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Old 02-21-2015, 11:36 AM   #1
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cory with rapid breathing and stunted barbels

Looking for a diagnosis for my peppered cory.

Tank is 29 g with rocks, drift wood and fake plants. Sand substrate. API test kit shows no ammonia or nitrite and around 30-40ppm nitrAte at the end of the week when I do a pwc ~50%. Temp is around 76F. air stone.

tank mates are 11 glofish tetras, 3 peppered cory and 1 albino cory and they are looking normal and healthy.

The cory in question looked fine a week ago - barbels were normal and was active like the rest of the corys. last night I noticed he was kind of just sitting on the bottom and not moving alot. When I looked closely I noticed rapid breathing and stunted (about half the usual length and rounded off at the end) barbels. I've had this fish for about 2 months now along with the other corys.

Anybody have any thoughts on what might be going on with my cory and what I might do to get him better?

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Change more water is all..

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Definitely, change more water. I understand Cories are extra sensitive to nitrates.


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I know that my corys start to freak out if nitrates get above 20 or 30 ppm. I do a 50%water change and vaccum on weekends but also do a smaller water change during the week. Only takes like 10 min after work and seems to keep them happy.


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Thanks, fishy. Gonna work on a schedule for more PWCs to lower the nitrates.

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