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Littlefishy
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HELP ME ASAP!
« on: August 22, 2010, 05:04:23 AM »

Im worried about my new fishies!  Embarrassed
THey arent eating, and Pearl is always swimming to the top as if she is trying to get air. My other fish Tiki seems to be doing fine, but he is paler than Pearl and has black markings on his tail (Pearl has silery white markings.). I would be so sad if they died!  Cry                              Please help me! Sad

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goldfishluver12
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Re: HELP ME ASAP!
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2010, 12:24:07 PM »

I have no clue what it could possibly be. Im new here and i just got my fish too. Just watch them closely. If your really worried about them i would suggest going to talk to someone at a pet store or someone in the Walmart pet department and ask for more info on what your fish might have.

Post back when you find out whats wrong. Im concerned for you!
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Hanna
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Re: HELP ME ASAP!
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2010, 04:11:53 PM »

Did you test the water before adding your fish?
You MUST test it for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and pH. Do you know about the Nitrogen Cycle?

Your fish seems to gasp for air because thereis not enough oxygen provided.
The black markings seem to be Ammonia Burns.

Test the water, do a partial water change accordingly, perhaps 50%. But you MUST add waterconditioner and beneficial bacteria.
Feed less until your tank is completely cycled.
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Littlefishy
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Re: HELP ME ASAP!
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2010, 11:48:35 PM »

Thanks! What is cycled mean? And the black bits are just markings. I had him with them so they probbably are.
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Hanna
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Re: HELP ME ASAP!
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2010, 02:25:36 AM »

Ok,  Wink, I explain what the Nitrogen Cycle is.

Fish eat and they produce waste ( poo, etc ) plants have leaves which fall off and decompose.
Fish waste and decomposed plant matter causes Ammonia to show up. This is very toxic to fish. It is as we would swim in our own sewerage.
To get Ammonia down we need bacteria which brake it down into Nitrite. This is still toxic to our fish. So we need bacteria to brake this one down into Nitrate. Nitrate is good for the plants to grow and in lower concentration it is harmless to fish.

To know how much Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate you have in your water you need your test kit. When the readings for Ammonia and Nitrite are 0 and Nitrate shows your tank is cycled. Nitrate shoudn't be above the 35-40 mark. If it is a 50% waterchange is necessary.
Waterchanges are also necessary as long as Ammonia and Nitrites are showing and in this case daily.

As you surely noticed, it is a good thing to have live plants in your tank. They use those Nitrates, also they need Carbondioxide the fishes produce for their photosynthesis and release oxygen back into the water for our fishies to breathe.

Hope this helps Wink

Please keep asking if there is sth you don't know, we are glad to help  Wink

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