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10-26-2012 03:27 AM
Wannaberooted Unfortunately, before I could try anything else, he died. Poor guy, he was a good fish. He also had long stringy poop, which I also saw is a symptom for DGD. My water conditions are good, I'm hoping it was that and I don't have any more problems with the other fish.

Thank you everyone for your advice, but if it was DGD, there was nothing that could be done. I won't get another Dwarf Gourami, though I really like them.
10-25-2012 04:52 AM
mistergreen Hey, that neosporin idea is a good one. It'll protect the wound too. Use gloves. You don't want to infect him or you catching it too.
10-25-2012 03:15 AM
Diana One possible bacteria that can make ulcers like this is Aeremonas. A nasty infection. Quarantine tank for sure.

You can treat it externally with either of these methods, but ONLY ONCE.
Catch the fish, and hold him so the wound is exposed to the air and put on a single drop of hydrogen peroxide OR one of the vaseline based antibiotics like Neosporin. Use a cloth soaked in stress coat to hold him.

More treatment:
If he is still eating then use antibiotic treated food, perhaps an antibiotic like Kanamycin.
If he is not eating then use an antibiotic that will be absorbed from the water.
I would also add a small amount of salt to the water, 1 teaspoon per 10 gallons to help with stress.

Care notes:
Keep the Q-tank bare bottom and vacuum daily to remove fish waste and uneaten food. Bacteria can live in debris.
Keep the tank warm, and the air above it warm. Gouramis are labyrinth fish, and need warm air above the tank.
Fish are in less stress in darker surroundings, and if they have a place to hide. I would trim the plants in the main tanks and let the trimmings drift in the Q-tank. They will make some shade and hiding places near the surface.
10-24-2012 02:38 PM
CatSoup That does look bad. Poor guy.
What specific antibiotics should be used MisterGreen?
10-24-2012 02:14 PM
mistergreen I'd separate him and treat with antibiotics.
10-24-2012 07:37 AM
Wannaberooted I don't think he's going to last much longer. He's not moving much, and he hasn't eaten today. The wound just seams to be getting bigger and not healing. His breathing is rapid, and he goes to the surface for breaths much more often than when he was healthy. All the other fish seem just fine, and water conditions are good. Could this be Dwarf Gourami Disease? I read it can cause some sort of wound but I found no pictures, but he is lasting way longer than I thought possible.
10-16-2012 04:52 AM
Wannaberooted It wasn't easy, as he never stands still, but these are the two best out of about a dozen.

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10-16-2012 03:03 AM
CatSoup Could you get a close up of the wound?
10-16-2012 02:57 AM
Wannaberooted He's still acting fine, and he has what looks like a scab that has been soaking in water on a human forming over the wound. It is swollen a little. Anyone know if this is a good sign? I just never had a fish wounded like this, and have no idea on the healing process.
10-14-2012 04:06 AM
Wannaberooted He does dart after the Harlequins once in a while, and though that rock isn't sharp really, I could see him doing damage to himself hitting the tallest point at his top speed. It's time for some driftwood.

He's still very active otherwise after the scare the other night, and I bought some more Stresscoat. I just hope he heals up now without any complications.

Thanks everyone!
10-13-2012 02:22 PM
ADJAquariums
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Well, he's back to his wiggly self today, staring at me and begging for food. I've had him four months. Yesterday I couldn't even take a close look, he would dart away to the back behind the plants, and he spent a good amount of time inside the cave. I did add the last of my Sresscoat last night, I'll have to get some more.

I suppose he could have ran into that fake rock, or into a Cory. I've never seen him that clumsy though. That would be great if that was all it was, as long as it heals. I don't really like that rock anyway, I'm thinking of getting some Anubias on driftwood from AquariumPlants.com to put in it's place.

Thanks everyone for the input so far. If anyone else has any ideas, feel free to pipe up.
If the rock is sharp theres a good chance he just bumped into it, sometimes my Gourami can be clumsy and run into stuff

And if it is an abrasion make sure it doesnt get an infection or a bacterial disease, just keep doing what your doing and keep adding the stress coat, it should help, also a water change might help a bit. Never can really hurt to do a water change
10-13-2012 02:38 AM
Wannaberooted Well, he's back to his wiggly self today, staring at me and begging for food. I've had him four months. Yesterday I couldn't even take a close look, he would dart away to the back behind the plants, and he spent a good amount of time inside the cave. I did add the last of my Sresscoat last night, I'll have to get some more.

I suppose he could have ran into that fake rock, or into a Cory. I've never seen him that clumsy though. That would be great if that was all it was, as long as it heals. I don't really like that rock anyway, I'm thinking of getting some Anubias on driftwood from AquariumPlants.com to put in it's place.

Thanks everyone for the input so far. If anyone else has any ideas, feel free to pipe up.
10-13-2012 01:26 AM
Cynical Fish Guy First thought was an abrasion against the coral/rock seen in picture 2. My gouramis go off in wild tangents from time to time, kind of like my corys
10-12-2012 08:44 PM
ADJAquariums it looks like an abrasion almost... is there anything sharp or pointy in the tank he could have rubbed against?
10-12-2012 09:41 AM
steven p Strange, how long have you had him? Cory cats are decked out in spines and armor, any chance your DG got a little too friendly with one?

Also, any rocks or driftwood he couldve caught on? My dwarf gourami goes nuts on nematodes in the tank, I wouldnt be too surprised if he skewered himself some day.
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