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Old 12-30-2016, 02:35 PM   #1
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Honey gourami laying on top

I found my gourami floating on top of my tank, I tried to feed him but he isn't swimming very well (still has apetite because he look for the food).
Did a 50% pwc but it doesn't seem to be moving a lot.

Water parameters before pwc
8.4 ph
0.25 ammonia (my tank had been cycled for about 5 months and that ammonia spike seems weird)
0 nitrite
5 nitrates
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Are there any other symptoms of him being sick besides his not swimming and eating? he could have an infection or disease of some kind. If he has something contagious make sure to isolate him from other fish.
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Old 12-30-2016, 05:00 PM   #3
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Are there any other symptoms of him being sick besides his not swimming and eating? he could have an infection or disease of some kind. If he has something contagious make sure to isolate him from other fish.
He's the only one in a 10g tank with a ramshorn snail. He's just floating around with his mouth up, sometimes he swims down but is unable to stay at the middle of the tank
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well, not sure what it is if there are no obvious physical signs like messed up fins or growths but your ph is high so maybe try to bring that down. most freshwater fish do well around a 7.0, gouramis are ok with a little lower than that but your ph is def. too high
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has he been ok before with these water parameters?
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don't go too low, though, that's worse.
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Old 12-30-2016, 05:45 PM   #7
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has he been ok before with these water parameters?
He had been fine until now, I've tried lowering ph with driftwood and catappa leave with no success.
I've read that it's better to have an stable ph than swinging it.
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You said before that he couldn't swim in the middle. Did he not want to or could he not balance to swim correctly? This could be a sign of something but based on what you said so far all I can tell is that there's something wrong but I don't know what. Here's a list of fish illnesses with symptoms: Chart on Fish Diseases, Symptoms and their Treatments
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You said before that he couldn't swim in the middle. Did he not want to or could he not balance to swim correctly? This could be a sign of something but based on what you said so far all I can tell is that there's something wrong but I don't know what. Here's a list of fish illnesses with symptoms: Chart on Fish Diseases, Symptoms and their Treatments
He can't balance himself correctly, he just floats around
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The problem is that everything is closed now

He's swimming erratically now
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