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llonka 01-28-2010 07:55 PM

guppies gasping for air?
Hello all!!!
I have a ten gallon tank that has four sunset guppies in it. I just finished medicating for ich. So I did a 50% water change and I have been noticing every time i change some the water they go to the surface of the water and it looks like they are gasping for air. I thought changing the water put more oxygen in the tank? I keep my bubble wall going while changing the water, thinking this would help but they still do it. Anybody have any ideas why they are doing this? After about an hour or so they go back to normal guppy business.

Also a little bit confused about my filter system. It's an AquaTech, like this one where is the carbon located?? I noticed that the blue cartage is kinda smelling funny, maybe it's normal?? Also how should I go about changing the filter???

Many thanks!!!!:thankyou:

iamntbatman 01-28-2010 08:56 PM

As for the filter: you don't need to change it until the filter pad is physically falling apart (which can take months or years to happen). You should just leave it be until it's so gunked up that it can no longer function. When that happens, do a water change like normal and swish the filter pad around in the water you took out just to get some of the gunk off. Cleaning it with tap water is a no-no as that will kill the bacteria in it. Replacing it all at once effectively does the same thing.

Have you tested your tap water for ammonia? What sort of water conditioner are you using for the new water you're putting in the tank?

llonka 01-28-2010 10:35 PM

I dont have a test kit :( don't have enough funds right now to buy one.

I've been using aqua safe and I put about eight drops in a one gallon milk jug. is that ok to do???

Angel079 01-28-2010 10:40 PM

The problem is if you have ammonia (totally toxic to fish) in your tap water aqua safe will not remove this (water conditioners like Prime detoxify it thou) and not being able to measure your water you will simply not know and its unfortunately very common in certain parts of the US to have ammonia in the tap water.

llonka 01-29-2010 02:35 PM

hmmm i never thought about that!!! could that be why they do that?? my betta doesn't do that though when i change his water. hmm. so what kind of test kit would you all recommend?

iamntbatman 01-29-2010 05:42 PM

I like the API Freshwater Master Test Kit. It has a good balance between user-friendliness and accuracy. They're much cheaper if you buy them online, by the way.

llonka 01-30-2010 12:06 PM

ok thank you very much!! will try to get one :)

so what do you think about those bulbs you can buy at walmart?? would they be worth it?? also i wondering what i could put in my tank with the guppies. would cory cats or glo fish be ok??? my tank is a ten gallon and i only have four guppies. one boy and three girls :)

iamntbatman 02-01-2010 01:17 AM

What do you mean by bulbs? Those plant bulbs (usually aponogetons), or light bulbs?

llonka 02-02-2010 10:50 AM

oh yeah sorry lol. those live plant bulbs. i looked them up and they grow for awhile then you have to take them out?? sounds like a lot of work to me. but i'd love to live plants in my tank.

hahaha sorry i have questions all over. :)

iamntbatman 02-02-2010 05:23 PM

If you're interested in doing a planted tank, I suggest reading over Byron's stickies in the Aquarium Plants section.

They're at the top of the page:

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