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Old 01-11-2013, 08:33 PM   #1
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Strange Pearl Gourami Behavior

I have 3 pearl gouramis, 2 females and 1 male. For the last week one of the females has been pointing vertically towards the top of the water close to the surface. At first I thought she was dying, but whenever I come near her she straightens up to her normal swimming pattern. However, as soon as I walk away she resumes her vertical swimming position. Sometimes she almost swims at a 90 degree angle and at other times it's a 45 degree angle. Does anyone have any thoughts about this? I've the trio for about a year.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:02 PM   #2
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Have you tested your water?
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:23 AM   #3
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Yeah, it's been normal.

Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate ~ 20
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:51 AM   #4
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Does she seem uncomfortable? Since all else is good, I wouldn't worry too much unless she actually can't swim right. Not sure if pearls are particularly sensitive to nitrates, but maybe get them down around 10 and see what happens.
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It's really hard to tell if she is uncomfortable or not. It's a fairly well planted tank so I don't even think the nitrates are 20 it's just hard to tell from the test.
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This behavior has been going on for about 17 days now. I could really use some advice or feedback on this vertical swimming behavior. It appears that it is difficult for her to not swim in the vertical position at the surface. I think she is doing it to ease some sort of discomfort. I gave her a 15 minute bath in epsom salt last night. Should I continue to do the epsom salt baths?
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You should repost this in the unhealthy fish section. You'll get more responses. Good luck.
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