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Fish dying 1 x1 no sign of illness
Old 06-04-2010, 05:11 PM   #11
 
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What does the gasping or quick breathing signify? My male Guppy just started doing that. I have him in a breeder box in front of the filter now so he gets plenty of O2, but he seems intent on dwindling.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:09 PM   #12
 
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What does the gasping or quick breathing signify? My male Guppy just started doing that. I have him in a breeder box in front of the filter now so he gets plenty of O2, but he seems intent on dwindling.

Have you check you ammonia levels?
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:18 PM   #13
 
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Have you check you ammonia levels?
Ammo 0/ GH 120/ KH 40/ NO2 0/ NO3 <20/ temp up high is 82, down low is 78/ I'm running a Biowheel 350 and another biowheel for a 20 gallon tank (enough filtration for 90 gallons on my 55 gallon) with only 14 small fish and a handful of fry.

And for the life of me I can't find a fresh pea ANYWHERE!!! Two stores and nothing. I hit up a friend and they only had canned. Can I use a canned pea? How about a green bean? I have lots of those.... Okay I'm giddy with exhaustion. I will take this matter back up in the morning.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:40 PM   #14
 
Responding to an old post as I am looking for answers. I am having the same problem with my 60 gal tank. It is 6 mo old and I had three otos, three SAEs, 4 platys, 2 swords, 5 glo-light tetras and 5 neons. One by one my fish started dying and now I've lost one otto, one SAE, one glow-light, three platys and both swords. No symptoms...they just hide (sometimes) and die or just die. I wasn't sure the otto was dead because it was laying upright on the bottom of the tank and I had to touch it with the net to be sure. My levels are great (0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrate, 5 nitrate, 7.5 pH (which is normal for my tank), Temp 78. I suspect low O2 but they were/are not gasping for air, just fine one moment and dead the next. I lost the fiirst few a few days apart and then had a massive die-off the last couple of days. I lowered the level of the tank to increase surface agitation and added an airstone. Fingers crossed... If anyone has been successful combatting this problem please help.
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:53 AM   #15
 
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I'm not sure how you'd check for this, but it is possible there is some bacteria problem in the tank you can't see, causing this? Do you have some decoration that is either leaking toxins? I feel for you - very frustrating.

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Old 05-21-2011, 08:11 AM   #16
 
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I just thought of something else. Are you placing you hands in the tank with some type of lotion, anti-bacterial cream on them?

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Old 05-21-2011, 03:58 PM   #17
 
that might cause some sort of large problem
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:13 PM   #18
 
I don't use any lotion on my hands and wash/rinse thoroughly whenever I put them in the tank. There has been a pause in the mortality since I lowered the water level and put the airstone in but now my one remaining platy has red gills (more red than normal I think) with a silvery spot on the gill covers - both sides. He is acting fairly normal other than hiding a bit which may have more to do with losing his entire "family" than with feeling sick. I have been searching furiously to try to figure out what this is and but have come up with nothing.
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:32 PM   #19
 
do you rinse with soap?
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:50 PM   #20
 
I wash with soap and then rinse thoroughly. That's how I've always done it...I don't think that's it. If it was I would think that all the fish would have trouble all at once but mine died days apart at first and then hours apart later. No deaths now in 24 hours. I think it was O2 deprivation. My lingering concern is the Platy with the red gills. The silvery area seems to be gone now (but it could be that I can't see it as well now with the sun setting).
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