30 Gallon Tank sick pearl?

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Cheryl P.

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I've had my tank just over a year, I have 2 large gouramis and have just noticed the smaller one,about 4", seems to be hanging near the top alot with his tail or bottom end drooping. He is gulping air but I'm not sure if he's eating, he seems to be getting skinny. Nobody bothers him so I don't think he's stressed or anything, and the other larger gourami is just fine. Any suggestions?
 

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welcome to fishlore.
Do you know your readings for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates? Gasping for air is usually a sign of ammonia poisoning (their gills get burned so that they don't get enough oxygen).

This is bad news, but your stock isn't really going to work in your tank. You have too many gouramis, your loaches get too big, and depending on the type of pleco, it may not be appropriate either.
 

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And also it can be anything!
Grasping for air can be flukes or other gill parasites
Skinny can be due to internal parasites or bacterial infection
also tropicals tend to suffer in silence so they normally don't grasp
 

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Being that the OP has not returned to this thread, I think it's safe to assume the problem has been resolved.

I'm closing this thread.
 
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