I got home tonight and found my gourami injured. She's in a community tank, with, amongst others, five large male angels.

I've taken her out of the tank into a hospital tank. I don't know if she needs any medication.

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UPDATE: After two nights and day in the hospital, she's looking much better. The fluffiness of the wounds have subsided. I'm fairly certain she's being bullied by the other fish.

  • Is the white stuff 'fluffy looking' or is it just a mark directly on the body? It's hard to tell from the images.
    – Henders
    May 17, 2018 at 9:48
  • It looks fluffy. It looked different in the water to out.
    – Richard C
    May 17, 2018 at 11:14
  • You did the right thing. Stay strong! You got this Apr 4, 2021 at 21:37

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It's very difficult to tell from the pictures what the damage is but after your update it looks like it's a case of bullying as you said. The white patches look like missing scales which may have been lost during an attack or, what I normally find, they were lost during the escape (bashing against decorations etc).

Angel fish are well known for being quite aggressive and nippy so I could well believe that they attacked the Pearl Gourami or at least chased it so it felt the need to escape. You'll definitely want to keep an eye on this. You could add more cover in the tank to break line of sight which will stop the angels spotting the other fish so quickly. This isn't a long term solution though because they'll always find it again.

In relation to the healing process, you did the right thing by separating them. To heal the missing scales you just need to make sure your water quality is great and they'll heal up on their own. If there are any worse injuries than missing scales you may wish to look into something like Melafix or Pimafix for medicines.

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