Sick Dwarf Gourami

dom321

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hI all,

I have a 10 gallon with 7 tetra, 1 honey gouramI and 1 dwarf gourami.

Ammonia 0.25ppm
Nitrate 5-10
Nitrite 0

The honey and tetra have been in for over a year and are happy. A couple weeks ago I got a dwarf gourami. He was shy at first but got much better and bolder in the tank however Over the last few days he has been hiding a lot, not swimming much at all and lingering in one place at the top of the tank and then the bottom of the tank. Not really moving - I keep thinking he’s dead. He hasn’t really been eating at all and doesn’t come up the surface now when I feed.

I’ve heard they are prone to illness and to be fair I did notice that when I bought him that the dwarfs didn’t seem that alert or active and noticed that a couple were head butting the tank side! Wondering if it already had an issue before I got him..

I do a 25-50% water change every week
 

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When you have 2 dwarf gouramI males in a tank they don't get on and one usually acts exactly as you describe until in my experience it dies. I have never kept a dwarf and honey gouramI together but maybe the same problem occurs. I'm sorry I can't give you any more advice, hopefully someone else can.
 

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To me, your tank appears overstocked. What kind of tetras do you have in there?

It could be a combination of genetics and stress from tank crowding. Do you have any pictures? What is your feeding schedule like?
 
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Neon tetras. Sorry haven’t uploaded any pictures just yet. I only feed once a day but enough.

Unfortunately I lost the DG this morning. Very frustrating - I won’t be adding anymore stock as like you say I was probably pushing it with him in too. Thanks anyway.
 

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