fish rapidly breathing after wc. 10 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by werks, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. werksNew MemberMember

    hi guys,

    ive got a tank slightly larger than a 10g,
    8 neon tetras, 3 cory cats.
    tank is planted.
    about 4-5 months old, fully cycled with fluval 105 canister.

    i decided to rearrange my plants last night when i did my water change.
    i woke up to find that my fish were breathing quite rapidly.
    immediately did another 25% wc, but came back to find that they still breathing quite fast, just a tad slower than in the morning.

    ammonia/nitrate is 0.
    nitrate is 5.
    ph 7.6.
    water temp 79f.
    substrate is sand.

    im thinking that rearranging the plants has something to do with this, as ive never encountered this problem before.
    im quite worried atm.
    what should i do?


  2. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    welcome to fishlore!!
    Do you stir up the sand often to get out the deadly gas pockets that can form? im thinking maybe when moving the plants around, there could have been one of those pockets released?

  3. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    welcome to FL, werks.
    Is it possible that rearranging the plants released pockets of gas/toxins from the substrate into the water? Or that there was something near the tank that could have contaminated it?

    How often do you do water changes, and does the sand get sifted through at all?

    edit: :;tmnt Shawnie!

  4. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Did you use water conditioner?
  5. werksNew MemberMember

    thanks for the welcome.
    i do a 25% water change every week, of corse using conditioner each time.

    i never really stired up the sand, as my tank is moderately planted.
    a 15 min wc would turn into something like a 1 hr job, as i would have to replant everything.
  6. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Sometimes we forget :)
  7. werksNew MemberMember

    ahh sorry.
    wat would happen if one did forget.
    out of curiosity.
    im not ruling anything out.
    i might have forgotten that time. =D

    will 25% of untreated water kill the bacteria?
  8. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I'd just dose it now.
  9. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    I think that the fact that the sand isnt stirred up, and that you did some re arranging of plants, that maybe a gas pocket got released and effected the fish somehow...although forgetting conditioner could play effect, 25% isnt that much
  10. upgradeValued MemberMember

    did you treat your water before adding? Prime is best in my option
  11. werksNew MemberMember

    sorry, but whats prime?

    did another wc, this time threw in some salt.
    dunno what helped, the salt or the wc,
    but it they are alot better now.

    its 12am in australia.
    hopefully everything is good when i wake up.

    thanks for the help so far.
  12. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

  13. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    Prime is a great water conditioner that detoxifies ammonia and nitrite.

    You shouldn't use salt - it's unnecessary in freshwater tanks, acts as an irritant, and is actually harmful to some fish, like your 3 cories.

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