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Gourmi's journey

So yesterday I went to the petstore to pick out a pleclosomus for my large tank, I bought one, and while I was talking to the clerk, one of the gourmis (about 3 inches long) was swimming weird and I asked what happened to him. She was super nice and said that he came that way. he was there for a while, and she asked the suprevising manager what they should do about him, and he said to adopt him out because they can't sell a fish that they know has a problem. So next thing I know, I left with two fish (I have experiance with this breed). Well his symptoms are bloated from head to tail, swims with his tail above his head, and has a kink in his spine. I suspect severe constipation. I had him in my large tank, but the gourmi I have already was banging him up pretty hard, so this morning he was moved to his own isolation tank. He has been there at least 5 hours and no passing of waste. I tried a pea, but he was like a little toddler who wanted nothing to do with his veggies I will post photos of him as he improves (Hopefully, may be a genetic desise)

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You may want to consider euthanizing too, that video is sad. Do you know how big of a tank a dwarf gourami needs?


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yes he is in a ten gallon right now. He dosn't seem to be in pain. I mainly got him because the pet store wanted him to live out his days in a real home

he is only in a ten gallon due to it was the only empty aquarium I had, and he isn't exactly swimming the greatest
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I just want to say thats a Blue Gourami, not a dwarf.

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sorry he's actually a marble gourmi! lol also known as a opaline gourmi. I have a blue gourmi and he looks nothing like him
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Well, the opaline is a color form of the Blue Gourami, the gold is also. If you click the shaded name you can find out yourself.

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ok lets continue with the treatment here. do you think he should be euthinized? I'm gonna try fasting first.
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I would say yes, but not sure of the best way to do so, so I would wait for someone else to chime in.

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I should euthinize him even if he isn't in pain? He is really spunky!
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I am starting a poll to help decide on his care. as I see both ways of the story.
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