10 Gallon Tank fish rapidly breathing after wc.

werks

Member
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.

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

thanks.
 

Shawnie

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

Meenu

Member
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?


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werks

Member
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.
 

Jaysee

Member
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werks

Member
ahh sorry.
wat would happen if one did forget.
out of curiosity.
I'm not ruling anything out.
I might have forgotten that time. =D

will 25% of untreated water kill the bacteria?
 

Jaysee

Member
I'd just dose it now.
 

Shawnie

Member
I think that the fact that the sand isn't 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% isn't that much
 

upgrade

Member
did you treat your water before adding? Prime is best in my option
 
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werks

Member
sorry, but what's prime?

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

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

thanks for the help so far.
 

Jaysee

Member
Jaysee said:
werks said:
ahh sorry.
wat would happen if one did forget.
out of curiosity.
I'm not ruling anything out.
I might have forgotten that time. =D

will 25% of untreated water kill the bacteria?
upgrade said:
did you treat your water before adding? Prime is best in my option
 

Meenu

Member
werks said:
sorry, but what's prime?

this time threw in some salt.
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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