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Old 11-10-2011, 03:42 AM   #1
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FIREMOUTH is HYPERVENTILATING! Need advice ASAP!

Hey everybody... I have a firemouth cichlid that is about an inch long, looks very healthy and fit, but it looks like it's gasping for air.. stressing his lips in and out rapidly as I send this darnit! Had him for almost 2 weeks and dont know what's goin on.. Need advice ASAP! please

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- limestone and black slate slabs, a piece of malaysian driftwood
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Hello. Have you tested the water at all? Is this a newly set up tank?
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He was sent off for security of the tank.. wish ya the best young juvie
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He was sent off for security of the tank.. wish ya the best young juvie
What?? He was sent off where?
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Sent off? Please explain...
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For your remaining fish.....How long has the tank been set up? Have you tested the water for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate? If it's a new tank toxins could be building in the water which frequent water changes would fix. There's a link in my signature called: new tank with fish. Give it a read and see if it applies to your situation.
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:23 AM   #7
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Yooo... sorry for the late response.. been workin.. but yes, I sent him "off" or should I say "back" to a local pet store with his old buddies. As for my nitrate, nitite, and ammonia levels.. I haven't bought a test kit quite yet.. probably tomorrow or tuesday.. i'll g,et that data to you asap.. So since my firemouth is gone, I was thinkin about stockin my tank a bit more over the next few weeks.. Just a reminder.. all my fish are fine and getting along for now.. all young juveniles.. 2 GBR's and 3 Angels (which chill together, not even nipping, probably will change as they mature and get bigger, but i'll cross that bridge when it approaches), and 4 cardinal tetras.. so I was thinkin about adding a bottom dweller, which would be a Striped Rafeal, an exotic type of pleco (probably a sailfin or spotted), and 3 more Cardinal Tetras.. and maybe a freshwater shark (any suggestions on that?).. Thanks for listening guys.. lemme know your opinons.. would be m
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"Would be much appreciated" is what I meant to say
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