Why Is My Gourami Turning White? Explained

Have you ever noticed that your Gourami is turning white? If so, you’re probably wondering what’s going on and whether or not it’s a problem. In this post, we’ll explore some of the possible causes of this phenomenon and what you can do about it if necessary. So keep reading to learn more!

What Does My Gourami’s White Spot Mean?

It could be several things. It may have been caused by being stressed from being kept in poor conditions or from the wrong water parameters, a recent move, a new tankmate, a disease, an attack from another fish.

There are many possible reasons for your Gourami’s white spot. The first thing you should do is check that your fish are being kept in good conditions at all times. To do this, remember to read through our guidelines for keeping Gourami fish.

If you have checked the maintenance of your tank and know it’s up to scratch, let’s move on!

Gourami Fish Diseases

If your fish isn’t healthy and happy at home, there’s a good chance it will be stressed and more prone to diseases than usual. A great way to prevent these is by adding aquarium salt to the tank.

This won’t harm you Gourami and it will mean that any bacteria which attacks your fish can’t survive. It should also help them heal if they are already showing symptoms of any disease.

Do I Need to Buy More Fish?

It’s important to remember that you can’t just add another Gourami and expect things to carry on as normal. The reason behind this is that Gourami fish that are kept in a tank alone will be fine. However, if you add a second one then they may fight to the death – especially if the new Gourami has been living on its own before.

Thankfully, there is a way around this problem…

Introducing Another Gourami Fish

If you have an even number of Gourami fish (two, four, six, etc.) this means you will always have a pair. This means there is no chance that they will fight and kill one another.

It’s also possible to introduce a small school of Tetra into the tank with your Gourami. They’re great companions and should help each other to feel a lot more relaxed.

You may even want to add a few Otocinclus Catfish, but be careful when you’re choosing these because not all types are compatible with most fish. The most important thing is that the new tankmates have been kept successfully in a Gourami tank before.

Don’t Shop for Your Fish When You’re Stressed

The most common mistake you can make when it comes to Gourami fish is buying them impulsively. We all know what it’s like – we see a beautiful new fish and we think they’ll be the perfect addition to our tank. However, this isn’t always the best thing for you or your fish.

Never buy a fish when you’re stressed or feeling rushed. You want to give yourself time to research everything thoroughly so that the fish stays happy and healthy for as long as possible.

If you know what’s causing your Gourami’s white spot you should be able to treat it accordingly. If not, try giving them some aquarium salt to see if this helps.

Also, make sure your tank is always clean and that you keep the water quality up to scratch. If you do all of these things then there’s no reason why your Gourami shouldn’t be healthy and happy!