Make sure the tempurature is 78-80 and stable. Presoke pellets and dried foods like blood worms in a cup/shotglass of his tank water for a few minutes before feeeding. Get some garlic paste, or add a few drops of water to garlic powder to make a past and soak the dried or frozen foods in it before feeding. You can also get new life spectrum foods wich are all inhanced with garlic. You can look for frozen daphnia, and other frozen foods. Also try bug bites.
 

Swiftyfishy2008

Maybe the food is too big? I got a betta that spits out the bigger betta pellets i have, but devours the smaller pellets.
I tried feeding him small flakes still, he ate one and the rest he didn’t eat.
 

Zid88

Make sure the tempurature is 78-80 and stable. Presoke pellets and dried foods like blood worms in a cup/shotglass of his tank water for a few minutes before feeeding. Get some garlic paste, or add a few drops of water to garlic powder to make a past and soak the dried or frozen foods in it before feeding. You can also get new life spectrum foods wich are all inhanced with garlic. You can look for frozen daphnia, and other frozen foods. Also try bug bites.

Why garlic? Can only imagine would make the tank stink for ages.

Also saw a nice video which said, unless the fish is sick, you can get any fish to eat whatever. Once the fish is hungry and realizes that is the food available, they eat it. Dunno, some guy with 60 tanks said he never had a fish not eating problem, I think the OP might be overthinking this problem.
 

Swiftyfishy2008

You plan on buying more fish for a 10 gallon? Seems 10 gallon bit small for all that fish?

Also how is he alive for a month if he's not eating?
No I do not plant on getting anymore, i said I was gonna get danios but ended up just getting guppies a snail and a otocinclus. I think He’s still alive cause he eats only like a small bit of the food I give him, like if i give him freeze dried daphnia he only eats like 2 of them, or he just eats it and spits it out, then eats it and keeps doing that until he just completely spits the food out.
 

Zid88

No I do not plant on getting anymore, i said I was gonna get danios but ended up just getting guppies a snail and a otocinclus. I think He’s still alive cause he eats only like a small bit of the food I give him, like if i give him freeze dried daphnia he only eats like 2 of them, or he just eats it and spits it out, then eats it and keeps doing that until he just completely spits the food out.

Does he look starved? If not, he must be eating when you're not looking.
 

Swiftyfishy2008

Does he look starved? If not, he must be eating when you're not looking.
This is what he looks like. The only reason I’m worried is cause the times I do watch him when I feed him he I don’t really see him eat, sometimes he will just completely ignore it and sometimes he will eat like a couple pieces, I never had this problem with my bettas I used to have, I just simply put food in there and they ate
Sorry I forgot the image! Here it actually is
Does he look starved? If not, he must be eating when you're not looking.
Ok I just noticed something right now when I fed my guppies freeze dried daphnia, my guppies also seem to spit out the food and eat it agian like my gourami, my gourami does it worst though, they don’t do it exactly the same but it looks similar, Am I able to take a video and post it on here?
 

DoubleDutch

The gourami looks as if it is dieing.
 

Tigerburp

Why garlic? Can only imagine would make the tank stink for ages.

Also saw a nice video which said, unless the fish is sick, you can get any fish to eat whatever. Once the fish is hungry and realizes that is the food available, they eat it. Dunno, some guy with 60 tanks said he never had a fish not eating problem, KGtropicals. I think the OP might be overthinking this problem.
Garlic has long been known to help with appetite and if You remove it after awhile it wouldn’t stink . I like to think the op knows his/her fish best
 

DoubleDutch

Should I give him salt baths or a treatment?
For what exact? I'd put it out of its missery.
 

MacZ

For what exact? I'd put it out of its missery.
Agree, it's past the point of no return.
 

Swiftyfishy2008

For what exact? I'd put it out of its missery.
Cause i think it might be fixable, I don’t think killing it is gonna be my first option, i haven’t even dont anything yet to fix it, killing it will be my last option, guess I’ll research some treatments then
 

Tigerburp

Cause i think it might be fixable, I don’t think killing it is gonna be my first option, i haven’t even dont anything yet to fix it, killing it will be my last option, guess I’ll research some treatments then
Sometimes there isn’t one, I agree that you should humanly kill it
 

Swiftyfishy2008

Sometimes there isn’t one, I agree that you should humanly kill it
I don’t want to kill it ,I also said he is active and explores around the tank and the only problem is he keeps spitting the food out and only SOMETIMES eats it, I’m noticing my other fish also don’t like the daphnia ether so I’m definitely gonna try out the flakes for a bit cause that worked for my last fish I had and when I just fed him a small pinch right now he actually ate them and didn’t spit it out like he did with the daphnia , I think the other guy that was saying the food is to big was correct and my fish might have just not been hungry or something yesterday when I tried feeding him them .
Sorry if I’m explaining it a complicated, Im new to this.
I don’t want to kill it ,I also said he is active and explores around the tank and the only problem is he keeps spitting the food out and only SOMETIMES eats it, I’m noticing my other fish also don’t like the daphnia ether so I’m definitely gonna try out the flakes for a bit cause that worked for my last fish I had and when I just fed him a small pinch right now he actually ate them and didn’t spit it out like he did with the daphnia , I think the other guy that was saying the food is to big was correct and my fish might have just not been hungry or something yesterday when I tried feeding him them . I fed a him a tiny bit of flakes agian and he didn’t spit it out surprisingly! I’ll keep trying this and might use some of the tips you guys gave me if it ends up not working. So far so good tho.
 

DoubleDutch

Could you place another pic.
Maybe the pic is fooling me.
 

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