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That’s what the red gills on mine look like! Thank you.ystrout said:Don't be confused by ammonia sickness and the normal coloration of their gills. Fish naturally have red gills. Some fish you can easily see that red, some fish you can't.
If you're seeing red inside their gill plate, that's just their gills' natural red color. If you're seeing a slight red tint through their gill plate, you may just be seeing their gills through their gill plate which is normally slightly transparent.
If their gills are clearly red, inflamed, and look generally unhealthy, that's when you have a problem. Either way, dose your tank with Prime evey 24 hours until your bacteria catches up and you have 0 ppm ammonia.
Look at the pic below, it shows that you can see red on healthy neon tetras. Also google "pearl danios", their gills always appear reddish purple due to their relatively transparent gill plates and white coloration.