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I cannot fill out all of the information at the moment because I cannot find the darn testing kit  :doh11: I should be able to update the readings tomorrow, but I am 99% positive it is not water quality since i've checked it recently (I did extra dose prime tonight since I couldn't test)


  • Test Results for the Following:
    • * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 (Seachem ammonia reader on the side of the tank)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tank) Cannot determine
    • * Nitrate level(Tank) Cannot determine
    • * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 (from previous knowledge)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 (from previous knowledge)
    • * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 (from previous knowledge)
    • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Cannot determine
    • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Cannot determine
    • Other Required Info:
      • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
      • * Water temperature? ~68F
      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 75g, running for 2 weeks with filter media from previous tank (no spikes previously, seems to be cycled)
      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 525gph canister 
      • * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 50%-75%
  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 5 days ago, 50%
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, Antares: 4-5", Dot & Jellybean: ~3"
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime 
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Currently Hikari Lionhead, 3-4 times daily
  • * Any new fish added to the tank? no
  • * Any medications added to the tank? no 
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Prazi, 2 weeks for each of them.
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Red veins along tail, likely stress
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Floating upside down


He and the other fish have been gulping at the surface CONSTANTLY in the new tank.
I'm certain it's gas in his intestines that is causing this, but I cannot get him to stop. They would gulp every so often in the older one, but I guess the larger surface area of the 75g makes it more enticing. 

I've seen him "burp" out a few bubbles today. He's lodged himself under the filter intake to stop himself from floating upward, but he seems to be able to right himself and swim normally when he has the mind to do so. 

The other fish seem unaffected by it, but I can't think of anything to do for him... I think I might have to go to feeding peas every other day or something to combat it, but I can't think of any way to stop him from reaching the surface. 

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Change your food.  Some fish get floaty on Hikari food.  Try feeding duckweed to your floaty fish.  Get Repashy Soilent Green as a staple.


Find that test kit!  You may be getting a late spike causing the fish to pipe.

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So water quality wasn't an issue, Nitrites 0, ph normal, nitrates below 20


I was suspecting that aeration would have been a problem in this new tank. In my previous tank i had no airstones because the filter easily made enough surface agitation that they never seemed to need it (and it was just another gunky thing to clean so... I stopped using it).
I figured the current with the new filter would be enough but I'm thinking not, now, since it really is a massive tank. The BF works at PETCO so he's going to pick up two large stone bars and some more tubing so that will be fixed tonight. 


I ordered some Soilent Green since I've been meaning to try it anyway, this seems a good of a time as any  :whistle (I just won't tell Stephen it was $30)

I'd been suspecting it was the hikari lionhead as well after seeing all of the tiny air bubbles that escape it after I drop some in.
I've soaked them for a minute or two but I think that may not be enough either.  :no: So sad too, the little ones' have such good head growth now  :cry Maybe I can get away with it for a few meals a week, spread out instead. 


I'll feed peas for the next few days. Aside from adding the airstones tonight, is there anything else I should do? 

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