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Old 04-12-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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fish gasping at surface

I recently added my first fish, a maroon clownfish, to my aquarium. She seemed fine for about two days, however on the third day; she seemed a lot less active and was gasping at the surface surface. My first thoughts were that there wasn't enough oxygen in the water, so I adjusted my power head so that it agitated the water more. Now there are tons of bubbles in the tank and it's quite a bit louder. Now she seems fine. My levels have been constantly Ammonia-0ppm nitrite-0pp, nitrate-20pp, and ph-8 for the past few days. Did I fix the problem? Are the bubbles going to be a problem?
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try and get no bubbles i the water, micro bubles are not our friends.
do the gills seem liek they are purplish in color?
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Your nitrates are too high....should be near zero to five. You need to do a partial water change asap.
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not for a fish only, fish can handle that nitrate level. when its a reef you want to aim to keep 5ppm or less
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Nitrates of 20ppm for just fish should be fine and certainly wouldn't be making it "gasp" at the surface. I would say you fixed the problem now just mess with it to make less bubbles.
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Nope, the gills seem fine.
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is the clown bobbing straight up and down? if not i wouldn't be to concerned, my two perculas do that everytime i watch them they swim with their heads out of the water.

they are called clownfish for a reason, they do strange and funny stuff
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Missed the fish only part...what is bad about bubbles? Newbie here, too.
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nope. Should i be worried about the micro-bubbles? No matter how low i put the flow on my protein skimmer it still makes little bubbles
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try placing a sponge over the outlet

microbubbles cause saltcreep which lowers the salinty of the water it can also kill seahorses and rot them fro mthe inside, also can kill soft tissue corals
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