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post #1 of 13 Old 06-04-2014, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question red gill's on my fish?

This evening there i noticed the gill's on one of my fish is red with like 2 wee red dots above each gill,tested my water and all my stats are all as expected they should be,what can it be,just wouldnt like to loose him
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-04-2014, 09:11 PM
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What kind of fish is it? Are it's fins clamped? Could you post a picture?
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-04-2014, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hi

Its an albino sharks no there not clamped,i will post a photo tomorrow once i get in from work,,thats if i can get a pic of him as he likes to hide in the bogwood :D
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post #4 of 13 Old 06-04-2014, 09:28 PM
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okay sounds good. has he been acting differently? could the red spots be sores? or does it seem to be discolored under the scales?
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no it doesnt look like sores,hes just acting the same as usual,and hes eating the same etc
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post #6 of 13 Old 06-04-2014, 09:44 PM
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is your tank cycled? may have been irritated by ammonia, that's what usually causes red gills.
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-04-2014, 11:10 PM
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Red gills, sometimes accompanied by red or black spots, are a sign of Ammonia Poisoning.

Sometimes you can get that with anchor worms if they get really inflamed or infected. Have you seen anything hanging off of your fish?

Test your water, if you have any- ammonia it can cause that. Even the tiniest amount, though getting this bad from tiny amounts is rare...and unlikely, but still possible.



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post #8 of 13 Old 06-05-2014, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hi ,no there has been nothing hanging of him,and also tested my water and all the parameters are all what they should be.
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post #9 of 13 Old 06-05-2014, 07:18 PM
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Hmm, could have been from previous exposure to ammonia. Albino fish also sometimes have red gills, did he come this way or develop it?

Best guess if it's not those two things is some sort of infection, perhaps he's damaged himself some way or irritated his gills and they have become inflamed. Problem is, I wouldn't know what would cause it. I had a fish with one side that way because another fish had slammed into her and attacked, that was the only damage she got. I had used an antibacterial(little salt and some melafix) and she fixed up after a week or so, the inflammation and redness went down faster. Next best guess, but you should probably find out everything before doing any treatment.

What exactly ARE your water parameters? And what test kit do you use? A lot of people think they are where they should be to find out they're actually not. PH swings, or wrong PH can cause itchiness and they can bang themselves on stuff and cause damage.

And how big is the tank?

How many fish and what kind?

If you want better answers, we do need some more info, otherwise it's all guess-work..although sometimes even with all the info there may not be any full answers, but you have a much better chance of it.



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post #10 of 13 Old 06-05-2014, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Ok here is my readings of the tank



API Freshwater master test kit

PH 7.6- high range 7.4-ammonia 0ppm-nitrate (no2) 0ppm-nitrate (no3) 0ppm

juwel lido 200 litres

20-25 fishies :) oh and 2 died on me earlier :( think bleeding heart terrorized them

guppies,platys,clowns,sharks,mollies,silver dollar,kisser fish,small cat fish,albino shark,tetras
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