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FishN00b 05-10-2007 11:42 PM

Fish at top of water
My 4 white spotted tetras are sitting around the surface of the water. They're not gasping at the surface for air but is this a sign of poor chemistry?

I checked for nitrites the day before yesterday and there were low quantities.

Any advice is appreciated

Enzo 05-11-2007 12:27 AM

maybe they hungry or maybe they just feel like it

Amphitrite 05-11-2007 03:16 AM

A nitrite reading in your tank indicates that something is wrong. Have you recently added more fish, had any deaths or is the tank new?

What size is your tank, what else do you have in it, and how long has it been up and running?

I would suggest an immediate water change to bring down the nitrite reading, and can you also give readings for ammonia and nitrate?

Falina 05-11-2007 04:27 AM

I would recommend you get readings for amonia and nitrate as well.

Do a partial water change like Kate suggested to help dilute the nitrites and see if that helps at all. Do this every day or 2if your readings stay,until they are 0 (except nirtate which can be below 40ppm).

Kate, I love your signature. An excellent song, and so apt for the forum! :)

Lupin 05-11-2007 08:51 PM

What are these white-spotted tetras? I have not heard of them. Any pictures?

FishN00b 05-12-2007 08:21 AM

It may not be their proper name but thats what the sign said in the LFS.

they're a small tetra, silver in colour. white spot with a black outline just before the tail fin.

KishFeeper 05-14-2007 04:12 PM

They are red eye tetras, Mine are doing that but mine are sick.

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