Need some help on my honey gourami.

  1. Everlust Initiate Member

    He seems sick and is floating on top of the water all the time. I have bought him for two days from a LFS. When he was bought , his tail was alrdy been nipped before by other fishes when he was at the LFS .

    He just ignores the food that i gave him. The other types of gourami in my tank was doing well and seems happy , only him.

    How can i make him happier ? There are live plants and driftwood which provide alot of hiding spaces for them.

    Its an 15 gallon tank , with 3 dwarf gourami which is very friendly to each other. I also have 9 neon tetras . & i also have some shrimps before , but now only 2 cherry and 1 malayan shrimp remains. Any idea ?

    Is it overstocked ? Should i return the honey gourami to the LFS where i bought it back ? But i really want it to be in my tank so if theres anyhow you can help me i'll be glad. :)
     
  2. ivonko Member Member

    some more information could really help everybody trying to help you.
    1. how long have you had this tank?
    2. it says on your name you dont know about the nitrogen cycle? this could very well be the culprit
    3. do you have a method for testing your water for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate?
    4. if you answered YES to 3 then what numbers are you getting?
    5. if you answered NO to 3. then you should look into number 2 and 3 for the sake of your fishies
    in the meantime i would suggest you do lots of water changes to keep the water at its maximum purity for your fish. hope others can help you out!

    and welcome to fishlore! you will find a ton of wisdom around here
     

  3. ray_sj Member Member

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    It sounds like he's very stressed. My honey gouramis take a few days to a week to settle into a new tank. Do you have any floating plants? It gives them hiding places and they feel more secure.

    I have not kept dwarf gouramis, but 4 gouramis in a 15 gallon tank seems too many to me. I have 2 honey gouramis in a 20 gallon tank, and I wouldn't put any more in that one..
     

  4. ryanr Moderator Moderator Member

    Welcome to fishlore :;hi2

    I think you'll find this could be stress related.

    Generally speaking, Gourami's don't mix well. They can be very territorial and aggressive, particularly with their own kind.

    And as per ray_sj, 2 in a 20G is generally pushing it.

    Sorry, but I would suggest returning the honeys, I don't think a 15G will result in happy endings.
     

  5. Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good afternoon and welcomerainbow.gif to Fish Lore!

    If you would be so kind, please complete your Aquarium Profile Information. This will aid others with any responses that they may have.

    To access the Profile click on My Settings at the top of the page, right hand corner. In the new screen look to the left and scroll down and you'll see My Settings/My Profile and under it is Edit Profile. Be sure to hit SAVE at the bottom when you are done.

    Thanks! I hope you enjoy the site.

    Ken