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Old 29-11-2017, 12:41 PM   #1
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Hi, i have this big red which is about 33 - 34 inches in size, he is currently in a comm of snow gars, he eats full body kunning ( never cut with bone etc ) and is still eating well and greedily. On Saturday i noticed him breathing harder than usual by opening and closing mouth, today i have noticed the soft gill curling on one side, along with swimming very slightly slanted and will go back straight after awhile. as well as going near the water surface occationally looking hungry which he does do quite often but in this case his top body would slightly go above the water surface before he would swim back down and do his usual stuff. is it possible he might have some air stuck? i am starting to do 25% water changes every 2 days as well as clean the filter to help improve the water. PH and ammonia is fine at around 7.2 and 0 respectively but i do suspect a super high nitrate level as i do not change water often for this tank as the bioload is considerably low, however i do top up about 3L of water everyday for the filter compartment


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Old 29-11-2017, 04:16 PM   #2
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Have you done a water perimeter test yet?
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Old 29-11-2017, 05:02 PM   #3
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Have you done a water perimeter test yet?
Yes. Only for PH & Ammonia.
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Had a similar situation. Did alot of constant wc and scrubbing. Went away. But would be safer to isolate the fish until there's improvements.
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i have seen some people suggestion adding more water pump/power head to create more flow or currents for the aro to swim against
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Thank you, i am doing 30% water change every other day now.
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just an update, the soft gill has significant improvement and is around 80% back to normal. Thank you everyone. i guess since the issue was caught in the early stages, it was easier to rectify and treat
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good thing you caught it early bro
maybe you can add 2 powerheads on both ends of the tank,
was able to correct gill curl without operation before by doing that plus heater salt and water changes.
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just an update, the soft gill has significant improvement and is around 80% back to normal. Thank you everyone. i guess since the issue was caught in the early stages, it was easier to rectify and treat
well done bro.

Keep up with the good water parameters in its tank.
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good thing you caught it early bro
maybe you can add 2 powerheads on both ends of the tank,
was able to correct gill curl without operation before by doing that plus heater salt and water changes.
Thanks bro, i had one case in the past where even the hard gill start to curl and that is when i knew, had to quickly operate, i performed the operation my-self at home, it was successful however i feel that i should not have done anything but work on the water parameters after seeing the good results now (; i did not add any salt, or heater but just change water every 2 days, as well as give my filter a clean and dose new BB, water parameters were good, i only suspect high nitrate

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well done bro.

Keep up with the good water parameters in its tank.
Thanks bro
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