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Joined: 27 Apr 2005
Location: Chicago, IL

PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)17:37    Post subject: gourami with red mouth Reply with quote

I have a small tank with two dwarf gourami's. One has an inflamed red mouth. He eats well and appears normal - still aggressive toward the smaller fish. I have scoured the net looking for something similar and find nothing except Enteric red mouth (erm) - which is noted as being very rate in tropical fish. It is not cotton mouth. Any one know what ails him and how to cure it? And is it contagious? This is my first fish adventure since high school and it was going so well
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Joined: 13 Feb 2005
Location: Foster City, CA

PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)19:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know what it is, but it sounds like an infection. Use some antibacterial solution, and if that doesn't help, go to your local library and find a book on fish diseases. Cool
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Joined: 07 Dec 2004
Location: Scotland

PostPosted: 2005.04.28(Thu)2:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could be caused with fighting with the other gourami, do you ever see them lip locking, sometimes this can cause the lips to be inflamed. If it is that, then the gourami will heal in time, buy some melafix to help with the healing process.


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PostPosted: 2005.04.30(Sat)8:50    Post subject: bacterial infection Reply with quote

It sounds to me like a bacterial infection. These are sometimes hard to treat, but I hav just had some success with my swordtail. Here's what you want to do: First, add some more aquarium salt. This will at least buy you some time. Then, take out the carbon filter or whatever filter medium you use. Make sure you don't try to change the water or pH until a couple days after it is all treated. Also, don't use an isolation tank, because you don't know if the bacteria is dormant in other fish. Then, go to your pet shop or aquarium retailer. This is the hard part, finding a medication that actually works. One medication I hav had success with is called "gel-tec." it works very well. You will find the best medication if you find a shop that specializes in tropical fish. Try treating for a week. If nothing happens, take your fish off the medication and put the filter back in. Then give it a while to heal on it's own. If nothing happens, just go about regular activity as long as it doesn't spread. Good luck!
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