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Old 08-27-2009, 10:24 PM   #1
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Very worried right now

Man I am so worried at the moment about my tank. In the last couple days time all of my fish have started to breathe really hard like they're trying to gasp for air. I tested the water as did my LFS and nothing is really out of the ordinary and the salinity is fine. Only problem is my Wrasse has a huge 2" dent on top of his head and I don't know if it came from fighting or if he like bumped his head or something.

I've got both of my powerheads going full throttle shooting extra bubbles into the tank.... does anyone have any idea whats going on? This couldn't come from not washing carbon out enough could it? It seemed like this all started a couple a days ago when I put fresh carbon in my tank but now I'm worried I didn't wash it out well enough or something.

Also the Wrasse has not eaten in three days which has me concered. To tell you truth none of them really have a good appetite.
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:30 AM   #2
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Sounds like the hole in the head disease. But i have no exp. in SW and i don't know if that can happen in SW.

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Some quick research to some good sites.
http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/hea...a/aa040901.htm
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Sounds like you should remove the carbon and start partial water changes.
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:36 AM   #4
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Carbon is long removed. The LFS told me the brand I used is no good and I should be using a brand of carbon like Marineland. So I ran that for 48 hours and now I've been using Prime and doing water changes. Why is my ammonia spiking though? The tank has been up and running for three years. Could it be that in adding the 3 new fish I've added in the past several weeks my system isn't strong enough to handle the fish load?

I just really don't know what the heck to do and I am still so worried about my Wrasse. I am probably gonna pull him out and medicate in a sick tank because his head is not looking good at all, I don't even know what happened with him!
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3 new fish in a few weeks? Yup... that could easily do it. Not sure how carbon - even cheap, no good stuff - could cause problems.
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What do I do? Just keep using prime and water changes? Also should I quarentine the wrasse because of his sort of hole in his head? (it's not an actual hole more like a dent really)
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Can you get a picture of the wrasse? Doesnt seem like Hole in head would be that big. How many gallons do you change each time?
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:13 AM   #8
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LFS says it was trauma from another fish and I agree! I just don't understand why they're all breathing so hard like gasping for air. There's very little ammonia in the tank and there's no nitrite so I don't understand why they're all looking so sickly for!
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First you said your water didn't test "out of the ordinary." Then you mentioned an ammonia spike, and now we have "very little ammonia". Sooo... how much ammonia are we talking about - in actual ppm?

Any measurable ammonia is not a good thing, and fish gasping at the surface is one of the signs of too much ammonia. Too many fish added, too soon. Only thing to do is either take some fish back, or be ready with premade water for large water changes until your biological filtration catches up.
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I don't mean to be so unclear I am just very upset. I had to take the day off from work to get this system back in order. I am very sad right now because unfortunately I have lost the Emperor Angelfish I knew he was going to be the first one to go.

Now on to the Wrasse though, he is number one for me so is it gonna hurt if I mix up some water in a 20 gallon tank and move him over to that just for a few days until I can get my system back in order? It will be fresh saltwater so I imagine I'm gonna have to watch for the cycling process to start. How often and how many water changes should I do on this so called "sick" tank I have setup for the Wrasse?

To tell you the truth I already went ahead and moved him over. I do have a powerhead and HOB filter going for circulation with some carbon going.
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