Urgent help needed gourami loss of balance

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  1. lenks

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    hi folks

    i know this isn't a marine fish problem but i am really stuck
    my successful breeding male gourami suddenly, 3 days ago, lost all his balance - he couldn't hold himself in a normal attitude at all in the tank.
    i recycled 2/3 water, i dosed with antibiotics, i salted the water, i've even done the whole filter system over and treated the water.
    what more can i do?
    I really like my boy - he's a real character in my tank, and the second most loving hubby i've ever seen.
    he's a youngish boy - just under 2 years old.
     
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    What filtration are you running? If you have any power pumps or power heads, make sure they aren't creating microbubbles as it can cause swimbladder issues in many FW fish.

    Any new additions to the tank lately?
     
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    hey rocket rooster
    the only new additions to the tank are the gourami, platy & guppie babies that my fish are producing.
    i run a very ordinary intank sponge & carbon filter with a top drip set.
     
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    Get some course salt. Mix it in a bowl till theres nothing left in tub. Take net, catch the fish and dip him in it for 2 seconds 3 to four times. While do this try to stand next to your tank so u can give him some fresh water inbetween dips. Do this everyday a couple of times a day untill he starts looking better. Had a problem like that with mine before i switched to salt box
     
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    brilliant, thanks the fish.
     
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    No probs man. Why spend money on keds when salt does the trick. Also add 2 spoons into your tank. After water changes.
     
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    now that you mention it, after i salted after the water recycle, he was suddenly able to swim head up tail down!
    good point there, well presented!:thumbup:
     
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    Thanx man. Always a pleasure to help;)
     
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    hey folks, thought i'd pop in and update you - The Fish's tip re salt worked a treat and now my handsome chap is back to making babies...i have 4 teeny little fry that I think are his offspring! YAY!
     
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    Thanks Henk.

    Yes, i did discover them, and got a whole lot of advice for some of my other challenges too.
     
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    Good for you:thumbup:
     
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