Heavy Breathing after 25% water change

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JetFixxxer created the topic: Heavy Breathing after 25% water change

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How much do I need to worry? Or am I paranoid with information overload?

This is what I did.
-Performed 25% water change
-Added Tetra AquaSafe Plus to my new water
-Added water to tank (match temperature of tank)
-Waiting 4 hours test water with API Ammonia NH3/HH4 Test Kit - 2ppm and Ph levels with API pH test kit 7.6
-Added recommended dose of Tetra AmmoniaSafe
-Also added Tetra IckGuard I notice white dots on the fins.


G3 ate a little last night but this morning he surfaced like he wanted to but didn't. Swimming around is normal. Stays pretty much mid tank or take cover to his hiding spot.
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JasonR replied the topic: Re: Heavy Breathing after 25% water change

It seems you might have a few things goin on here. Assuming your test results are correct you have ammonia and nitrite issues. What kind of test kit are you using? Is it test strips? You need to be using a dropper bottle style kit such as the API freshwater master test kit as the test strips are notoriously unreliable. We need exact readings for Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate.

In addition it is a bad idea to be adding a bunch of chemical treatments at once. How bout a pic of the suspected ICK?

For now I would get yourself the recommended test kit and some Seachem Prime. The prime is a water conditioner that will also detoxify ammonia and nitrite for a period of time so we can get this figured out. Do a 50% waterchange and treat the entire tank volume with Prime. Then test the water and post the exact results.

What size tank is it and what kind of filtration are you running?
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JetFixxxer replied the topic: Re: Heavy Breathing after 25% water change

I'm using the API Drops pH and Ammonia individual kits (not the strips). Also right now it's a 10 gallon tank. I do have a 55 gallon and it's a Christmas present that I'm not suppose to know about. I'm just trying to get it along far enough to get the 55 gallon setup and cycled.

As far as ick I will try to take a picture but it's small on it's fin.

The filter system I'm using is a 10-20 gallon power filter.
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JetFixxxer replied the topic: Re: Heavy Breathing after 25% water change

The only thing I don't have in this tank is air pump.

Here's the Conditioner I used and the Ammonia Safe stuff





Pics of pH test and Ammonia Test results

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bassetman replied the topic: Re: Heavy Breathing after 25% water change

you need to do about 50% change every day, even more if the ammonia and nitrites keep elevated. It is 6 days till you can move him, it may be quite a challenge to keep him healthy in that tank that long. get the "Prime" use it.


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JetFixxxer replied the topic: Re: Heavy Breathing after 25% water change

Do a 50% water change and check the water 4-6 hours after change?
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bassetman replied the topic: Re: Heavy Breathing after 25% water change

Yes start with that. Post the readings when you get them.


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jacki.r3 replied the topic: Re: Heavy Breathing after 25% water change

The prime will neutralize the ammonia turning it to ammonium. That is less toxic. But will still show up on your ammonia test, so if it doesn't go down a whole lot I wouldn't worry. Keep doing w/c's and the Prime is good for 48 hours. Your ammoia levels will go down with w/c and prime will help woth ammonia. But Jason is right, in that small a tank your really going to have to be vigilant with daily waterchanges. Sure Santa can't some a little early so your little ones don't suffer. The sooner you can get them moved the better. Don't forget you will have to cycle the new tankn. Use filter pad from power filter from old filter and use some of the old gravel, with out washing or drying it first. Decorations and plants from old tank carry BB too. Just don't let them dry out.
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JetFixxxer replied the topic: Re: Heavy Breathing after 25% water change

The Heavy breathing stopped once the water was down at 50%. I also tested the water after I put the prime in there. The ammonia test came back as 0 ppm. The pH came back as 7.6.

I let the water sit until it reached the temperature of the tank before I added it. Right now the heavy breathing is no longer. Like I mentioned before this tank doesn't have an air pump. Not sure if I should get one or not. The larger tank will get one.
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JasonR replied the topic: Re: Heavy Breathing after 25% water change

If your gonna have an airpump for the larger tank then you might as well get it now and put on the small tank for now. In the meantime I would continue to do 50% w.c.'s everyother day until you get the new tank. Make your also when you get the new tank setup you put the filter straight from the 10gal on to the 55gal without cleaning anything. This contains beneficial bacteria and you will need it to kick start the cycle of any new filters on the 55gal.
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