Thick lip gourami acting weird

Mounia

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I got 2 dwarf neon gourami, 1 blue dwarf gourami and a thick lip gourami into a 10 gallon tank last week. Everything was alright till today morning but after changing the water, the thick lip gourami has started acting weird. Its been swimming all eractic. I dont have a testing kit right now to test the water. I'm gonna get one tomorrow as early as possible. Im worried if this is normal. My other gourami seem to be fine with the new water. Please advice. I have uploaded the video to this location -
 

AcornTheBetta

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Mounia said:
I got 2 dwarf neon gourami, 1 blue dwarf gourami and a thick lip gourami into a 10 gallon tank last week. Everything was alright till today morning but after changing the water, the thick lip gourami has started acting weird. Its been swimming all eractic. I dont have a testing kit right now to test the water. I'm gonna get one tomorrow as early as possible. Im worried if this is normal. My other gourami seem to be fine with the new water. Please advice. I have uploaded the video to this location -
Did you cycle the tank? If not it could be stress from the ammonia. The gouramis could also be fighting.
 

DoubleDutch

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It is trying to get out to not being killed by one of the DG's. It has not any space to flight and hide.

Seriously thought you were joking about the fish put together in a 10G.

I personally think a 10G is too small for only one DG, but you'll certainly end up with dead ones if you have multiple ones.
 

Dippiedee

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Have to second that, having all these gourami in a 10 gallon is a recipe for disaster. The tank is far too small, they will eventually kill eachother. I had 2 dwarf gourami in a 40 gallon and even in that they fought relentlessly until I rehomed one.
 
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Mounia

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But the other gouramis dont chase each other. They seem to be fine so far and I've read you can keep 2-3 gouramis in a 10g tank. the store guy said the same too. Are we not supposed to put them together? And my gourami acts like this only in this corner. when it swims to other parts of the tank, its usually calm and peaceful.
 

DoubleDutch

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Mounia said:
But the other gouramis dont chase each other. They seem to be fine so far and I've read you can keep 2-3 gouramis in a 10g tank. the store guy said the same too. Are we not supposed to put them together? And my gourami acts like this only in this corner. when it swims to other parts of the tank, its usually calm and peaceful.
Sorry to say but your info and the store guy are wrong. No we are not supposed to put them together. This definitely will lead to casualties.
 

Dippiedee

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DoubleDutch said:
Sorry to say but your info and the store guy are wrong. No we are not supposed to put them together. This definitely will lead to casualties.
This is the simple version of the long winded reply I was writing out lol. The guy at the store is trying to make sales. He doesnt care about the fish; when the gourami kill eachother you'll be back to spend more money on new fish so win win for him.

The fish are in a new tank so arent comfortable yet and havent established territories. There definitely will be aggression.
 
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Mounia

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DoubleDutch said:
Sorry to say but your info and the store guy are wrong. No we are not supposed to put them together. This definitely will lead to casualties.
What can be my best move now till I get a larger tank? Can I put them in a small bowl? and for how long?
 

RomanNoodles96

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Mounia said:
I got 2 dwarf neon gourami, 1 blue dwarf gourami and a thick lip gourami into a 10 gallon tank last week. Everything was alright till today morning but after changing the water, the thick lip gourami has started acting weird. Its been swimming all eractic. I dont have a testing kit right now to test the water. I'm gonna get one tomorrow as early as possible. Im worried if this is normal. My other gourami seem to be fine with the new water. Please advice. I have uploaded the video to this location -
I see you don't know about the nitrogen cycle. Rehome all the fish except for one of the gouramis you want to keep and cycle your tank. There are tons of useful links on the internet explaining it and how to cycle your tank. You won't be able to successfully keep fish if you don't do this.
 

DoubleDutch

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Mounia said:
What can be my best move now till I get a larger tank? Can I put them in a small bowl? and for how long?
Bringing the thicklipped and 2 of the DG's (or all) back to the store or rehoming them.
 
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Mounia

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Thank you all for your advice. I'm gonna take them back to the store.
 

Dippiedee

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Mounia said:
Thank you all for your advice. I'm gonna take them back to the store.
But dont be discouraged! Research the nitrogen cycle and get the tank cycled. There are plenty of great stocking options for a 10 gallon tank
 
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