Fish breathing heavily..?

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Hi Guys,
my oscar seems to be breathing heavily all the time - mouth and gills opening wide.
His appetite is fine, as are the water levels: ph7, ammonia 0, nitrate 0, nitrite 0.
I found it a bit odd that the nitrate is 0, as I did a 20% water change 5 days ago. Also it is not a new tank or filter.

Any ideas about whats going on?

Thanks!
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sharyn replied the topic: Re: Fish breathing heavily..?

What is the tank temp and do you have any airstones?
Any tank mates?
Anything happen recently that could be new or stressful?
What does he eat and when was he last fed?
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: Fish breathing heavily..?

Something is going on. Your nitrate should not be zero. What type of test kit are you using? The liquid reagent test is more accurate than the strips

I have no idea why the water bill is so high
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: Fish breathing heavily..?

Please test Nitrate again....
Testing incorrectly is VERY common...
I have done it myself..
Read directions carefully, and retest..
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daisuke22 replied the topic: Re: Fish breathing heavily..?

Thanks for your advice. The temp is 25degreesC.
I retested! Different results!
Amonia: between 0 and 0.25 (is this dangerous?!)
Nitrite: between 0 and 0.25 (closer to 0)
Nitrate: 30

I'll do a 30% water change now to get rid of some of the nitrate.

He is still breathing a bit weirdly... But otherwise healthy
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JasonR replied the topic: Re: Fish breathing heavily..?

daisuke22 wrote: Thanks for your advice. The temp is 25degreesC.
I retested! Different results!
Amonia: between 0 and 0.25 (is this dangerous?!)
Nitrite: between 0 and 0.25 (closer to 0)
Nitrate: 30

I'll do a 30% water change now to get rid of some of the nitrate.

He is still breathing a bit weirdly... But otherwise healthy


Your results look ok. 30 ppm nitrates isnt bad (like to see 20ppm or less) and ammonia and nitrites are very low but should be zero. What kind of filtration are you running? Do you have an airstone for supplemental oxygen?
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daisuke22 replied the topic: Re: Fish breathing heavily..?

It's a canister filter. His air stone was broken, but I fixed it and he is breathing normally again!
Thanks for the help guys! Daisuke the fish thanks you too!
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