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Old 02-18-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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fish gasping for air...

It seems as if my hefrichi fire fish and my Pakistan butterfly are gasping for air I just did a pwc and it seemed to hep. Maybe do another one? Please help
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:50 PM   #2
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What are your parameters?
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:09 PM   #3
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Ph 8.0 amonia .25 ppm trites 0 ppm trates 0ppm but they seem to be fine now
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:10 PM   #4
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I'm mixing water for another 5 gal pwc right now for tonight
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:20 PM   #5
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Any detectable ammonia is toxic. That's your problem most likely.
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So just keep doing pwc till it goes away?
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Yes. you could also try some ammonia lock/amquel/prime with the water changes. Why do you have detectable ammonia? Did you cycle the tank?
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Yeah I sure did I've had the tank running for 6+ months I have no idea why there is detectable amonia it might have something to do with being about 25lbs light on rock in the tank
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So, the bio load is too large? What size tank is this and what do you have in it?
How are you feeding (how much and how often and what)?
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The tank is 29 gal and I have a yellow watchman goby 2 occ clowns a helfrichi fire fish and a pakistan butterfly. Butterfly is small about 1.5" and a bta. I feed mysis once a week for the bta and my michaels pistol shrimp. Then every other day I feed spectrum pellets for my yellow watchman about 6-10 pellets and flake for the clows fire fish and butterfly every other day about 4 flakes
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