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  1. Default DG, with swim bladder, bloated ?

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    he acts fine, big WC yesterday and ntoticed he was big, put him in qt, swimming around like he owns the place. nothing differant in routine except I cant get my angels on any type of pellet food, so been feeding on bottem and top at same time so angels can enjoy there food more while my parrots hoard the bottem. the Gourami eats from the bottom and top, he is a piglet. Here is pic of him, again he seem perfectly normal and other fish in tank are fine. Though i lost a platy 2 months ago, I found it already dead and it was bloated, it was under a rock, and eaten on, so asume its bloatedness was from it being dead a day or 2.

    this was best pic i could get and had to feed him to get a descent pic

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    Since you know he's been pigging out, I'd be inclined to think he might be constipated. You could fast him until he poos or you could give him a bite of blanched, skinned pea and see if that doesn't help move things through him.
    If you do give him the pea then I'd still fast him from that point on until he gets unplugged.

    If you think it's bloat related to dopsey here's a link that might be helpful
    I would assume there's also something here on the forum that addresses bloat
    Good luck. I hope, for his sake that it's constipation and fasting does the trick.
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
    15 g FW planted:2 male guppies, neons, pygmy corys, clown pleco, 4 types of shrimp, assassin snails
    90 Gal Journal:
    fishless cycling:
    fish in cycling:

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    thanks, I just read your other post, in the gorami thread about being Fat, thanks

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    Looks like dropsy.

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    Ironically, after you posted about your DW gourami, I noticed my powder blue looked a little bloated. he, too, is a pig and has been constipated before. but I don't think this is constipation as his whole body seems bloated, not just his tummy. I've placed him in a QT and am treating for dropsy just in case with both salt and metro+.

    Upsetting, as basically what I've read says dropsy is generally a result of poor water conditions which leads to a bacterial infection. That doesn't hold up in my case - and suspect it doesn't hold up in yours either - since I make weekly 50 - 60% w/c and feed lightly as well as vac often and if I remember correctly you do the same.

    Fingers crossed for both your fish and mine. I've had my guy for 18 months so I'm thinking he's around 2 years old - I'm hopeful that we both caught it soon enough and that we MAY get some good results with treatment.
    So good luck.
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
    15 g FW planted:2 male guppies, neons, pygmy corys, clown pleco, 4 types of shrimp, assassin snails
    90 Gal Journal:
    fishless cycling:
    fish in cycling:

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    woke up to him dead, no scale problem liks dropsey says, and yes I am ashamed that it is public that my fish had dropsy, my water always look a tint brown due to my obsession with driftwood but every Friday i relgiously do 50 WC and about 4x 5 gallon buckets of gravel vac, so aqueon is removing just water while im using the slurp and spit method to gravel vac. SO idk, all my other fish are fine and tomorrow after class i will do another small one in leu of the 50 this friday, the only tanks that dont relgiously get done are the bettas, the 10s and 20 longs get 10-20 WC a week. :( :(

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    Dropsy is not generally caused by a sanitation issue, do not be ashamed. It can be caused by too much high protein feed which causes a toxic reaction within the fatty tissues of the liver. It may be caused by a low oxygen content within the liver or organ tissues due to high fat content. A diet that has more veggie protein which is easier to digest will help to keep diseases such as dropsy away.

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    Outside of a very sparinlgy beef heart flake made by local breeder, i feed the same ole same

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    Some people believe in beef heart, some people don't. I personally go with the idea that mammalian fats are indigestible to fish and can lead to things like obesity and eventual organ damage. For me the beef heart flake might be a factor that, combined with several others such as the gourami's sensitivity due to inbreeding or the. Fact that it is so greedy, resulted in its demise. Hypoxia(low oxygen) might affect most fish but I doubt that gouramis will be affected due to their ability to breathe atmospheric air.

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    I feed sparingly, once a week on beefhear, and use 2 sponge filters to keep water moving. not sure ?

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