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  1. Default Lethargic dwarf gourami

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    I've had a dwarf gourami for about 5 months. Up until a few days ago he seemed perfectly happy, swimming around and eating every time I fed the fish. However, he is now spending most of his time just hanging out at the surface in a corner of the tank. He's not gasping or anything, he just seems really lethargic. He also hasn't eaten the last couple times I've fed them.

    He's in a 20 gallon tank with 8 tetras. I haven't seen any aggression between any of the fish and all the tetras are acting normal. Nobody seems sick or anything. Ammonia and nitrites are 0, nitrates are 10-20 ppm.

    Any ideas? Is my dwarf gourami depressed? Is there anything I can do?

    Thanks everyone!

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    Hmm could be first signs of dropsy or ich. If hes been going strong for 5 months I don't see why he would be stressed out now. Did you do anything to the tank recently and whats the water temp?
    55 gallon, 22 Cardinal Tetras, 11 Celestial Pearl Danios, 5 Sterbai Corydoras, 5 Gold Honey Gourami, 1 Albino Bristlenose Pleco

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    I haven't done anything to the tank recently. The water temp is 78 degrees.

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    How does his gut look? Is he bloated or does he have a spot near his anus that looks swollen?
    If so, he may be constipated. My DW g used to over eat on occasion, get constipated, then hang in a corner for a few days until he worked it out of his system.
    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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    I can't tell for sure, but he doesn't really look any different to me. I'm hoping it's constipation though. Thanks!

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    Try feeding him shelled peas, that will help if the problem is due to constipation

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    +1 on the shelled pea suggestion.


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    +2 on peas!
    55 gallon, 22 Cardinal Tetras, 11 Celestial Pearl Danios, 5 Sterbai Corydoras, 5 Gold Honey Gourami, 1 Albino Bristlenose Pleco

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