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Rapid breathing in geos?

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What could cause this?

Before Ray gets all upset I have asked him and he thinks the tank maybe to hot it sits at about 30 I do have alot of suface spray happening but its not making to much difference.

I do have hydra in the tank and i'm currently treating that with a bit of multi cure after reading the other thread.

There are 8 tapas, lost the smallest one yesterday arvo :cry: , some black neons and 3 smaller pepps. The tapas are the only ones that look unhappy at the moment.

Any help would be good.

Andy

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I would be double checking I used the right dosage of multicure with the sort of fish I have.

I would be adding several air stones and increasing the surface agitation even more as multicure will reduce oxygen levels big time - the lack of oxygen rather than temp is your problem although I suspect the meds plus high temps are the primary causes of the lack of oxygen.

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Meds are half dose and they were breathing heavy before hand anyway.

I put in an extra little internal with a spray bar that is sitting above the water so it's really getting churned up at the moment. I'm trying to get an old canister with a leaking problem fixed and put that in there too for more water movement.

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My Araguaia appear to breath heavily but it's quite normal, mind you it's not an alarming heavy appearance - if your fish are constantly gasping for air you have a problem.

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Can see it in parts of this video, 1:26-1:30ish is perfect.

30-32 is perfectly normal for South Americans, especially species from northern Brazil.

It sounds like you've got agitation covered.

Is the multicure within its use-by date?

pH/gH of water?

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They are breathing a bit heavier than yours ryan and it must be the heat. It has been getting up to 31 in the tank but today I have managed it around 28o and they are still breathing heavy but moving around alot more so fingers crossed.

Can't tell you any parameters as I don't have a test kit atm since my last ran out. All the readings have been good since the tank was set up so it shouldn't have changed to much I wouldn't think.

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Will try that today clear out some of the meds too.

GH seems to be 60ppm, kh 0, ph 7.0 -7.5, nitrite 0, nitrate between 0 and 20ppm

Could only afford some test strips atm so not the most accurate :?

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Sarg

if u want to drop by my place tomozz, let me know first, i have a few spare test kits u can have for nuthin, juss so u can get the tank right :)

let me know dude

have a good night at the roar, i am going to partake in a drinksey or 2 myself

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Hi Sarg -

Temp should be fine. I keep most of my Geos around 30 deg. You are right to check the parameters. Might pay to make the water slightly more acidic - try 6.7 -7.

Aeration/water movement is vital.

I know it sounds crazy but are you watching them after feeding ? I find that some geo species ( and indivduals ) can become lethargic after gorging themselves.

Maybe cut the feed to once a day or skip a day and see how that goes.

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I really don't know what is the matter with them :( . I did a big water change last night and not much has changed really. The other fish in the tank are fin no issues at all.

Ray I might take you up on that and try to pop out at some stage.

Glen I will leave the food till this arvo and see what happens. They have been fine and eating well but just taken a turn over the last week :cry:

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It could well be gill flukes. Different species have different susceptibility to flukes. Bassleer's book on disease gives a good idea of what to expect to find in a wide range of fish.

I wouldn't use any trichlorfon based treatment for the flukes, you can't be sure if they work. Levamisole is probably your best choice.

I also wouldn't use any medicine off the shelf that says it contains formalin (or formaldehyde). Formalin forms a very toxic molecule (paraformaldehyde) with time. I keep fresh formalin, so if you find you need it and can be bothered coming this far, you can have some.

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Thanks for the offer quasi but it might be a bit far as i'd have to drag my young along as well.

Were does one get fresh formalin.... chemist?

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I get my formalin from Deltrex, but the lab checks the batch number to make sure it's not old. It's a stuff around and the smallest size is 20L. I've killed tens of thousands of fish with a bad batch of formalin so I'm paranoid. If you think formalin is necessary, I'll drop it off next time I come to Bris. (prob Tues night). You should research it a bit first though. I'd recommend two treatments @ 50ppm three days apart. Keep an eye on airation as formalin takes oxygen from the water.

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I just re treated the tank with multi cure as I read the the M. Green that it in there is a part cure so I will see how that goes. The article I read says to treat with M.green and formalin to rid them of it. ATM I seem to be losing a fish every 2 days so I've got to try something :cry:

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That sounds like your fish have suffered from Nitrite poisoning.

You should get a full set of tests done on your water and best treatment for Nitrite poisoning is salt added to the water.

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This sounds like a nightmare, have you seen any of the fish die, cut open (autopsy) any dead looking for parasites or abnornalities, Personally I hate multicure, I use salt bath then quarantine in melafix pimafix and prime, with high oxygenation. this technique has given me great sucess and is not using harsh chemicals to treat the fish. I believe that this may help surviving fish by promoting their natural imunesystem thus reducing chances of the disease reoccuoring. I have no idea what might be causing your issue but hope that my suggestion may help, if not this time then maybe in the future.

Regards,

Cichlidae.

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