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Shafeeq Ahmed Shirgaonkar - 2012-11-22
My giant gourami is sick please help me. Hi friends I am Shafeeq, I am having a pair of giant gourami which are 1 & half feet long and almost 2yrs old. My giant gourami is sick please help me the male gourami has suddenly started to lie down on the bottom but when I make some knocking sound near him it swims. I am so worried about him. He has got a red mark on his body like some one has punched him, I dont know how it happened. After every hour it gets up and swim for few seconds and the again lies at the bottom. and while he swims up he just falls down just like he has more weight.. please give me some advice and guide me to make it healthy. My giant gourami is sick please help me.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-23
    Test your water.  If levels are fine, try feeding some frozen peas.  May be constipated.
  • Shafeeq Ahmed Shirgaonkar - 2012-11-24
    i will try. but it has never happened like this before. as keep changing water every monthly. thanks for your reply
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-11
    It happens to my fish too. . Check your ph. . . About 7 ph then white spot. It's because your fish is in stress the water is in super green water colour. . .
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-11
    It won't eat for  a week the scale will look better everyday.
  • Manikandan - 2014-07-21
    Don't worry man... Treat it with Seachem Paragaurd ... it works nicely for this disease ..
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Nicole Reilly - 2012-09-01
Giant Gourami in need of better parasite treatment..... HELP.... Any Suggestions

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    What kind of parasite? The most common parasite  is Ich (looks like salt sprinkled on the fish). My personal favorite Ich treatment is Aquarisol (a copper medicine).  It's great against a variety of parasites too, but is deadly to snails and scaleless fish. There are other Ich medications available as well, that will also have something to treat secondary bacterial/fungal infections that the parasite can cause. Another method is to slowly increase the tank temperature to about 83 - 84 degrees. Ich can't live at those temperatures. You do have to keep it high for at least 7 - 14 days, because you first kill the Ich you can see, but they are busy laying eggs. The eggs take 7 days to hatch and you'll want to eliminate the babies as well.  If using a medication, you also need to treat the tank for 7 - 14 days for the same reason.
  • Manikandan - 2014-07-21
    Most common disease is a red patch all over its body ,which will soon turn into hair like strings... i treated by gourami with Seachem Paragaurd , it works fantastic
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curtis - 2014-07-21
Hello, I purchased a red tail catfish that is very small at the moment (1 inch). When I put him inside my 120 gallon tank he immediately swam to a corner and tried to bury himself in the gravel. Is this normal? I also have 5 bala sharks, 3 clown loaches and a african catfish. I put him in a breeding container for now so he can actually get food. He doesn't move to much but occasionally swims frantically like he's trying to escape. The water quality is good and there is plenty decorations and hiding places but he kept trying to bury himself forcing me to place him in the breeding container within the tank. I do plan on upgrading tanks as he gets bigger and willing to build a pond.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I'm guessing he's getting acclimated. Your pond idea sounds great. I've used indoor ponds for large freshwater fish (as well as large marine fish) with great success. I currently only have an outdoor pond (1300 gallons) for my koi and Red-eared Sliders however, but it is working great too. So good luck to you and keep us posted!
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deena francy - 2014-07-21
i hav a pair of bala sharks.1 of them is showing a red colouration on base of all fins.but its active and takin food as usual.all other fishes r well.wat might hav happened to my bala? cant stand by seein him like this

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It sounds like a bacterial disease, probably what is known as 'Red Pest'. The fish can be treated with an antibiotic in its food. You can learn more about it on the Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments page here: http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/information/Diseases.htm#RedPest
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Glen Aurora - 2014-07-20
I placed a juvinle Kenyi in a tank with two Tiger Tetras (Don't let 'Tiger' name fool you as they are very passive), and they all got along for a while. The Kenyi began nipping fins of one of them only and when that one was dead it started working on the other one. The Kenyi only attacked the underside of the Tetras fins with only an occasional nip at the tail. Where as the Pihranas I used to have would immediately go for the tail. Once the tail is gone they're a 'sitting duck'. When I bought the Kenyi it was a brillant terquoise color and is now(after 1.5 yr), a golden yellow color(a male). How can you tell the difference when they are juviniles?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Not sure you can sex them when young as both males and females are a pale blue with dark bands as juveniles.
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Ashlee - 2014-07-17
I just bought a spotted puffer and I have had him for about two days and he won't eat the flakes that I feed him, so I was wondering if there is any other type of fish food I could feed him so he eats and stays healthy.

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  • Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-19
    My puffers when i frist got them, I had NO expirience with them. But i figured out my young puffers 1-2 inch. will eat & love freeze-dried blood worms, and one of them loved ground foods. Also things like frozen shrimp or scallop but they didnt like it that much. Other then that when they got older around 2and a hald-3inch. they ate only foods like live worms, and other live things.
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Anonymous - 2004-02-23
these fish are great maybe just a little aggressive.very hardy though

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  • Anonymous - 2014-07-19
    I agree. I have five of them.
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Anonymous - 2014-07-19
I have five rosy barbs and I'm not sure wat sex they are. 2 are big and fat the other 2 are smaller and well fed and then there is the last one which is very colourful but a bit smaller then the first 2 (they are all he same age). If you can help that would great thnx XD

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    As they mature the males get more colorful and slimmer. It could be that your smaller two are male, but watch their color to see if they become real red as they age. See the 'sexing' section above.
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jason - 2010-10-28
hey it me again i have and just got 3 weeks ago he is 7 inches they can 19 inches if put in big tank. i have 2 names jason and jason 5

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  • Courtney - 2014-07-19
    Do you have a bigger tank for sale , my catfish is getting to big for my 75gal
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Linda - 2013-07-12
I have a tank that is 25 gallons, I have 4 BGK in this tank, I love this type of fish and decided to have only this fish. First of all I introduced them to the tank all at once! (all 4) the only other thing in this tank is gravel and 2 ghost houses, (no plants at all) I do have a dual light on this tank however I have disconnected the bright light and only use the black light. I only explain this because everyone has told me that my tank was too small, and that I could only have a small BGK in this tank. I simply love this fish and find them quite hardy in raising so I decided to try and have only this type of fish. During purchasing I made absolute certain to get them all the same size. (rather large) happy to say that all is well! A little chasing, which is fun to watch, but no fighting what so ever. I only feed them frozen blood worms, at first twice a day, but now I feed them only once a day. Is this a miracle or what?! This is contrary to everything that I have been told and read about them

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  • Linda - 2014-07-19
    Hey Linda, this is my very same story. I have always had 3 in my tank, which is 25 gallons. which everyone says is small.They are now 2 yrs old and I have had no problems with them being aggressive, except for a bit of chasing. I feed them only bloodworms, and have also disconnected the brighter light, and have 2 clear tubes in the tank with white gravel nothing else is in the tank.I feed them a cube of bloodworns every other day.I think that they too have their own personalities, but I would never incorporate smaller fish, that said any larger fish will bully a smaller one.
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