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Old 12-29-2018, 10:18 PM   #1
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Fish appear to be rapidly breathing

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My fish seem to be rapidly breathing even though I have so many plants... the following events are leading up to me finding them rapidly breathing:

1: I come home and try feed my oto cats a large piece of red seaweed.

2: seaweed basically dissolves, creating a huge mess. I take out seaweed.

3: I add some Anubias Frazeri. It was the prepackaged kind from petco.

4: I feed bloodworms to the rest of my fish

5: I sit around for a little bit, maybe 30 to 45 minutes

6: I decide to check on the fish and notice the odd behavior.

PH: 6.8,
Temp: 72 degrees F/ 22 degrees C


(NOTE: all seem to be hanging out by the top, one of my platies has clamped fins)

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Old 12-29-2018, 11:47 PM   #2
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Do you have a source of air in the tank?
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Its probably due to lack of oxygen. That is a lot of fish for a 5 gallon tank. I would also suspect water quality issues.
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Add several airstones or an HOB. Test your ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. I would immediately do a 50% water change.

I'd also remove that pleco. No pleco should be in a 5 gallon tank.
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Its probably due to lack of oxygen. That is a lot of fish for a 5 gallon tank. I would also suspect water quality issues.

Itís a 20 gallon long... sorry for the confusion
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:14 PM   #6
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Fish appear to be rapidly breathing

[QUOTE=goatnad;3516391]Its probably due to lack of oxygen. That is a lot of fish for a 5 gallon tank. I would also suspect water quality

Sorry about he confusion I mean ď20LĒ as 20 long. Itís a 20 gallon.
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Add several airstones or an HOB. Test your ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. I would immediately do a 50% water change.

I'd also remove that pleco. No pleco should be in a 5 gallon tank.


Sorry about the he confusion; itís a 20 gallon long
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:29 PM   #8
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ahhh ok. sorry about that. i never can tell when someone is talking liters or long.
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Lol. Ok. Did you get the fish to stop gasping at the surface?
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Lol. Ok. Did you get the fish to stop gasping at the surface?


Yeah the only thing that Iíve noticed wrong is one of my platies with clamped fins Click image for larger version

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I see white poop which I think means internal parasites... heís eating and swimming fine.
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lol. Ok. Did you get the fish to stop gasping at the surface?


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