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Old 05-13-2004, 01:14 AM   #1
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Fish Breathing Patterns

I have looked through this site and couldnt find this although I know it has been discussed before. I have a sw tank, and was wondering, what the average amount of breaths do fish take in a minute?

Do you tell by watching their gills?

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Old 05-13-2004, 05:04 PM   #3
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Re: Fish Breathing Patterns

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what the average amount of breaths do fish take in a minute?

Do you tell by watching their gills?
There is no real determination that can be passed on in words. It really depends on the fish as well. Some more "hyperactive" species will have slightly faster more laboured "breathes" while less active more docile ones will have slow gill movements.

It really comes down to watching your animals and understanding what's normal and what is cause for concern. It takes a little time but you will soon be able to tell how your fish are doing simpley by looking at them. It's just a matter of learning through experience what is "normal" for the fish you have.

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Ive notyiced my fish seem to breath much faster during the day and at night it appears to be slower
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that makes sense..

That makes sense..I breath slower at night also...especially when I'm asleep!

Good advice from Steve-S...what's important is to know your fish and know what normal for them is...and notice if it changes.
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I believe that fenner said somewhere around 90 gills beats per minute is fine. I will find the page reference in "conscientious marine aquarist" and post it tomorrow (I am currently on the midnight baby shift and the book is next to the bed where my wife is sleeping)
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