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  1. I ultimately decided to return him to the store, as the only trustworthy LFS near me didn't have any good tankmates for him, nor did they have any females. No worries though, he'll still be well cared for. The employees there are super good with their fish. My boyfriend and I picked out a male and two female mollies for the 10 gallon for now. We fully understand they will outgrow it (the male at least is a sailfin) but we are going to get them either a 20 or 30 gallon tank when Petco does their next dollar per gallon sale! I'll make a separate thread to introduce the mollies once I get some good pictures of them. Thanks for the help and advice everyone.
  2. Thank you Koko! I am definitely making a visit to the LFS after work today to check out the following possibilities for tankmates: A female dwarf gourami, or a small school of neons, or a couple of platys. NOT ALL OF THEM, just one of those options. I'm hoping to just find him a female friend.
  3. My boyfriend asked me if a small school of neon tetras would be compatable with the gourami? Just exploring my options for tankmates right now.
  4. I've tried all sorts of background coverings, from shiny to matte and plain black fabric covering the sides as well, nothing changed.
  5. I have tried that, yeah. The little bugger would shove himself between the plants and attack the glass in one spot, or find some other spot with more access for him to zip back and forth and attack. I'm definitely giving some thought to picking up a couple platys or swordtails after work rather than returning him, to see if the stimuli of herding tankmates around will distract him.
  6. There are tons of silk plants and hiding spots in there, not just one, and yes this was intended as the forever home. All the research I did lead me to believe he'd be ok on his own, I just think the glass might be too reflective in this tank because he just won't leave his reflection alone. He never swam around to investigate anything, just went straight for his reflection and didn't stop attacking it for days, even after I moved stuff around to cover more of the tank walls, he'd still find a bit of reflection and go for it.
  7. He's still doing this today, I've tried switching the background and turning off the light and nothing helps. It's really stressing me out, I'm thinking about returning him tomorrow and getting something calmer.
  8. I've got a jungle of silk plants in there, including some floaters as I've read dwarf gouramis like that. He was pretty chill at the store, chased the other gouramis a little but mostly cruised around looking for food. Nothing as frantic looking as the behavior I'm seeing now though.
  9. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.0 * Nitrite Level (tank) 0.0 * Nitrate level (Tank) 0.0 (Gonna just say 0, it's only been a day since he came home and the reading didn't really pick up anything. It's probably marginally more than 0 but you know what I'm trying to say here haha.) * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0.0 * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0.0 * Nitrate level (Tap) 0.0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 Tank information:Affected fish information: * Brand of test kit (drops or strips): API master kit * Filter name and size (GPH/LPH) Tetra Whisper Internal 10-30 * Additives and conditioners: Prime * Water temperature (With or without heater- please specify): Stays steady around 80 * Last water change date: Just filled it up yesterday/ * Tank size (Gallons or litres): 10 gallons * Fish in the tank (species and number): 1 male dwarf gourami, 2 inches long *What is your water change schedule? Like how much and how often? I plan on doing 100% changes once a week or once every other week, as necessary depending on water perams. * Any new fish added into the tank: Just this guy. -If Yes: Were they quarantined? -- -If Yes: Quarantine period and process (meds added): -- * List prior health issues in tank: New tank. * Medications previously added to the tank: None. * Medications on hand: Epsom Salt, Maracyn 2, PraziPro, Salt * Diet- brand and amount/duration of feeding: I plan on feeding him a mix of Ocean Nutrition Formula Two pellets and Aqueon betta pellets mixed with weekly bloodworm treats. * Any unusual behaviour such as nipping, bottom sitting, etc: Nearly constant glass surfing across the back of the tank. * Any unusual findings on fish and in tank: No, the fish looks great, brightly colored, bright clear eyes and fins all intact and looking great. Tank is new, but the filter is seeded with cycled media. Since I literally started the tank yesterday, no nitrates have shown up yet but he's a very little fish and doesn't make a ton of waste so I figure that's to be expected. * Affected fish in quarantine or in main tank: Main tank, but he's the only fish so it might as well be a quarantine tank. * Current medications being used on affected fish: None. * Previous medications used to treat affected fish: None. * If any, list previous health issues and treatment protocols taken: None. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. My camera's video capability doesn't work right, but there's nothing visible to see. He just goes back and forth over and over for hours. Okay so I might just be a worry-wart but I figure it's better to be safe and just ask, rather than wait for him to get potentially sick or something. So yes, as you read above this is a brand new tank but it has cycled filter media in it, no nitrates are showing yet but it's literally been 24 hours since I brought him home and it takes a while before such a small fish makes enough waste to show it. Anyway he's just constantly glass-surfing along the back and I'm wondering if this is normal adjustment-period behavior for dwarf gouramis in a new home? He didn't do anything like this at the store.
  10. I have an itty bitty little moor in with my gigantic ryukin and rather large comet and they never bothered him one bit. I'd say it depends on the personality of the fish in question but in general, goldfish tend to play nice.
  11. He does indeed have eyes. What a gorgeous guy! True albinos are so fancy. And in truth, you pretty much ARE just looking into him. You're seeing the back of his eyes reflecting light, much like when a cat's eyes reflect and "glow" only it's more pronounced in red-eyed fish.
  12. I've used Prazi many times and I've never seen it do that to a goldfish! Hopefully the mods will have an answer for you.
  13. If you do manage to dig, making sure to have a very deep section of the pond would go a long way for giving the fish shelter, especially when combined with shade and other cooling techniques! I think DieselPower's pond goes to 5 foot deep in one spot, for example, and that insulates it from fully freezing in the winter. The reverse should prove true with heat, thanks to the ground's natural insulating factors.
  14. My comet Remmy has a crooked mouth, not nearly as crooked as Dreamsicle's but almost. I suspect it was due to fluke damage as a baby, but thankfully never got worse as she grew up. She still eats just fine and is huge nowadays XD Here's hoping the mods don't find anything seriously wrong and that it's just a deformity!
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