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Almost 2 weeks ago i bought 4 snakeskin gourami from a LFS. When i got home i noticed one of them was smaller than the other 3 & it seemed to have a

slightly different body shape. Its hard to explain but it just looked a little thin & didnt look as "full" as the other 3.

During the time i have had him he eats well & swims around normally with the other fish.

As i havent uploaded a pic of him yet I will do my best to describe his appearance:

Shape: as i mentioned earlier, he isnt as big as the other 3 & it doesnt look like a normal size/growth issue. He doesnt look in proportion. He looks like what can be described as

the "runt" of a litter if that sort of thing exists in fish.

Colour: The other 3 display normal colour & patterns for fish of their age/size, but this little guy looked "smoked". By that I mean that it looks as if he has a tint of black through him

& his fins. The fins look almost "dirty" & seem to be a little broken up in the tail fin. Not sure if it's fin rot.

As for the smoked appearance, it can be best described as i mentioned - a black hazy tint over the body. Not too much but still very noticeable when compared to the other 3.

He also has what looks like some sort of ulceration approx 10mm behind his eye on the left side. It looks white & looks like a wound or a hole in the making. This has only appeared

since yesterday. Im not sure if it is a wound from a fight, hitting up against on of the pieces of driftwood, or a parasite/disease.

Behavior: Normal - swims normally & meal time.

I have separated him into a hospital tank & will begin medication tomorrow, but im not sure what to begin medication for... :?

I will do my best to get a good picture of him & upload.

Does anyone have ideas of what i may be dealing with or how to treat? The other fish all look fine.



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thanks peter - im glad to say my gourami looks like non of those pix! some were a little hard to look at... :(

about 3 days ago i put him in a hospital tank with a water temp of about 29C & added heaps of salt.

the fins look better & the ulcer-like mark appears to be gone...ill leave him in there another day or so then ill

re-introduce him into the tank...

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