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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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Dwarf Gourami injury or sick?

This started about a week ago. I thought he caught himself on the rock or something but it is not getting any better. It looks like two injury's on one side of his back right near the top by his fin. Well it is not getting any better. Is this some sort of fungus? If I need to get some better pictures I will get out the real camera.

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my only thought is that it might be hole in the head disease. I've seen it farther down the lateral line on the back before but only on oscars, but it might be worth looking into
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fish losing scales in a main body area is a bad deal and figuring out illness is a guessing game.

Worst case could be this:
Dwarf gourami iridovirus is apparently specific to the dwarf gourami (Colisa lalia), including the various fancy varieties of the species, such as neon gouramis and sunset gouramis. Infected fish develop a variety of symptoms, including loss of color, decrease in activity and appetite, the appearance of sores and lesions on the body, abdominal swelling and finally death. This fish disease is highly contagious, completely untreatable and invariably fatal.
Dwarf gourami iridovirus is apparently very common. One recent study of fish exported from Singapore found that 22 percent of all dwarf gouramis carried the virus. Aquarists should never purchase dwarf gouramis from fish aquariums containing fish exhibiting symptoms consistent with the dwarf gourami iridovirus, and all new fish should be quarantined for at least six weeks prior to being placed in the main fish aquarium.
For most aquarists, my best advice is to keep the hardier alternatives to dwarf gouramis. The thick-lipped gourami (Colisa labiosa) and the banded gourami (Colisa fasciatus) are both similar in size, temperament and coloration and make excellent alternatives.

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I am guessing that I should put him in quarantine right?
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