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01-26-2014, 06:25 PM #1
2 honey gourmai/the honeymoon is over
I have 2 honey gouramis. they have been in my tank for about a week. for the past 3 days one seems to lock in on the other and chases it nipping it until it goes into hiding or the other gets tired.
I am treating my tank for a fungus found on my corys. My readings have stayed ammonia 0 nitrite 0 and nitrate 5.0. I'm wondering if it's the fungus medication or did they finally get comfortable and now one wants the whole tank? I thought they would both find an area they like and maybe chase the other out but this doesn't seem to be happening. I bought some anacharis yesterday hoping to give more cover incase there's stress but any other thoughts or insight would be great. I love my honeys and don't want them to fight and i'd hate to take one back.
01-26-2014, 06:35 PM #2
sorry you're having trouble with the honeys and the fungus.
make sure you do tons of water changes to help get rid of the fungus. fresh water is the best cure.
as for the honeys - how large is your tank? do you have line of sight divisions they can tuck in behind? driftwood? tall rocks? Even some fake plants for the time being to help each of them get comfy with establishing their own territory. The anacharis might also help but if this continues you may have to return one before the other either kills it oradgers it so badly it dies from stress.
with a fungus problem in your tank, nipped fins are bad. it gives the fungus an opportunity to grow on the damage.
Hope it straightens out on its own but if not, don't wait to long before taking measures to either diffuse the sight lines or return one of the fish.
01-26-2014, 06:54 PM #3
my tank is 65g. I have been doing a lot of water changes. usually 25-30% every 2 days or so because I was finishing the cycling of my tank, my water was cloudy which i thought was a biological bloom because i went from gravel to sand. then because i was done cycling and learning how to vac my substrate which hadn't been done while I was cycling. These past 4 days of treating for the fungus I haven't done a single change and it's stressing me out bc i'm in the habit. I can post a photo of my tank. I have been wondering if i should have taller decor since its a tall tank? tank1.jpg
01-26-2014, 07:06 PM #4
I wouldn't worry about the cloudiness as you're probably right - bio bloom - and it will go away.
Are you using a medication now for the fungus? Is that why you aren't changing the water? If so, I'd still check ammonia, nitrites and nitrates daily because you have to do a water change if ammonia and or nitrites approach .50ppm or nitrates get up to .20 ppm.
And yes, you need something taller in that tank to block sight lines. there's really no place for the honey who's being bullied to hide. Even if you temporarily stick something in there - like a big tera cotta pot in the corner on its side facing the corner so the honey can tuck in there and hide if it needs to. Tall plants (even artificial on a temporary basis if you don't like them) would be a better solution help. Go to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and you can find inexpensive stems that will do in a pinch.
Generally honeys are peaceful fish but they do need a lot of cover.
01-26-2014, 07:46 PM #5
I too have a 65 gallon tank, but my 6 honey gouramis coexist fine in it. Granted, my tank looks like a jungle.
You would need much, much more structure towards the surface for the gouramis to be able to define their territories.
01-26-2014, 08:23 PM #6
I've been wondering about that! I will hunt some things down today! My hubby is starting to stress everytime I go somewhere because I always come back with fish stuff. I'm having a hard time finding real plants here. I got a few small plants that the LFS has in bags that say no snails and yesterday i broke down and got some anacharis hoping to add to cover that ended up being covered in snails but it seems to be fine now.
I would have loved to put several honeys in my tank!
I am treating the fungus so was unable to do water changes until today and they seemed to be so happy to be getting one! I check the water every morning before work and again when i come home lol
01-26-2014, 10:50 PM #7
did you ever get the tank cycled? I can't remember
01-27-2014, 05:12 AM #8
i did finally get it cycled! but i still check it 2x a day just in case something happens.
I went today and found some long fake plants and put them in various parts of the tank hoping it helps. whew there is a lot going on in there now! they DO seem to be enjoying it though and I have seen one honey notice the other, start to chase and get distracted as the other is fleeing.. I will keep an eye on them and see if things get better. While i was at our LFS i checked in on the remaining honeys and they had one grass thing in the center of the tank, it was pretty small and the honeys were just sort of floating with no obvious care about the others.. was kind of sad... I'd bring them all home if I could. lol although they are probably in more capable hands :)
01-27-2014, 03:47 PM #9
great. sounds like your on your way to a solution. I also think that once you get rid of the fungus and they start to get more comfortable with their new environment, the aggression will diminish. The dominant one is attempting to establish territory. Now that you've got some divisions in the tank, everyone should be happy.
You might get some hornwort. it's a great floating plant or you can attach it to driftwood and it will grow like crazy and offer lots of places for the fish to tuck in to. it's also great for nitrate control.
01-28-2014, 03:00 AM #10
it's really hard to find any plants here that don't look pretty gross. When it warms up some i will order them online. there was one that i don't remember the name to that looks almost like a lily pad with long roots. i wrote the name down in my notebook. I read that honeys enjoy them.
Here's a photo of the taller plants i have in there for now. there is also one that's sort of a ring that floats at the top. i know taller plants go in the back but i was hoping to make sort of a wall with it. it looks kind of crazy in there but if some crazy helps with sanity ... it would sound a lot like my life. lol
am i on the right path? please excuse the green water.. sigh :(