I keep getting discus fish and everytime they are in my tank within 1 week they start breathing fast through 1 gill.
Anyway this is the third time I have kept discus and once again three of the four fish are breathing through one gill fast and it's only the 5th day of having them. They are in a brand new 150 litre aquarium that I bought for them to quarantine them so I could treat them and watch them for 6 weeks before moving them in my 450 litre.
The fish are honestly acting fine and they are even pairing off and laying eggs and stuff like that. They eat a variety of foods like frozen foods and pellets. They have erect fins and there is plenty of aggression in the tank. The fish are between 4-5 inches and they are very good quality imported from Asia. Just would basically like to know what's up? is there something in my tap water that's setting them off or what because i honestly don't get it. I will be treating the fish for flukes and parasites etc. the medications arrive on Thursday so not much I can do right now apart from water changes.
Something interesting that happened yesterday though was I did a large water change and the tap water was filled with a lot of micro bubbles flowing into the aquarium. The fish before the water change had been fine since I got them and then boom. They all were breathing through 1 gill after that WC
. They soon went back to normal after about 2 hours though so I'm guessing the micro bubbles irritated them.
The gill thing is kind of off and on though. Since day 3 only 1 of the fish started doing it and the fish has sort of stayed in the back and he gets a little beat up which must stress him out.
The tank is cycled by the way i had pre cycled the filters and I did have the aquarium up and running 2 weeks prior. I will do a water test soon to prove it but yeah.
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