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Old 04-20-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Pearl Gourami not eating

Hi there I recently purchased a pearl gourami and a golden gourami and already had an opaline gourami in my aquarium, I noticed that the opaline was attacking both of the gouramis + had found the pearl out of the water hooked on an ornamental light above the water level.

I noticed this the night i bought it and I thought that the pearl was dead and while attempting to remove it I realised that it had fallen back and was swimming again. (I was really happy)

I have given the aggresive opaline gourami to the lfs and there apears to be no aggresion, but the problem is noe the pearl is not eating and hasn't done for a while, it appears to be loosing colour and has a grey like appearance from the head back, please help

I have read that they wont eat if attacked or if the cant establish their own terrotory and have tried rearanging my tank, I also feed flakes + frozen bloodworms + have tried lettuce and cucumber (read from a few books) but it doesnt eat at all.

1. it has no other unusual behaviour apart from not eating + discolour
2. I think its a male
3. ammonia 0, nitrites 0 + regular water changes + declorinator. (guppy fry surviving in this water) temp 25-26 celcius
4. external filter fluval 205
5. other fish are fine (guppies + platies + swordtail + gourami + rt shark ) tank is not overstocked + it is well oxygenated and planted.
6. tank size 46g
7. it is not attacked by any other fish
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Who advised you to keep multiple kinds of Gourami's? I wouldn't recommend it. It's like keeping two male betta's together.
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:52 AM   #3
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Who advised you to keep multiple kinds of Gourami's? I wouldn't recommend it. It's like keeping two male betta's together.
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Gouramis are very territorial, especially with other Gouramis.
Along with, you never know what is going on in that tank while you are sleeping.
It sounds like extreme stress from a lot of harassment. If you have a QT, isolate him and see if he turns it around. If he does, you know he was being pick on. and you should return him to your LFS also.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:53 AM   #4
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Poor little guy! he's probably major stressed. I'd give him a couple days. And if you had a QT that would probably be best.
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