my clown fish is gasping for air at the top of the tank and it looks like its losing its colour is there anything wrong and is there anything i can do to cure the problem?
Gasping for air at the water surface is often the sign of burned gills. Fish respiration and digestion, over feeding and decaying organic matter all produce ammonia that burns a fish's gills. The same kind of stress can make fish lose their colors and appetites.
To start solving the problem, remove and replace about 30 percent of the water today, then 20 percent several days in a row. Also feed no more than the fish eat in a couple of minutes. As you syphon out water, use the pickup end of the syphon tube to remove any debris from the surface of the substrate. Treat the refill water with a good tap water conditioner, and try to get the temperature close to that of the aquarium water.
The partial water changes will dilute the ammonia and other toxins and thus help the fish recover. In a well balanced aquarium, a working nitrogen cycle plus weekly partial water changes provide a healthy environment for the fish.
If you're not familiar with the nitrogen cycle, it's basically three types of beneficial bacteria that digest and convert toxins into harmless substances. A working nitrogen cycle is vital to fish health. Without it, the fish's immune systems will be weakened, making them vulnerable to diseases and parasites. If you want to read more about the nitrogen cycle, please click the following link:
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Gasping is due to high nitrate level in water or improper oxygenation which may be due to overstocking. Losing color may be due to stress or poor water quality
Do you have test kits ?
have you cycled the tank ?
What's the size of the tank and how many fishes are there?
The Tank is 300litres, ive cycled the tank, ive got test kits that show nitrites are zero, ive only got three fish two clowns one yellow tang and a red fire shrimp. Ive got one mushroom, and a hawaiian featherd worm, ive just gave the tank a ten percent water change which has caused the clown to gasp and lose its colour. so it is puzzeling me what could be wrong. the tank is about 6 months old. any suggestions?
Thanks for your reply, Ive just changed ten percent of the water and show no nitrites, ive only got three fish as tank is only six months old, the symptoms have just came after the water change. the water shows to be the right Ph and salt content is 1025. I was told to take out the carbon bags out my filter but havent done that yet as i dont know what to replace it with. Any suggestions?
What is the water source of your tank? Did you test for nitrates or ammonia in the source water ? Did you use any water conditioner ?
The water is from Aquatic rooms in Edinburgh They told me that it was ok as the make it up themselfs, ive been told to take the carbon bags out my filter but not done that yet as i dont know what to replace it with. Ive not used any water conditioners.
Test the water source once
im getting more on tuesday as shop is closed on monday will check it out. thanks for help.
I'm not really expert enough to help diagnose, but I did a few searches anyway, and while i hope the following is NOT the case, the symptoms listed were found during my search anyway :- (so don't panic at my replies, i like to be wrong)
Could this be Brooklynella disease? It seems to be reported in clownfish does it not?
I would welcome other forum members to add more input, as I don't have marine fish, but after some searches of the symptoms you described, this is something other than water quality that is worth investigating anyway.
That link does say there is another disease which is very similar called 'Oodinium' http://saltaquarium.about.com/od/ichparasiticdiseases/ a/aaich_oodinium.htm which I really hope is not the case, in fact I hope its neither of the above and is something more easier to deal with.
The wee fish died the day.
sorry for the loss of your fish. sad times.
Sorry to hear it
I'm having the same issue but its only with a couple of my fish. 1-2 out of the 20 or so in my 55 gallon tank. I do a 1/2 water change every 3 weeks and treat the water as well. All the other fish are fine. I have a great filter and a huge bubbler. Whenever i bring my water in for testing, they say everything is good......
The large partial water changes tend to produce sudden changes in water parameters, and that stresses the fish. A safer alternative is 25 percent every week or two depending on the biological load.
Gasping for air at the water surface is a sign of stress or illness, which could be the result of water quality issues or the sudden changes in water parameters. When the pet shop tests the water, try to get actual numbers and not just OK. Ammonia and nitrite should be zero, and nitrite should be below 40 ppm.
How's your filteration, are they getting enough air? How about an air stone or air curtain. Sounds like they're not getting sufficient airflow.