Animal Stories - Dwarf Gourami


Animal-World Information about: Dwarf Gourami

The Dwarf Gourami is one of the smallest and most striking of the gouramis, and a showpiece for the aquarium!
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Mandy - 2011-05-01
My dwarf gourami has been laying on it's side at the bottom of the tank all day long and looks to be breathing very fast. It's belly doesn't look swollen and I dont see any unusual spots on it. It seems almost like it's gasping for air. It hasn't eaten any food today. I have 4 other gouramis in my tank but they are doing fine. Can someone please help me figure out what's wrong with my fish??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Attached is an article from Animal World, Fish Diseases and Treatment, just click on it. Scroll down and you will come to an area that gives you a brief summary of ailments and symtoms. A little farther down is a list of symptoms and the corresponding treatment.
    It sounds like you should check the tanks PH and temperature and water condition. Try that first and then if you could tell us a little more, what is happening in the tank, with that fish it would help.
  • gouramigal - 2011-07-14
    My gourami is doing the same thing. It's been hiding and not eating for the past 4 weeks or more and then swims fast to the top of the tank for a mouthful of air and then retreats in its hiding spot. Every now and again it comes out but it seems to be getting worse, laying on its side gasping for air. Others have said dropsy but im not sure seems to be common with this species.
  • kat - 2013-02-21
    I have a powder blue one that was in a 10 gallon with 1 neon and its doing the same swims up gets air n back down to lay on its side I have had him for 6 months and he has been like this for 5 weeks ..... No one seems to know what or why he's like this.
  • katelyn - 2013-02-24
    You need more oxygen in your tank it seems. Go get a air pump air line and a bubble strip. The smaller the surface area and the higher the temps allows amonia to Go Up Causing Them To Not Br Able To Breathe. Getting Plants Also Helps Or Making Sure your Filter Is Hitting Hard And Creating Current If you Have one. Good Luck!
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Amy - 2009-08-04
We have a striped orange dwarf and two blue dwarfs in our tank, the blue ones are tiny and really funny to watch. The orange one is bigger and can be quite aggressive to the opaline gourami we have, but gets along fine with all the other fish in the tank (corys, plecs, barbs). They seem to have a lot of personality and definite facial features!

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jesse - 2009-07-22
My girlfriend and I have 3 fish tanks. One is a 14 gallon containing 15 fish, 13 of them are a mixture of common goldfish and fantails, the other two are plecos, all get along quite well and have alot of porsonality. The second tank is a 20 gallon we bought a week ago and it contains two kissing gourami, two plecos, three mollies, and two dwarf gourami, one male and one female. The dwarf gourami are wonderful, they usualy stay near the bottom of the tank and hide in a skull ornament, but when they are out and about the tank they show off wonderful color and the male will sometimes closely follow one of the kissing gourami. They are a wonderful addition to a tank and can swim very fast and sometimes jump out of the water. This fish has a great personality. The third tank I bought the morning after we got the 20 gallon, it's a 55 gallon and is a work in progress and I hope by tommorrow (thanks to Animal-World) I will have an amazon puffer and two bosemans rainbow fish to put in it, this site is a great information source.

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Kathy Baker - 2012-06-16
Are Dwarf Gourami algae eaters like the Kissing gourami?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-16
    They will pick at algae.  Not as much as Kissing but they will eat it.
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spencer - 2010-11-21
I keep 2 dwarf gouramis and doing alright in my 40 litres planted tank but now I feel like moving them to my 12 gallon tank with the plants and my other fishes:tiger barbs, clown loaches, bala sharks, kuhli loaches, rainbow shark, sterba's cories, dwarf otoes, rocket shrimps, chinese algae eaters and leopard sailfin plecoes.

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  • meldawgal - 2011-01-30
    12 gallons for all those fish?
  • fish boy - 2012-05-30
    You need a much larger tank for all those fish. Bala sharks get up to a foot long.
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Daisy - 2012-01-04
I have a male flame dwarf gourami who has not been eating for the past few days
he looks a little swollen and is hanging about the top of the tank and does not swim away, as he normally would, when I lift the lid of the tank. The water quality is good in my 48litre tank which he shares with four head and tail light Tetra. Anyone got any idea what the problem is and what I can do to help him. Would be glad of any help.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-04
    If he is an older fish, it is possible that he is suffering from a swim bladder disorder. A great deal of fish such as gouramis, and bettas do. He could also be suffering from a tumor. If his scales are poking out like a pinecone, then he has dropsy. Treat with melafix, as directed on back of bottle. For now, continue with 25% water changes weekly.
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spencer - 2010-11-29
Leho. In my planted tank, a fish was tearing bits of plants to the water surface. I thought the culprit was my bala sharks and leopard plecos but after reading your website, it was the dwarf gouramis who did it. Now I took them out and placed them in my breeding/hospital tank along with fresh dead leaves with twigs and branches with driftwood. I am now currently trying to breed. Thanks Dr Jungle for the info as if it wasn't for you, I would have lost all my plants. Have a nice day and keep it up!

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chintabruno@gmail.com - 2011-09-06
I have 7 dwarf gouramis, 3 croacking gouramis, 2 yoyo loaches, 10 guppies, 4 three spot gouramis, 1 guntea loaches and 2 green sword tails. But my tank size is 10 litter. All fishes are compatible for aquarium?

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    Bill Heitman - 2012-05-02
    My dwarf gourmi started out white with orange vertical stripes and now has turned dark neon blue. What's going on?

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    • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-03
      Sounds like you may have got him from a stressful situation. Now he is happy and in the proper water conditions and is getting his colors back.
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    gouramigal - 2011-07-14
    I think I've worked it out. It has AMMONIA POISONING, all the symptoms add up ..
    Fish gasp for breath at the water surface
    Purple or red gills
    Fish is lethargic
    Fins are torn and jagged
    Loss of appetite
    Fish lays at the bottom of the tank
    Fish may appear darker in color
    Red streaking on the fins or body,
    poor fishy i hate to see him like this.. ;(


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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
      Sure it is not a bacterial disease? Animal Eorld article on Fish Diseases and Treatments says "Bacterial Diseases: Bacterial diseases are usually characterized by red streaks or spots and/or swelling of the abdomen or eye. These are best treated by antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, or erythromycin". Chck it out and check the symptoms out because it is treatable.
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