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tangy 12-03-2008 09:51 PM

Somethings wrong with this little guy
An albino Labidochromis caeruleus. Its been hiding in the corners at the back of my tank. It looks like its having trouble getting some oxygen into its system because its gasping and its gills are starting to become a shade of pink. He rarely feeds but he still takes small bites out of his food(mealworms,brine shrimp, and some tubifix worms) his poop is normal.

About his home.
55 gallon tank, sand and a colossal amount of round rocks all real nothing fake in there.
Fluval 305 canister filter. Working fine.
UV Sterilizer (24 watts and doing one heck of a job :D )
Nitrates-10ppm (its always within that range, sometimes less)
Tankmates- a trio of its kind, some electric yellows, an ornate Julie and a regular Julie. All has been well, no aggression or anything. At All. 8)

Its been a while since I have had an ill fish so my knowledge on this is beyond rusty. Any ideas/suggestions/advice is more than welcome. :D

rocaquarium 12-04-2008 01:09 AM

Typically when a fishes gills turn pink or red it is from some sort of poisoning. Usually ammonia or nitrite. Since your reading appear to be good and none of the other fish seem affected that may not be the case. An extra water change and running some activated carbon couldn't hurt though.

It is possible that the fish is suffering from gill flukes. Treatment for this is usually quaratining the fish, slowly raising the tank temperature 5 degrees or so, and giving it a good salt bath.

Another common cause of gills turning pink is the fish being anemic. This can be caused by kidney damage or infection by blood flagellates. If this is the case there is no cure.

Regardless of what the cause is, you should probably quarantine the fish (to avoid spreading illness).

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