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hey guys, just wanting to see if i can get some help here

ive got a breeding pair of geophagus proximus' and the male has been a bit weird last few days, normally they are both swimming around or staying hidden, but the male is currently out in the open on the bottom of the tank and just today he has dug out a small area where he is, he looks normal and healthy by appearance. also when he swims he seems to struggle to get up higher for food.

what could be the cause?

(and yes i know the tank is a bit green atm, just did a big clean on my filter and algae has come up)

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How long have you had them?

Also where did you get them from. << just my out of my own interest lol.

But yeah water parameters are needed. You didnt clean your filters with tap water did you?

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ive had them for about a year now roughly and never had a problem, been really strong fish, and i got them off a guy privately from NSW. and yes i did use tap water :S, but i always have used tap water

what do u mean by have i wormed my fish lately?

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if you use tap water to clean your filter media, it pretty much kills everything good in there. Which then starts your cycle all over again.

How many filters do you have on your tank?

In future clean your filters with tank water.

Also do you have a master test kit. Test the water and that will tell you what your water is doing

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if you use tap water to clean your filter media, it pretty much kills everything good in there. Which then starts your cycle all over again.

How many filters do you have on your tank?

In future clean your filters with tank water.

Also do you have a master test kit. Test the water and that will tell you what your water is doing

oh ok well i wont do that anymore than thnx for that.

i have one filter underneath the tank which is a 3 stage filter, and then an air filter inside which helps aswell.

and no i dont have a master test kit.

but what confuses me is how every other fish is perfectly fine :/

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sounds like nitrite poisoning

and yea it effects fish at different doses

I'd be doing a water change and getting some aquarium salt in there

nitrite is not easy to get out of a fishes bloodstream tho

:(

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ive been researching nitrite poisoning and im pretty certain it isnt that.

he isnt gasping for air, and he still swims up for food when i feed him

and his gills arent darker or anything like that.

so what else could it be?

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