Red Gills On Neon Tetras?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by XenoMarc, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. XenoMarc

    XenoMarc Valued Member Member

    Hello.
    I am currently cycling a 240 litre tank with neon tetras (which I explained in my other thread) and I was looking at my neon tetras and some of them have red gills.
    Is it normal for them to have a little bit of red on their gills or is it ammonia poisoning?
    I am quite worried so please answer.
    Thank you.
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
  2. Redshark1

    Redshark1 Well Known Member Member

    Gills are red because they are full of blood which absorbs the oxygen from the water and transports it around the body to where it is needed. However, the gills are mostly masked by the gill covers which are silver. These open and close as the fish breathes in order to pump water over the gills. When they open the gills can be glimpsed.
     
  3. Arades

    Arades Valued Member Member

    What is your water perameters?
     
  4. OP
    OP
    XenoMarc

    XenoMarc Valued Member Member

    I don't know since I don't have any test kits, as the LFS said just to bring it there.
     
  5. Arades

    Arades Valued Member Member

    Bring it to them, to make sure your ammonia isnt too high!
     




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