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post #1 of 11 Old 05-31-2011, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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my first convict!

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So i recently went out and got myself a convict. I believe its a he because i dont believe the stomach is orange and the tips of his fin are sharp and pointy. I have 5 corys, 2 peppered and 3 albino. All in a 20 gallon long.

I have a question. I have had him for a day now and noticed he has eaten but most of the time he swims on the top of the water with his mouth to the surface and just swims around like that. He doesnt sit on the bottom. He will do this for like 5-10min and swim normaly and rerurn to the top.

This cant be normal can it?

I appreciate any feedback.
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-31-2011, 02:06 AM
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sounds like he is trying to get oxygen do you have an airpump running? he also could be sick you don't see anything sticking out of his gills do you?
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-31-2011, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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No i dont have an air pump just filter and htr. Going to get a power head soon and bigger filter. Npthing stickin out..
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You need to get an airpump your water doesn't have enough oxygen in it
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-31-2011, 07:04 AM
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Any thoughts about live planting the tank? You could supply oxygen that way but for short term fix, try the air pump.

Good luck. I hope he's ok.

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post #6 of 11 Old 05-31-2011, 08:38 AM
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You did not mentiion what type of filter... I'm assuming a HOB, hang on back? What ever type, the "out put" needs to break the surface of the water. Usually they do but check just in case. If it is a cannister filter make sure the output is above the water, or attach a wand with holes to deflect the out put over the surface.
This is a must!
Also check your numbers... Amonnia, Nitrite and Nitrate. Could you post them here? thanks.
When all else fails do a water change.

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-31-2011, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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I have a hob filter 6 live plants 3 driftwood
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-31-2011, 08:57 PM
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that convict will tear up those plants
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-01-2011, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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i need to invest in a real test kit, i only have the test strips, and those read out great.

i have a aquaclear 30 gallon filter

since i have replaced my filter and did a water change i have noticed a HUGE improvement in the convicts health, activity, and definately has not gone to the top.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-01-2011, 02:07 AM
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What did the test strips say? I would have guessed one of the numbers was off... too high.... NitrItes? would be my guess...
How old is this tank? Did you cycle it? I know it is different for a heavily planted tank but I don't how 6 plants will affect it. Maybe not so severe a cycle but there would style be a cycle which is 6-8 weeks.

Glad to hear he seems better!!

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