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My Fish Is Losing Scales!


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Ammonia Level: 0.25

Nitrite Level:0 (grrr....)

Nitrate level:0

Ph Level:8.0

Ph Level out of the Tap:7.0

Tank size:10 gallons

How long has it been running: Around 8 days (don't like cycling... :( )

What kind of Filtration:Whisper

How often do you change the water and how much:40% everyday

What kind of Water additives or conditioners:Wardley's Chlor Out

Any Medications add to the tank:Nope

How many fish in the tank and there size: 2 commons, about one inch each

Add any new fish to the tank:No

What do you feed your fish:Wardley's`Flakes

Any unusual findings on the fish: Loosing scales

Such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins, fungus:No

Any unusual behavior: Energetic as always

If you can what is the chloramines Level from the Tap: No idea


One of my commons is losing scales! I can see at least 7 empty places on his body where scales used to be. I don't know if it's my Ph or something? My Ammonia seems okay, but the Ph has been a lil higher than it should be. Members said this would be fine for the fish, but I don't know.... :(

Scales grow back, right?

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Scales will grow back, but in good water conditions. Right now your ammonia is low enough to still cycle, but it may cause a problem it can cause stress on the fish even at this stage.

Next you are overstocked, Commons need 20 gals each, so having 2 in 10 gals is very overstocked. This could be a problem that you may not be able to totally fix unless you get a bigger tank or at least get rid of one fish.

Your 8.0 PH is a little high, but I wouldn't mess with it. GF can be fine in this ph as long as it stays still and doesn't fluctuate.

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