Fish Dying and coming to surface for air.
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » Fish Dying and coming to surface for air.

Fish Dying and coming to surface for air.

This is a discussion on Fish Dying and coming to surface for air. within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> I just bought a set-up tank and moved it. I used all the same water, did not do a water change, put in Stress ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Scalare Angelfish
Scalare Angelfish
Oto Catfish
Oto Catfish
Like Tree2Likes

Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
Fish Dying and coming to surface for air.
Old 04-29-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
 
Deanna01's Avatar
 
Fish Dying and coming to surface for air.

I just bought a set-up tank and moved it. I used all the same water, did not do a water change, put in Stress Coat in the amount noted on the bottle the day after the move (yesterday). When I looked in the tank this morning, all four Amano shrimp, one tetra, and one Chinese algae eater are dead. The other fish are coming to the surface for air. I did a quick strip test just to check water, and it looks fine. Temp looks fine. I don't know what to do. :(
Deanna01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2013, 12:36 PM   #2
 
Geomancer's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deanna01 View Post
I just bought a set-up tank and moved it. I used all the same water, did not do a water change, put in Stress Coat in the amount noted on the bottle the day after the move (yesterday). When I looked in the tank this morning, all four Amano shrimp, one tetra, and one Chinese algae eater are dead. The other fish are coming to the surface for air.
Is there surface agitation at all? From a filter, or from an air bubbler? Any live plants?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Deanna01 View Post
I did a quick strip test just to check water, and it looks fine. Temp looks fine. I don't know what to do. :(
'looks fine' means different things to different people, do you have numbers? Need Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate.

Assuming there is surface agitation, my initial guess would Ammonia/Nitrite poisoning. Are you using all the same decorations, substrate, and filter media? Was any of it cleaned? During transport were these items kept in tank water?
Geomancer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2013, 12:50 PM   #3
 
Deanna01's Avatar
 
I used API Stress Coat yesterday, and I miscalculated the dose. It said to give double the dose for stress, and I gave double that doubled dose.
:(
Deanna01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2013, 01:28 PM   #4
 
Deanna01's Avatar
 
API said that could definitely be the problem. :( They recommended a 30% water change.
Deanna01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2013, 01:36 PM   #5
 
I'd definitely be doing a water change - and then perhaps you can answer the questions Geomancer posed.
ZivaD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2013, 01:37 PM   #6
 
Deanna01's Avatar
 
The ammonia is 0, nitrites are .25, nitrates 40 before water change.
Deanna01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2013, 01:48 PM   #7
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Do an immediate major water change, down to 3/4 of the tank volume. Just siphon out the water, don't do any other work to stress the fish more. Use a good water conditioner on replacement water.

Come back here with results and we can continue discussion. Just to clarify...by down to 3/4, I mean remove 3/4 of the tank water.

Byron.

Last edited by Byron; 04-29-2013 at 02:07 PM..
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2013, 01:50 PM   #8
 
Boredomb's Avatar
 
What about surface agitation?? This is important as it alones the exchange of gases into and out of the water. Without Oxygen in the fish will gasp at the surface combined with Nitrites in the water plus to much Stress coat. I would say this is some of the problem.
I would personally do at least a 50% water change add the right amount of the conditioner and monitor the nitrites. As long as those are present I would daily water changes.
ZivaD likes this.
Boredomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2013, 01:51 PM   #9
 
Boredomb's Avatar
 
Sorry double post.
Boredomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2013, 02:21 PM   #10
 
It may not be the problem right now but you need to make sure the tank has surface agitation. I've had this happen recently when I swapped my 80's sponge to be hooked up to a power head. Looks like I didn't have enough surface agitation due to the angle, and well I caught it well in advance, adjusted the angle and added a small bubbler to make sure this isn't an issue again.

Also pay attention to the heat of your tank. Tanks in higher temps hold less oxygen.
Sanguinefox is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Angelfish coming to surface for air. Stoke88 Cichlids 11 04-04-2013 03:53 PM
Thick Green "slime" on water surface... dying fish bigehugedome Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 25 09-02-2012 12:41 PM
Excessive air bubbles on surface rebelson Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 7 02-10-2010 03:00 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:22 PM.