Urgent Query; Powder Blue Gourami In Blackwater Tank!!

Justin I

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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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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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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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A201 said:
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.
Thank you for your suggestion
 

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