Re: I think my dwarf Gouramis is dieing
Sorry to hear that Rob...I would only be surmising here, that it could possibly be Dropsy or Constipation, in these cases they often have a loss of appetite though. It is a good sign if he is eating/swimming normally. Is he pooping normally (Dano has already asked this)...or does his feces look white and stringy? What is his diet like (giving as varied a diet as possible often helps avoid a lot of illnesses in fish)? Bloodworms often cause constipation/bloat in fish. Also just wondering how many fish are in the tank and how big it is, and when was the last partial water change...Sorry if you have mentioned these details in another thread somewhere.
Dropsy can be brought on by poor water quality etc. or an internal parasite...Often you will notice that as it progresses, the fish’s scales will start to stick out and their eyes may protrude. When it gets to this stage, not a lot can be done. Sometimes meds. like tetracycline or one of the anti-bacterial meds. that treat internal bacterial infections may help. Isolating him into a quarantine tank if using medications is often a good idea, as Dropsy is not overly contagious depending on its cause.
If you think it is constipation (which can lead to swim bladder problems), not feeding for a couple of days often helps, also feeding a pea is a good laxative...a frozen pea is fine, just microwave it in a bit of water for 10 secs or so to make it soft, then take the shell off and cut or squash the actual pea into easy to eat pieces for the fish. Also adding One tablespoon of Epsom salt for every 5-10g of water also helps with constipation.
I would start by testing your water parameters just to rule them out; high nitrate levels can be a factor in Dropsy. Gouramis are prone to this illness and sometimes constipation unfortunately. I would keep a very close eye on him at this stage and perhaps start by feeding the peas (making sure he gets to eat some) and then not feed for a couple of dys to see if that helps and watch his scales for any pine coning affect etc.
Hope he gets well!
Last edited by Bernie : 11-25-2008 at 06:26 AM.