Help! Dwarf Gourami Laying Around Breathing Heavy

Celso
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5690885D-A49B-4F71-9968-3344C2173DE4.jpeg Hey Guys, my dwarf gourami has been in a 15 gal tank for about 2 weeks now, 3-Platys 1-DG since this morning I noticed he has been sitting around/laying all day in different areas, and breathing kinda rapid. He did come up when I fed the tank this morning but went right back down after. I have been treating Ick from 2 of my platy’s recently as well.
I love my fire DG and I hate to see him like this, he’s Usually swimming And happy.
WATER LEVELS- Nitrate:10, nitrite:0, Amonia:5
 
toeknee
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Are you sure Amonia:5? Anything above 0 is very harmful if not deadly.
 
Celso
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Are you sure Amonia:5? Anything above 0 is very harmful if not deadly.
I mean .25 lol
 
CanadianFishFan
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toeknee
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It's estimated a minimum of %30 of dwarf gouramis in the hobby suffer from iridovirus, or dwarf gourami disease. Long story short it is not curable and any D.G. with D.G. disease will eventually die from it no matter what you do. It can be slow or fast depending on the gouramis tank conditions. I've had a D.G. die withing the last year because of iridovirus. He was active and zipping around one week, the following week he spent his final days on the bottom of the tank breathing rapidly. I can't guarantee yours has it but it's pretty likely.
 
Celso
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It's estimated a minimum of %30 of dwarf gouramis in the hobby suffer from iridovirus, or dwarf gourami disease. Long story short it is not curable and any D.G. with D.G. disease will eventually die from it no matter what you do. It can be slow or fast depending on the gouramis tank conditions. I've had a D.G. die withing the last year because of iridovirus. He was active and zipping around one week, the following week he spent his final days on the bottom of the tank breathing rapidly. I can't guarantee yours has it but it's pretty likely.
yeah I was reading about it, it’s so sad. It has to be that because my other fish seem 100% fine even though 2 has ick they still look happy

Could it be the dreadful Dwarf Gourami Disease?
That’s what I’m thinking
 
CanadianFishFan
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Mine always start off like that. The one I had passed away last week from it. Laying on its side breathing heavy... Poor gouramis.
 
Celso
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Mine always start off like that. The one I had passed away last week from it. Laying on its side breathing heavy... Poor gouramis.
So what should I do? just leave him to die pretty much?
 
toeknee
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Tough to say. Considering other fish in your tank have ich it's possible he's suffering form ich too. Can't rule that out. In certain stages of ich it can't be seen on fish and can cause a good amount of stress. I would properly treat the tank for ich first if your for sure other fish in the tank have it. Then go from there.
 
Celso
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Tough to say. Considering other fish in your tank have ich it's possible he's suffering form ich too. Can't rule that out. In certain stages of ich it can't be seen on fish and can cause a good amount of stress. I would properly treat the tank for ich first if your for sure other fish in the tank have it. Then go from there.
Ok yeah, my red platy has no more on his fins or body, but my yellow one has some, the temp is also at 86
 
CanadianFishFan
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Theres no cure for DGD : ( I tryed salt bath on his final days ( I don't know what for but who knows, I thought it was dropsy anyway....oops)
 
Celso
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Theres no cure for DGD : ( I tryed salt bath on his final days ( I don't know what for but who knows, I thought it was dropsy anyway....oops)
I woke up this morning he was dead
 
toeknee
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Probably wasn't anything you could have done. Now you should tackle your ich problem. Raising your tank temps to 86 degrees for two weeks should get rid of ich. Here's an article detailing how to treat ich with heat. Using Heat to Treat Ich in Freshwater Tropical Fish - Article at The Age of Aquariums - Tropical Fish
 
DoubleDutch
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Only thing effective way to prevent DGD is not to buy DG's anymore.

This issue serious has catastrophic proportions. A beautiful fish (the most beautiful one to me) that is completely destroyed by "us" humans.

I think I've read thousands of threads exactly alike. They all ended the same way.
Serious : the trade should take action.
 
toeknee
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Agreed, DG's should currently not be available to buy in the trade. Shame, they're such a great fish plagued by problems we caused.
 
Celso
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Probably wasn't anything you could have done. Now you should tackle your ich problem. Raising your tank temps to 86 degrees for two weeks should get rid of ich. Here's an article detailing how to treat ich with heat. Using Heat to Treat Ich in Freshwater Tropical Fish - Article at The Age of Aquariums - Tropical Fish
Thank you
 
Letsfish
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It's estimated a minimum of %30 of dwarf gouramis in the hobby suffer from iridovirus, or dwarf gourami disease. Long story short it is not curable and any D.G. with D.G. disease will eventually die from it no matter what you do. It can be slow or fast depending on the gouramis tank conditions. I've had a D.G. die withing the last year because of iridovirus. He was active and zipping around one week, the following week he spent his final days on the bottom of the tank breathing rapidly. I can't guarantee yours has it but it's pretty likely.
Yep, I lost one last year to indovirus.I took him about 6 weeks to die.Most of the stock comes for Asia where they inbreed the heck out of them,so inless I can get DG from a different source I`m done with them.
 

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Celso
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Only thing effective way to prevent DGD is not to buy DG's anymore.

This issue serious has catastrophic proportions. A beautiful fish (the most beautiful one to me) that is completely destroyed by "us" humans.

I think I've read thousands of threads exactly alike. They all ended the same way.
Serious : the trade should take action.
I know huh. It’s my fav freshwater fish I might try an angel now
 
GeorgeDaGreat
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My dwarf gourami died a few months ago from DGD. I replaced him with a pair of pearl gouramis. Still not sure which I prefer but I'm leaning towards they pearls.
 
BottomDweller
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I know huh. It’s my fav freshwater fish I might try an angel now
15 gallons is much too small for angels. They also need warmer water than platies.
 
GeorgeDaGreat
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Celso
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My dwarf gourami died a few months ago from DGD. I replaced him with a pair of pearl gouramis. Still not sure which I prefer but I'm leaning towards they pearls.
so it’s not all DG species that carry this?
 
Letsfish
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Right now I have a pair of Pearls in my QT,they have been in there for a week and got another 3 or 4 weeks to go before they get transferred.
 
BottomDweller
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so it’s not all DG species that carry this?
I believe only dwarf gouramis can get it. Other gouramis such as honeys, pearls, sparkling and moonlight should be safe.
 

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