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    Unhappy Gourami injured tail fin and oxygen, help me save him


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    Hello all! I am brand new here.

    My blue dwarf gourami was attacked today. I noticed him on his side on the bottom of the tank. He's missing most of his tail fin and some of the dorsal fin. I have him temporarily in a large mason jar until I can get the fish in the tank situated. I went and got him some melfix that I dropped two tiny drops of and some aquarium salt.

    I'm afraid he will run out of oxygen where he's at. How long can they survive without oxygen bubbles? And will the melfix regenerate a new tail?

    I don't want to lose this lil guy, any help will be much appreciated!

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    it would be good if you could also
    Provide more detail about how your tank is, such as size,
    How long it has been set up, other inhabitants and maintenance schedule.
    It may sound irrelevant but such information really helps others to understand your problem.

    For now, I would move the gourami to the largest container that is practical for you, add a bubbler(while making sure the current does not disturb the fish) and keep its water clean. Don't mind feeding for now, an injured fish usually is not a hungry one.

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    He didn't make it :'(

    I'm really heartsick about all of this.

    We have a 20 gal tank with 2 orange or gold gourami, 2 opate gourami, 2 picdus, 2 now 1 blue.
    Just got them all about 2 weeks ago.
    They were all friendly.
    I came home and my blue fish had died.
    I've been watching them and 1 gold and 1 opate (if that's the right name) are double teaming the other gold one.
    I just don't understand what has caused them to go all aggressive when everythings been fine.
    I'm so sad about my blue fish, I didn't save him :'(

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    I am sorry your fish died.

    The problem is that you have multiple gouramis together....they dont like to be housed together. Sometimes with really big tanks with lots of plants it can work, but I would bet it wont work for you. I would return or rehome all but one gourami to make your tank happy again.

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    Agree with Lady10Godiva.

    The most likely reason that they were fine for a little while was that they were still settling in. It takes my DG a couple weeks to feel at home when he is moved. Once they settle, they fight to establish territories. They will end up killing each other off until one is left, if you are lucky.

    Please return all but one of your gourami soon or you will have a massacre.

    On a related topic, gouramis are a labyrinth fish, like bettas. They can take air in from the surface of the water, so oxygenating their tank shouldn't be a big concern.


    I'm not an expert on pictus, but I think there is a red flag there too, with the size of your tank.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    Lady Godiva gave you the right answer. Gourami's simple do not get along. They may have in the beginning because the tank was new to all of them. Now it's not and they will go after all the others. Even 5 in my 55 planted did not work. You can not leave them all trapped in that glass box. Return all you can, give them away or whatever. It will only get worse.

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    Agreed. Gouramis aren't like bettas where temperament is hit or miss. They are always just going to be nasty.

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