gasping fish
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » gasping fish

gasping fish

This is a discussion on gasping fish within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> Hi i am new at keeping fish and hope someone can help. I have had my fush 1 week and noticed they have been ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Scalare Angelfish
Scalare Angelfish
Eleanor's Pyrrhulina
Eleanor's Pyrrhulina
Like Tree2Likes
  • 1 Post By tankman12
  • 1 Post By Flint

Reply
Old 07-22-2014, 09:59 PM   #1
 
gasping fish

Hi i am new at keeping fish and hope someone can help. I have had my fush 1 week and noticed they have been gasping over 48 hours. I cannot seem to lower the nitrate and nitrite levels. I have a 40 litre tank with 2 mollies, 2 swordtails, 1 betta and 2 african dwarf frogs. They get fed on 1 cube of frozen bloodworm twice a day and i have performed a 50% water change which has had no effecton the fish. Nitrite is reading 10ppm and nitrate is reading 200ppm. I am using the api 5 in 1 test strips. Can someone please help me before i start losing my fish??
Posted via Mobile Device
battynatty2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2014, 10:36 PM   #2
 
corina savin's Avatar
 
I hope your strips are wrong. They usually are. No fish will survive 10 ppm nitrites.
Keep doing 50% WC with dechlorinated water matched for temperature and stop feedings for few days. Bloodworms are polluting the water more than flakes or pellets. Once a week bloodworms is more than enough. Once a day flakes is OK for adults fish, and only what they can eat in 1-2 minutes.
corina savin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2014, 10:41 PM   #3
 
tankman12's Avatar
 
Do some HUGE water changes now. And if you can get prime or have it use it.
Posted via Mobile Device
huckleberry77 likes this.
tankman12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2014, 08:13 AM   #4
 
That is far too much food, it's not being eaten and dirtying the water. I suggest you look into a high-quality pellet such as New Life Spectrum (NLS) and do as large of a water change as your gravel vac will allow. It is not necessary but a bottle of Tetra Safe Start could help you. I suggest you stop feeding for now while we get the water under control (fish can go months without food, don't worry) and you get a quality pellet. Most of us have been down this road and we are here to help!
huckleberry77 likes this.
Flint is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2014, 09:04 AM   #5
 
Thank you so much! I have done a water change of just over 50% and gravel vac. Also stopped food for a while Nitrates and nitrites from my tap are reading 0ppm and 0.25ppm so hope it will make a difference once its thru a cycle. I hope they can withstand it all
Posted via Mobile Device
battynatty2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fish gasping for air and dying! goldfish98 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 40 01-24-2014 09:03 AM
All fish Gasping for Air davidBed Tropical Fish Diseases 21 04-03-2010 04:36 PM
Help! Fish gasping jeaninel Tropical Fish Diseases 6 10-25-2007 11:20 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:58 PM.