With diagnosing a disease

Dr. Smith
  • #1
I have a male(I think) blue gourami that I found dead in the tank today. Yesterday I noticed that just behind his head it looked like some of the scales were missing which had left a whitish scaleless patch and his fins looked spiny. When found dead, one of his eyes was a whitish color, while the other was the normal black.

Prior to this he was swimming around normally, so I think it has happened quickly. All the other fish look fine, so I hope it was isolated to him, but I'd like to know what killed him.
 
Jaysee
  • #2
sounds like it got beat up pretty bad. If you could take a minute to fill out your aquarium info, we'd be able to help you better.
 
Dr. Smith
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
Thanks for your quick reply. He wasn't beaten up. I have a peaceful aquarium with tetras and now, only one gourami. He was the biggest fish in it. It definitely looks like disease
 
AlyeskaGirl
  • #4
Sounds like a bacterial infection. Columnaris is a bacterial infection that can kill quickly. It can be white patches on any part of the fish. If his eye appeared to be cloudy then a bacterial infection. Fins appearing spiny by being eaten away, bacterial. How long have you had him?

What are your readings for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?
 
Jaysee
  • #5
Without pics and specifics about the tank, its very difficult to determine
 
Dr. Smith
  • Thread Starter
  • #6
Thanks Christine. After checking that on Wikipedia, it does sound just like Columnaris. And it says fatality can occur after 48 hours which explains why it happened quickly.

Unfortunately, I don't have water testing kits. I live abroad in China and the aquarium shops are pretty basic (as is the advice). But perform regular maintenance and I always ensure the water quality is good.
 

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