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Old 02-21-2023, 03:46 PM   #1
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Red Gills No Ammonia

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Old 02-21-2023, 09:17 PM   #2
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Bright red gills is an indication of something in the water affecting the fish, or possibly gill flukes or a gill infection. It's normally something in the water.

Check the water quality for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH.

Make sure there is plenty of aeration/ surface turbulence to maximise the oxygen level in the water.

If you are adding plant fertiliser or anything else (besides dechlorinator), stop using it for a bit.

Do a 75% water change and gravel clean the substrate every day for a week.
Make sure any new water is free of chlorine/ chloramine before it's added to the aquarium.

Clean the filter if it hasn't been done in the last 2 weeks. However, if the filter is less than 6 weeks old, do not clean it. Wash the filter materials/ media in a bucket of tank water and re-use the media. Tip the bucket of dirty water on the garden/ lawn.

If it doesn't improve after a big water change and filter clean then maybe add some salt.


You can add rock salt (often sold as aquarium salt), swimming pool salt, or any non iodised salt (sodium chloride) to the aquarium at the dose rate of 1 heaped tablespoon per 20 litres of water. If there is no improvement after 48 hours you can double that dose rate so there is 2 heaped tablespoons of salt per 20 litres.

Keep the salt level like this for at least 2 weeks but no longer than 4 weeks otherwise kidney damage can occur. Kidney damage is more likely to occur in fish from soft water (tetras, Corydoras, angelfish, Bettas & gouramis, loaches) that are exposed to high levels of salt for an extended period of time, and is not an issue with livebearers, rainbowfish or other salt tolerant species.

The salt will not affect the beneficial filter bacteria, fish, plants, shrimp or snails.

After you use salt and the fish have recovered, you do a 10% water change each day for a week using only fresh water that has been dechlorinated. Then do a 20% water change each day for a week. Then you can do bigger water changes after that. This dilutes the salt out of the tank slowly so it doesn't harm the fish.

If you do water changes while using salt, you need to treat the new water with salt before adding it to the tank. This will keep the salt level stable in the tank and minimise stress on the fish.

When you first add salt, add the salt to a small bucket of tank water and dissolve the salt. Then slowly pour the salt water into the tank near the filter outlet. Add the salt over a couple of minutes.
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Probably gill flukes, but of course just my opinion.

I use general cure, but formalin, paraguard, and prazipro (praziquentnel) will all kill gill flukes
Body flukes are common among guppies and probably all fish from a pet store
Its almost like fleas on a dog.
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