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Old 03-20-2020, 06:55 AM   #1
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Jerking Tetra & Craaaazy ADFs Amid Ammonia spike

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Iím currently treating an ammonia spike in my tank by doing 50% water changes every day. I did one last night and then noticed 1 of my 4 tetras doing this odd repetitive jerking motion; typically pointed upwards at a 45 degree angle.
Did another water changes a few hours ago & now my 3 ADFs keep swimming about halfway to the top of the tank like theyíre going for air, and then turn around and come back down. It's definitely not over 12" & they've never had problems before. Iíve had them for ~8 months & 99% of the time they very obviously don't want to leave the bottom of the tank. They always DART up for air & then dart RIGHT back down.
They do happily & quickly come to the dish for meal time, but thatís it. 🤣
feel like they canít breathe or theyíre burning or something! 😩😩😩 anyone have any ideas what could be going on?! I treat my water with Prime when doing water changes
I'm attaching videos of both the tetra & the ADFs in the comments, along with my current tank conditions.
Thanks in advance for any help!

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Any further water changes?

Do you have 0 ammonia yet?

Any better behavior in the tank from the fish and ADF?
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Keep changing water until ammonia is undetectable.

Make sure to match water temperature and use dechlorinator.
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