Urgent Query; Powder Blue Gourami In Blackwater Tank!!

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by Justin I, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. Justin I

    Justin IValued MemberMember

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    Tank

    What is the water volume of the tank? 10 gallons
    How long has the tank been running? not sure, at least 6 months
    Does it have a filter? yes
    Does it have a heater? yes
    What is the water temperature? 78
    What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.)
    1 powder blue gourami

    Maintenance
    How often do you change the water? every month or so
    How much of the water do you change? 50%
    What do you use to treat your water? general water treatment chemical
    Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? substrate

    *Parameters - Very Important
    Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? of course
    What do you use to test the water? API master test kit
    What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.

    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrite: safe
    Nitrate: safe
    pH: 6.8

    Feeding
    How often do you feed your fish? 2x/day
    How much do you feed your fish? a very small pinch
    What brand of food do you feed your fish? topfin
    Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? sometimes

    Illness & Symptoms
    How long have you had this fish? since February or so
    How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? minutes ago
    In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? he's lying at the bottom of the tank, labored breathing, looks like he has been T-boned by a car
    Have you started any treatment for the illness? reaching out here
    Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? no
    How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? yes

    Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)

    I just noticed this minutes ago - he was laying almost on his side, taking labored breaths. He tried to swim a little when he saw me approach the tank, but couldn't move too well. I have no idea what is wrong with him! I have attached two photos. He doesn't even really look sick, he looks injured.

    I would appreciate any help! Thank you so much!!
     

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    Justin I

    Justin IValued MemberMember

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    Update: He is shaped like a letter "C," and can't really swim. He is really trying to, but he gives up and sinks. It's very distressing to watch.
     
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    A201Well Known MemberMember

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    If the Gourami went from normal to utter destress in a matter of minutes, my guess is a water parameter spike.
    If this behavior happened directly after a WC, maybe chloramine poisoning
    I think your best move would be a quick 50% WC & hope for the best.
     
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    Justin I

    Justin IValued MemberMember

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    Thank you for your suggestion
     
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