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is this normal or not?
Old 09-02-2010, 02:43 PM   #11
 
i have2 Opaline Gourami and the both breath at the surface quite a bit. they have always done so more than my betta ever did. as for the air in the poo if the poo in general is healthy looking then its just from swallowing air bubbles. if the behavior of the fish changes or if it starts swimming all funny then its the swim bladder but if all well then i wouldn't be to concerned. putting an air stone or bubble wand in the tank will also help a bit.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:16 PM   #12
 
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i have2 Opaline Gourami and the both breath at the surface quite a bit. they have always done so more than my betta ever did. as for the air in the poo if the poo in general is healthy looking then its just from swallowing air bubbles. if the behavior of the fish changes or if it starts swimming all funny then its the swim bladder but if all well then i wouldn't be to concerned. putting an air stone or bubble wand in the tank will also help a bit.
glad to hear someone's had the same experience. the filter is run by an airstone and i dont have a spare pump so i cant really do that (the spare pump died a while ago) but at one point, while i was treating for gill flukes, i was using the spare pump to run a second airstone and i didn't notice any difference in her behaviour.
i've turned the temperature down in the tank 1 degree and she isnt doing it as much, so maybe it was too warm.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:22 PM   #13
 
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glad to hear someone's had the same experience. the filter is run by an airstone and i dont have a spare pump so i cant really do that (the spare pump died a while ago) but at one point, while i was treating for gill flukes, i was using the spare pump to run a second airstone and i didn't notice any difference in her behaviour.
i've turned the temperature down in the tank 1 degree and she isnt doing it as much, so maybe it was too warm.
that could also be the cause. the warmer the water the lower the oxygen content.
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