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Old 12-19-2011, 08:43 PM   #1
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Hello my name is amy and I have a 30 gallon tank with a few fish and a red tailed shark who I have had for a few years now ... My shark for the past two days has been acting kinda sluggish wich for him is unusual beacuse he has always been active but now he just stays in one spot and barley moves... Could he be dying???
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:50 PM   #2
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Welcome!! What are the PH,nitrates,and levels in your water? Any ammonia? Make sure you he is not getting bullied! Does he look okay?
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Hello my name is amy and I have a 30 gallon tank with a few fish and a red tailed shark who I have had for a few years now ... My shark for the past two days has been acting kinda sluggish wich for him is unusual beacuse he has always been active but now he just stays in one spot and barley moves... Could he be dying???
Hi an welcome!
What other fish do you have in the tank(kind and number)?
How long ago where they added?
Do you own a test kit? What are your ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH?
Have you changed any filter media recently or washed under tap water?
When was the last time a water change was done and how much?
How often do you do them and how much?
Do you use a dechlorinator?
If you can answer these questions it will help us help you!
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My ph is fine and he looks normal I don't think he is getting bullied usually he is the one that bullies the other fish...
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:56 PM   #5
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Welcome!! What are the PH,nitrates,and levels in your water? Any ammonia? Make sure you he is not getting bullied! Does he look okay?
Usually the red tailed sharks are the ones doing the bullying! Anyways, i agree with the above post, what are the levels? Also what tank mates?

*edit* wow, i sent that message and then saw that you said he usually bullies other fish right after i said the same thing. Lol
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My ph is fine and he looks normal I don't think he is getting bullied usually he is the one that bullies the other fish...
What is your pH? Did you add anything to alter it?
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Right now I have two gold fish one male bata and a few tetras and they have all been in the same tank together for almost a year now with the shark
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Right now I have two gold fish one male bata and a few tetras and they have all been in the same tank together for almost a year now with the shark
Ok. So I'm assuming you don't know your parameters (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH). Can you take a water sample to you local fish shop (LFS) to get tested? Make sure they use a liquid test not strips.

Now for the bad news
Two goldfish (fancy goldfish not common, commet or koi) absolutely maxes out your tank. You are very over stocked. Sorry.

How often do you change water?
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I just tested my ph and it's normal I use the correct ph tablets...
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I just tested my ph and it's normal I use the correct ph tablets...
Changing the pH of your water with chemicals is a big no no. They can do more harm than good. It is better to have a stable pH than a chemically altered one. No need to change it at all unless it's in the extreme ranges (less than 6 or more than 9). If its consistently the same number it's good.

Do you know what the nitrogen cycle is?
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