Lonely Gourami?

  1. Violetskies

    Violetskies Valued Member Member

    Is it possible that my Gold Gourami, Nugget, is lonely? I had him in a 40 gallon tank with a small school of Serpae tetras, a couple cories, and a pleco. I'm going to college in the fall, and my mom is going to be taking care of that tank for me until I get back. So to make it as easy for her as possible, I sold all the fish except Nugget to my LFS. Now he's alone in the tank, and his activity has changed drastically. He barely comes out of his cave except to eat or get air at the surface. He's very timid, hiding from me every time I approach the tank. Is he stressed because he doesn't have other fish sharing the tank with him any more?
     
  2. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus Tank Fishlore VIP Member

    He could be scared that he will be attacked next.

    By removing familiar faces, he could be scared that he will be gone next.
     
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    Violetskies

    Violetskies Valued Member Member

    Oops, I hadn't thought about that. Would he get over that eventually or should I give him a few friends?
     
  4. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    A lot of fish need ditherfish to feel safe and secure.
     
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    Violetskies

    Violetskies Valued Member Member

    Yeah that makes sense. Ok I went out and got some odessa barbs from my LFS and will add them to Nugget's tank in a week or so.
     
  6. midna

    midna Well Known Member Member

    aww, poor sad boy :( i'm glad you decided to get him some new friends! hopefully your mom will be able to take care of them all!
     
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    Violetskies

    Violetskies Valued Member Member

    Thanks, I hope so too!