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Old 07-12-2018, 06:22 AM   #1
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Fish staying at top of tank - gasping

Hi all,
Iíve just put a large piece of gold vine into my 150L tank and it is leaching and has a gooey stringy substance coming off it. I had soaked it in water for about 3 weeks but it wasnít fully submerged.

The main problem is that the fish are hanging around at the top of the tank and look as though they are gasping at the surface. Levels seem to be okay, and Iíve done a 20% water chance since adding the wood.

Any advice would be handy. Have you had this happen before?

Thanks, Dani
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:24 AM   #2
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Get the wood out and bleach the wood. Sounds like the goo coming off might be fungle. And it still could of played havoc with your levels. If in doubt chuck it out
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Get the wood out and bleach the wood. Sounds like the goo coming off might be fungle. And it still could of played havoc with your levels. If in doubt chuck it out


When you say bleach can I just use something from the store?
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Yes you use unscented, uncoloured bleach and dilute it and soak it for 24 hours then ditch the bleach water then soaking it in tap water then keep changing the tap water then soak with DC water
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Yes you use unscented, uncoloured bleach and dilute it and soak it for 24 hours then ditch the bleach water then soaking it in tap water then keep changing the tap water then soak with DC water


Thanks. Appreciate the advice!

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I'd be getting that out of the tank asap and getting water changed because you don't know if it bacterial or fungal
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If the fish are gasping at the surface, that's a sure sign that there is not enough oxygen in the water. Get that wood out and get something to agitate the surface of the water to get more oxygen into it.
By the way, whenever I decide to put wood into one of my tanks, I soak it for months beforehand just to make sure.
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