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post #1 of 65 Old 10-28-2012, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Why are some of my fish breathing so hard?

I have checked my water and it's right on.I do water changes every other day.5 gallon bucket and then a 30% on Sunday.
I'm just very concerned about my fish.I had a Balloon Angel Ram die this morning:(First casualtie in my 36 gallon tank.Since it's been running.
There is plenty of oxygen as i have a planted tank and a air bubbler.
Any advise would be highly appreciated
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post #2 of 65 Old 10-28-2012, 01:29 PM
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We need more information such as:
1. Date you started the tank.
2. How many fish and type?
3. Water test kits? What type?
4. Is there chlorine or chloramines in your source water?
5. What do you use to treat your source water?
6. How did you cycle the tank?
7. Did you test for ammonia and nitrite at the end of the cycle?
8. Overfeeding your fish can interfere with the biofilter.
9. Too many fish can overload the biofilter.

Give us these and it will help us help you.
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post #3 of 65 Old 10-28-2012, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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The date was Sept 1st..It's all cycled now.I have Rams,Harlaquin Rasboras,Tetras,Gouramis,Loaches,.I use the API test kit.I also use Seachem Prime for the water.I feed every am.
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post #4 of 65 Old 10-28-2012, 02:25 PM
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Can't really help without numbers, otherwise it is all guessing.

What you describe are the classic signs of an un-cycled aquarium (Ammonia/Nitrite poisoning).

I always question when people say "the numbers are fine" or similar because that means different things to different people. Any number other than 0 Ammonia and 0 Nitrite is bad, there is no safe number.

A mistake people often make when new to the hobby is after cycling the tank they fully stock with fish which causes another cycle. A newly cycled tank is very fragile and only 1 or 2 fish should be added (or a small school for schooling fish) with 1-2 weeks between new additions.

Temperature, pH, and water hardness can also factor in.
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post #5 of 65 Old 10-28-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Amonia is in between 0-0.25,nitrite is 0 and Nitrate is between 0-5.0..Just tested it again.I would take a pic of the water sample but I don't know how to put it on the thread
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post #6 of 65 Old 10-28-2012, 05:18 PM
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What is the pH reading in the tank? And what is the pH of the tap water (outgas the CO2 by briskly shaking the water in a jar before testing the tap)?

Some of these fish require a good water flow, essential for oxyen, and a lower temperature (thinking of the loaches). Are these perhaps related?

Assuming this is the 36g tank in your log, there is a fish issue. The Dojo Loach attains 9-10 inches and may reach a foot.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #7 of 65 Old 10-28-2012, 05:28 PM
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I concur with Geomancer. A fully cycled tank takes about 4 to 6 weeks. And you added too many fish too soon. Your biofilter does not have enough bacteria to process the ammonia.
Too establish your biofilter, purchase a bottle of Seachems "Stability". This will add the necessary bacteria for the biofilter. Add 15 ml on the first day, then use 9 ml for the next 7 days. Use a baby/toddler syringe to measure the dose.
Continue to add prime after every water change. The dose for the Prime should be 3.5 ml.

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post #8 of 65 Old 10-28-2012, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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The ph in tank is 6.6 and the ph in the tap is 7.6...I do have a good flow in my tank with my power head and the air pump..I will find a good home for Dojo's when they get bigger.I
work at the LFS.I will make sure they find a good home.They are somewhat small now.I have my temp at 77-78..My tank has alot of plants in it that are doing great for oxygen I'm thinking?
Should I do a 5 gallon water change every day to see if that will help?
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post #9 of 65 Old 10-28-2012, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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I concur with Geomancer. A fully cycled tank takes about 4 to 6 weeks. And you added too many fish too soon. Your biofilter does not have enough bacteria to process the ammonia.
Too establish your biofilter, purchase a bottle of Seachems "Stability". This will add the necessary bacteria for the biofilter. Add 15 ml on the first day, then use 9 ml for the next 7 days. Use a baby/toddler syringe to measure the dose.
Continue to add prime after every water change. The dose for the Prime should be 3.5
ml.
Ok thank you..Prime is 3.5 lm each time in a 36 gallon?
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Ok thank you..Prime is 3.5 lm each time in a 36 gallon?
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Yes. Prime is 1 mL/10 gallons. Tank capacity is always lower than the 'rated' so 3.5 is good.
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