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Old 07-28-2018, 06:43 PM   #1
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Heckeli Inflamed Gills

Hi all,
Ive just noticed after I did a 50% water change yesterday that one of my Young Heckelii Cichlids has inflamed gills. He has been at the surface of the tank in the far left corner resting and is swimming abnormally. He seems to be having trouble breathing but the tank has plenty of circulation.

Any response will be much appreciated.

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Old 07-28-2018, 11:51 PM   #2
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If your cichlid was fine prior to the noted WC, and only exhibited the inflamed gills and lethargic behavior afterwards, then I would guess a water parameter problem.
Are the tankmates okay?
Fish behave that way when there is a spike in ammonia or nitrite. Maybe the big WC triggered a mini cycle. Some fish handle parameter spikes better than others.
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The standard answer is your fish has a symptom of ammonia poisoning. But this would depend on what your ammonia was/is. Had it been awhile since your last water change? What is your ammonia test out at after the water change?
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Also worthwhile checking source water - there have been instances where tap water has changed or pipes are worked on and caused die-offs.
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