My Gourami is turning black!!

  1. k8ybug9

    k8ybug9 Initiate Member

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    My honey gourami is turning black (see pic). It seems to be fine otherwise (eating, activity, etc...). I noticed about a week ago that the edges of the back and bottom fins were darker but thought maybe that was just something that develops as they grow. I didn't notice it getting any worse until today. This doesn't seem normal anymore. There is one other honey gourami in the tank and it seems fine. I don't know if they are male or female. What is going on and how do I fix it?

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  3. AtomicMudkip

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    Not trying to be a pessimist, but it could be iridovirus. If it is, it is incurable and 100% fatal so there is nothing you can do if it is. I hope it isn't so good luck if it isn't.
    ~Mudkipz
     
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    k8ybug9

    k8ybug9 Initiate Member

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    Using the API test kit my ammonia levels appear to be 0-0.25 ppm (It's inbetween the colors).
    What is iridovirus? Is my other fish at risk? Do I need to separate them?
     
  5. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

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    Honey gouramis don't usually get iridovirus, and I don't think turning black is one of the symptoms. DoubleDutch?
     
  6. DoubleDutch

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    Personally I think it is maturing / "natural" coloring and maybe even matingcolor. These aren't prone to DGD.
    Please give them some floating plants.
     
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    Ok the strangest thing...and might make me sound crazy...but I just checked on them again the black coloring is almost completely gone. Could the coloring be mating behavior? I'm not sure if they're male and/or female.
     
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    Honeys and DG's do get a black throat then. Don't know for this colormorph
     
  9. Mom2some

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    One of my honey gourami has similar comes & goes darkening. I don't know what it is, but mine seems otherwise fine.
     
  10. renegadefish

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    Those look like the thick lipped honey fires.. I have a couple of them as well as some sunset honeys... The black on the throat is from being "in season" from what I know... Im usually means it's a male and will tend to happen after the fish fully aclimate and get comfy in the tank.. My sunset honey male got that way after being in my tank for a short time and I eventually had fry...
     


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    [​IMG] here is my sunset honey male...
     
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    [​IMG] one of my thick lipped honey fire. Not much black markings on these guys
     
  13. DoubleDutch

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    The black throat means he is in matingmood.
     
  14. AtomicMudkip

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    Oh ok. I though that honeys were a type of dwarf gourami XD I thought that any gourami can get iridovirus and it might be different in honeys, but my dwarf gourami turned black towards the back of its body and died shortly after, I know it was iridovirus because it was bloated and had lesions on it's skin.
    ~Mudkipz
     
  15. Aichmalotizo

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    My flame hg has the exact same coloring along his body. I originally freaked out, thinking it was internal bleeding and bruising, before I figured out its just a natural coloration change for them.
    I've noticed when the black is real intense, his tail turns a light blue.
     
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    Whew! That scared me...I thought for sure he was doomed.

    While we're at it can anyone recommend any good tank mates for these two? They're only in a 10 gal.