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zortan1987 01-13-2013 02:47 AM

guppy problems with the gils
Hi Ihave 6 guppy fry that my sister in law gave me they are maybe 6 or 7 weeks old and they are starting to get there gils very red and im scared that it might be an infection I have two of them in a 2 gal tank and the rest in my comunity tank can any one prease help me

funkman262 01-13-2013 09:47 AM

Have you tested the ammonia? Red gills is a symptom of ammonia poisoning. You can use products like Kordon Amquel+ or Seachem Prime to detoxify the ammonia for 24-48 hours. It would need to be added every day or so until the bacteria can handle the ammonia on their own.

zortan1987 01-13-2013 05:21 PM

Ohh okay I already checked the amonia and it is high thank u for the help do u think if I do water changes will that help

funkman262 01-13-2013 05:54 PM

Maybe, maybe not. Guppy fry don't have much of a bio-load and even in a 2g, I doubt the ammonia would be high just from them (unless you're overfeeding of course). Test the tap water because that may be where the ammonia is coming from, and if so then doing water changes would be pointless. Ideally, the fry would be in a cycled tank so that the bacteria are removing all of the ammonia. Is this happening to the fish in both tanks? Or just the 2g? Is there a reason why some went into the 2g and the rest went into the community tank? If the ammonia is high in the community tank, then please post more details about that tank (size of tank, when it was set up, water quality parameters, types of fish, planted or not, etc.).

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