Originally Posted by PrettyKitty187
He was fine literally a couple of hours ago...going about his crotchety algae eater business...is a chinese algae eater i believe or oto(?) but a couple of hours ago he was chasing the other guys away like he normally does and hovering in his little crypt being himself and I get out of the shower and he's in a completely different part of the tank laying on his back...got the net to fish him out and put him in a tupperware or something to keep a better eye on him and he jerked away and started swimming/flopping sideways...did a water change...got normal readings for everything and sort of propped him up against the driftwood and hes breathing a little better but he wont move...wont swim...lays on his back or side...but nothing wrong with the others in there (cherry barbs and black kuhli loach)...so...advise? Is he done for?
update: he's still propped up and now breathing very very heavily and the inside of his gills are going from pink to white...almost like he is suffocating...but I can't see how he'd be suffocating...the tank is heavily planted and no problem with filter so I know it's pretty oxygenated...
What are normal readings? for your tank with regards to ammonia,nitrites,and nitrates?. Water tests will always yield better results AFTER a water change.
It is results BEFORE water changes that will tell you if something is wrong within the tank.
How long has the tank been running with fsh?What size tank? How many fish total?
How often do you perform water changes and how much water do you change?
What chemicals if any, are being used in the tank? what foods are offered? how many times a day are fish fed?
Answers to these questions can help those who might be able to help you.