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Dwarf gourami with bent spine
Posted on: 8/11/2017 13:06
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Hello everyone I have 4 dwarf gouramiís aswell other small fish. I noticed yesterday one of them has a bent spine heís eating and swimming but looks odd Iím praying itís not tb. The water parameter is fine and the fish was brought from a local aquatic centre near me Iíve included a pic.


Re: Dwarf gourami with bent spine
Posted on: 8/11/2017 13:21
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Hi,

So we can help, can you provide the following details:

What size is your tank?
How long has it been set up?
What fish are in there (which species' and how many of each)?
Actual test results for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and hardness.


Re: Dwarf gourami with bent spine
Posted on: 8/11/2017 13:37
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The tank is 180l is been running for about 5 months there are four dwarf gouramiís some platys Mollies and guppys with a few corys in total about 17 fish. Ammonia and nitrite is 0 nitrate is 20 ppm tap is currently 5.0ppm working on that and ph 7.4 and water is fairly hard.


Re: Dwarf gourami with bent spine
Posted on: 8/11/2017 15:03
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That all sounds fine apart from the possibility that the water is a bit too hard for the gouramis and cories, but that wouldn't cause this problem.

Fish TB (mycobacteriosis) is quite rare and would affect other fish too so I doubt it's that.

The most likely cause of the problem is an iridovirus called Dwarf Gourami Disease. Most DG's sold in the UK come from massive breeding farms in the Far East and the bulk of them are infected with this disease. You may see other symptoms such as wasting, bloat and sores as it progresses. There is no cure so it may be kinder to put him to sleep






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