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Old 10-25-2020, 05:17 PM   #1
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Possible Dwarf Gourami Disease? Please help!

Hi everyone, my Dwarf Gourami has recently ballooned up! I assume this is Dwarf Gourami Disease, but I'm not sure. Big Boy has been my pal since I started college, and I really do not want him to die if there's something I can do to help him stay healthy.

If anyone can help me identify the cause of his dropsy (or what looks life dropsy) and how to treat it (if there is treatment), I would be so grateful.

Here's the link to images of him: https://imgur.com/a/g4vieit

Current water parameters:
Ammonia: 0.0 ppm
Nitrate: 30 ppm
Nitrites: 0 ppm
pH: 6.5
Carbonate Hardness: 180 ppm ... ~10.5 degrees
General Hardness: ~100 ppm

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Hi juniperjuke,

So sorry to hear about Big Boy. How is he doing?

Even though your water looks pretty good, I would do a series of pwc's over a few days 25% per time at least about 8-12 hours apart, to help get in some new fresh (treated/ dechlorinated) water into the tank.

How often are you doing water changes and how much?

Do you know if the tank water (parameters) are vastly different from your tap water? Just curious.

How old is Big Boy? Internet states appx. 4-6 years is common.

The major option I would recommend is a round of Epsom salt treatment.

The pine-coning is indicative of kidney failure.

More info in link. It helps with the body regulating functions and can help relieve constipation.

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