29 Gallon Tank Help!! Convict gasping for air with very good water!!

Meeki

I have a 29 gallon tank with 0 nitrites, 5 nitrates 0 ammonia. Filter is a 50 gallon capacity hob. I have a single baby convict cichlid in it with some plants and activated carbon. I have been advised to put 15 ml aquarium salt in my tank for 3 days, but after the second day, my fish is gasping for air! He js getting paler and the area around (but not inside) his gills ks getting even more pale. Help!
 

Lucy

Might be a good idea to do a water change if this behavior s new after adding salt.

Curious why salt was added?
 

Meeki

Might be a good idea to do a water change if this behavior s new after adding salt.

Curious why salt was added?
My cichlid was getting really white around her gills so i was scared it would be an infection of some sort. There was no fuzz or anything inside of her gills or anywhere on her body, so i gave her a little bit of salt as a preventive mesure.
 

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