3 years ago #1
Seshat
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Why won't my dwarf gourami eat?

I have had two dwarf gourami in my tank for a couple of months now. They were doing fine, I put one frozen nutrition cube in the tank of the mornings, and two different flakes in through the day. Every fish acts "ravenous" and gobbles up the flakes every day. But lately one of my dwarf gouramis hasn't been eating. His colors are still vibrant, but all he does is eat the food and spit it back out. I haven't mde any changes, no new foods or anything like that so what happened?

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3 years ago #2
Styphon
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Are you staying up on your water changes? I lost several dwarf gouramis when I got lazy and got behind on my water changes. they seem more sensitive than some fish in that regard.

Try doing 20-25% every other day and see if that perks him up.

If he's still not eating after a few more days you may have to take more drastic measures.

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3 years ago #3
johnarthur
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Lack of an appetite is one indicator the fish is stressed. Often the stress turns out to be a water quality problem. If you have access to a water test kit, make sure ammonia and nitrite are zero. If they're not, you may be feeding too much or doing too few partial water changes.

Feeding schedules can be flexible so long as the fish receive a varied diet. However, they should be fed no more than they actually eat in a couple of minutes. Any frozen food should be well thawed before feeding. I've heard stories of fish getting sick from eating partially frozen food. Some foods can also go stale and pollute the water. Uneaten food produces toxic ammonia.

Partial water changes should be about 25 percent a week and more frequent if the aquarium is over crowded. An aquarium can be healthy without partial water changes for some time, but eventually ammonia accumulates, overwhelms the nitrogen cycle and poisons the water. Partial water changes dilute toxins and are frequently more effective than medications.

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3 years ago #4
Seshat
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I left for a week on vacation, I left my mom and sister in charge of my tank. When i got home the water was brown...... I did water changes every day and that cleaned it up right quick. I just got over that stage a couple of days ago. Could this why the little guy is stresses out? I'll give a day or two and see if he perks up!

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3 years ago #5
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As often happens with well meaning fish sitters having no aquarium experience, Mom and Sis probably fed the fish too much. You may want to change 10 or 15 percent of the water every day until ammonia and nitrite both measure zero. If they already do, the fish should begin to recover, and weekly partial water changes should maintain water quality. Most aquarium fish can go for at least a week without eating.

One way to avoid fish sitter over feeding is buy one of the pill boxes that has a separate chamber for each day of the week. Fill each chamber with a single day ration of fish food, and ask care taker to feed no more.

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3 years ago #6
Seshat
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Yes, you are spot on. They spilled the flake bottle so about half of it went in the tank. Then they tried to change the water and vacumme the gravel which was an epic fail... I'll buy a vacation feeder next time He should recover in a couple of days then. Thanks!

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3 years ago #7
Styphon
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any improvement?

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3 years ago #8
Seshat
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Yes, he ate this morning, but not this evening. Progress

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3 years ago #9
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For a vacation feeder, you could by a small pill box that has a chamber for every day of the week. Add just enough food for each day, and ask the care taker to feed nothing more than the contents.

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3 years ago #10
Styphon
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yeah that's what I do except I just use sandwich bags. but the idea is the same.

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3 years ago #11
Seshat
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I will put that to good use I when take my trip to FL in a few months! thanks

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3 years ago #12
kellbelle
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You were so right about the nitrate. With in an hour of putting the ammonia free tablet. My gouramis were swimming around like normal. You gave the best adbise that i have read on here about gouramis. Thank thank. I thought we might loose them.

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1 year ago #13
Donnie
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My gouramis are picky eaters also... one out of the three will go right to the top of the tank and eat like crazy, my blue one is slow to get to the top and eats at leisure he is a little cocky and ate my neons and the other one i have will snack off of the pre filter intake sponge ... they all have different feeding habits so I try to mix it up with freezed dried shrimp, peas, flakes and floating pellets... not all at once just mix up there food for the entire tank every few days and I have noticed that their colors are getting a lot brighter... however my blue dwarf is a SOB because he will and has bit the back fins of my guppies... so now my guppies hide at night ....

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1 year ago #14
Donnie
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picture is sideways for some reason ,,,

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1 month ago #15
Grace
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Dwarf goramis' do not have a big appetite.They tend to not eat at all every now and then. They have small stomaches, so do not need to eat allot

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