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#1 mjk412

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 02:12 PM

My rhom was fine last night. No signs of illness. I came home today and he's at the bottom of the tank laying on his side. He looks like he's breathing heavy. All water paramos are good. I just checked. Please help! What can I do???

#2 Sandnukka15

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 02:21 PM

Did u do anything diff in the last week add any meds removed filters.....change water change schedules?

#3 mjk412

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 02:27 PM

Nope. Everything stayed the same. Weekly changes.

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 02:30 PM

I don't know what to do. Should I change the water, put him in a bucket with meds. I don't know. I feel so bad.

#5 marcjr

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 02:49 PM

What do your params look like? Can you post a picture or vid?

 

 

 

Hows the temp?



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Posted 19 August 2015 - 02:52 PM

I can't post a pic. I had to run out at the moment. Temp is 77 it's always been 77. He's laying flat on his side on the bottom of the tank and breathing really heavy. Yesterday he was swimming just fine and acting normal.

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 03:05 PM

What size is your tank and what kind of filtration are you running? Did you double check params?



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Posted 19 August 2015 - 03:18 PM

He's 6in and in a 75g with a Rena xp3 filter. When I get back home I'll double check params and post them

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 04:35 PM

Ammonia 0, nitrate between 0-5. Nitrite 0, ph 6.0 maybe a little lower. Should I attempt a water change? He's breathing slower now still on the bottom on his side.

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 04:46 PM

Any advice? I'm desperate to save this guy.

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 04:49 PM

Sounds like it may be a ph issue.  I would do a 50% water change.

 

Also...your nitrates shouldn't be that low if you only do weekly changes and don't have an ass load of plants.  You may want to take a water sample into a lfs to make sure your test kits are working.


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#12 mjk412

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 04:59 PM

Thanks! I'm almost done doing the 50% water change now. I'm filling the tank back up. He's still on his side. I'm going to toss an airline in the tank for some extra oxygen.
The ph out of my tap is 7.0. All I have in this tank is driftwood and moss. Some spider wood.

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 05:09 PM

With weekly water changes the ph shouldn't drop that fast.  I would bet you have very soft water with little buffering capacity.  Mine is the same...and I had a ph crash with my catfish. 

 

Turn off the lights if you haven't.  In an hour or two do another 50% change.  Just try to keep the temp as close to the same as you can and use dechlorinator. 


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#14 mjk412

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 05:16 PM

What are the chances of survival? I did the 50% water change, lights are off. the powerhead is still on and I added an airline. . I'll wait an hour or two and do another water change like you suggested..

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 05:27 PM

I hope he pulls through. Did anyone here ever have their fish bounce back from something like this?

#16 mjk412

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 06:26 PM

I just checked. No change. I'm going to do another water change like grosse gurke suggested. He's still breathing but he's on his side still.

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 07:38 PM

Just checked on the fish. He's not on his side anymore. He's laying against a piece of driftwood. But still looks really out of it. I didn't attempt the second water change yet.

#18 marcjr

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 08:00 PM

You should just leave him alone for awhile imo, maybe he is just extremely stressed. Something must of happened near his tank or something idk.

 

 

If I were you Id add salt and leave him alone in the dark and dont let him see you around. Im a firm believer in aquarium salt for different purposes. 



#19 mjk412

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 08:12 PM

I don't have any salt. If he pulls through I'll def get some tomorrow.

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 09:31 PM

Sorry to hear. Nothing like watching your fish struggle, helpless.

I would turn off the power head and follow the other tips given.
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