laritheloud Posted December 31, 2021 Share Posted December 31, 2021 So after working on the 55 gallon tank for a few months, my 29 gallon tank full of honey gouramis, corydoras, and diamond tetras has been doing great! Buuuut in the past week or so, I noticed my wild type male has become more and more reclusive. Today he didn't emerge from hiding to join the feeding frenzy this morning, and just appears to want to hide himself away. I had added an extra female to balance out my males/females in the tank (there's 4 honey gouramis now) and try to draw him out of his shell, but instead, he's hiding himself even more than before. I have checked on him throughout the day and he doesn't look like anything is physically wrong with him. No injury, normal pooping, a little plump in the belly but he's always been that way (and we even thought he was a female for a long time). He tends to hug the bottom of the tank and keep to himself. The other male chases him, but I've never seen injury. I fed the tank daphnia this afternoon because the fish usually go crazy for them, and everyone did -- except for him, who timidly nibbled a few bites and spat a few bites. I know the obvious solution is to remove him and put him in a separate tank for closer monitoring, but... then what? My 20 gallon is about one day from completing a cycle (2ppm Ammonia cleared in less than half a day, Nitrites cleared in 25/26 hours), so I could potentially try and move him tomorrow. Is this possibly illness, or is he just stressed from bullying? Should I treat him with something? Poor little guy. He's always been the shyest of my gouramis! Here's parameters for the 29 gallon just to have them out there: Ph 7.8 Amm 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrates 5 to 10ppm GH around 6 dGH KH around 10 dKH The fourth honey, a female, was added a few weeks ago after a 6 week quarantine through 3 rounds of levamisole and 2 rounds of general cure. Everyone else is active and doing just fine. He's just acting... more reclusive than usual. I've had him for almost 9 months now and this is the first sign of him withdrawing even further. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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