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cullens089 08-06-2007 03:24 PM

noob question
 
ok well this might sound stupid but is it possible to have to much air filtrating in your tank?

ok because in my 90 gallon tank i have 2 Marineland Penguin 350 Power Filters and a whisper 100 air bubbler thing and my bichir acts as if hes like getting to much air or hes just outta breath lol

fish_4_all 08-06-2007 03:32 PM

2 Penguin 350 filters in a 90 gallon should be more than enough and the airation should be fine. I would be more concerned with possible ammonia, nitrites and too much nitrates. If all of these are fine then I would worry about the temperature being too high and limiting oxygenation. If it isn't any of them then I would be looking for some sort of red gills and/or a parasite on the gills that is hurting the Bichir.

cullens089 08-06-2007 04:31 PM

cause hes always flappin his gills like hes breathing hard or something

Lupin 08-06-2007 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by cullens089
cause hes always flappin his gills like hes breathing hard or something

What are your water parameters? Water level should be 2-3 inches from the tank's rim as bichirs do gulp air from the surface from time to time allowing them to survive even in oxygen-deficient areas. Gasping very hard though is a different story and I would be concern about it.

cullens089 08-06-2007 06:46 PM

the water is a lil low so its sittin about 2 inchs below the black frame on the top of the tank, so he can gulp air.

Falina 08-06-2007 06:55 PM

It sounds to me like a problem with your water parameters. If you could post them it would be a help. When you test you want 0 amonia, 0 nitrite and nitrate should be lowish, under 40 would be just perfect. If they are not as I just mentioned, do a PWC immediately and monitor closely until they are as they should be. a PWC daily will sort the problem out until they are correct.

cullens089 08-06-2007 07:36 PM

ok tested and everything is 0 i think it could be because hes a little stressed as he was just moved into the tank a day ago

Falina 08-06-2007 07:53 PM

It's odd that everything is at 0. Is the tank fully cycled? Sounds to me that it hasn't cycled yet.

cullens089 08-06-2007 08:00 PM

yea im pretty sure it is

fish_4_all 08-06-2007 08:43 PM

ok, next questions. How long has the tank been set up? Also, is there any of sign of stress like color fading or eyes looking glassy, anything out of the ordinary?


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