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Hello. I have some gouramis in my tank and I have noticed that one
is hanging around the bottom of the tank. When I feed the fish he/she
comes up for food I noticed that he/she has buldging around the lower
Does anyone know what the cause of this is and how I can make him/her
Upon looking closely I don't see any spots or discoloration on the
fish. The only way one would know it was bloated was by seeing it
face to face and then you can see the buldge out of the sides.
Any help would be appreciated as I can't figure out what the problem
- Rose... help me a little with the anatomy of the gourami... is the
vent closer to the front end or the tail end? Lots of tail ends just
contain swimbladder. Does he have any trouble with floating (like
his tail keepsw floating upwards?) or balance? Any scales sticking
out as Joyce suggests as with dropsy? Any unusual feces? Trailing
feces, etc.? Is he eating?
- I don't remember where the vent is Barb. I think (don't quote me
on this) it's closer to the tail. Sorry. I'll try and find out for
- Well he ended up dying. :(. I called my local pet shop where I bought
him. I was told that he probably had a bacterial problem and was told
that I should use a medicated food. I did this but in my reading I
really felt that he had dropsey. He scales did protrude and he had
a lump towards the tail.
He did not have a problem swimming until the end and he ate right
up until the end. I treated with Myrcin(SPELLING) two but he didnt'
I have had this happen twice with Gouramis and will have a better
understanding of their problem if it should happen again.
Thank you for your time and help on this matter.
- Sorry your fish died. Dropsy is pretty hard to treat.If it keeps
happening with fish from the same LFS maybe you should check out a
different store.Good luck.
- Dropsy or fish bloat is featured on the "MEDICATIONS"
site on this board. There is a brief description and possible meds
you can treat with. Check it out and good luck.
- It may be dropsy, but I am not much of a 'vet'. You need to check
out your water parameters and provide more information. What are the
nitrate levels? Ammonia levels? How many fish? How big a tank? How
old is the tank? Maybe someone can help, but we do really need the
additional information. Thanks.