April 16, 2013
I posted here a while back about tetra and gourami and the advice I recieved was great. Since then I have moved into my new flat, and have had my tank set up (62 litre, 2ft across by 1 ft) and stocked it with 6 glowlight tetra, 2 male dwar bbanded ggourami, 2 female dwarf banded gourami and 6 black neon tetra.
So far everything has been fine, the water quality has been consistant, as has temperature. The fjsh have been swimming and eating really well until this morning.
I went to check on them and noticed one of my glowlights keeping quite close to the surface. On closer inspection, I noticed he wasn't using his right pectoral fin. It looks like it might have been caught, or maybe nipped by another fish.
When I was checking them before I went to bed last night everyone was fine, but this this morning has got me worried.
Additionally, that tetra didn't eat any food this morning during feeding, and I noticed one of my male gourami had a long, stringy residue coming out of him.
When I saw the residue last night, I figured he was going to the loo, but now its still there after several hours, I'm worried.
I may be over reacting as this is my first freshwater tropical tank, but I have grown quite attached to my fish already so I'm worried about them.
Any help or advice would be amazing as I'm not sure what to do.
(Aologies for any spelling errors, I am without Internet and have to use the 3G on my phone. Additionally, please forgive me if I have posted in the wrong section. I am rather limited to what my phone will do.)
May 2, 2012
Hi there Ivresse,
somehow I missed your thread an stumbled over it only now.
Let me say first, That it isn't a bad thing at all to worry about ones animals and thats as true for fish as it is for mammals such as dogs and cats.
Secondly I must say that, in my humble opinion, you are pushing it a bit with two pairs of T. lalius in a 60 l tank! They might be called dwarf gouramies but aren't that dwarfish at all.
As to your question, all gouramies do become quite territorial when they get into "the mood" i.e. start courting and breeding. Your tetra might have been at the recieving end of a bit of "unwanted attention"!
Generally tetras are fast enough to avoid serious attacks but if the guy got in the line between two fighting T.lalius males he could indeed have sustained some damage. Since it has been a week now from when you first posted, tell us how the tetra is doing by now.
Btw, it is quite normal for Gouramies to carry the "string of excrements" with them for quite a while. This "string" usually has a darkisch colour (depending on food of course) and you should only worry if that becomes whitish and sort of slimy (as opposed to relatively firm).
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