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    Fish gasping when bogwood is in tank

    Im not too sure about whether Ich exists all the time. The most common thing I have experienced with sensitive fish like GBR's, Bolivians and Discus is that fast water movement that transports a toxin within it can cause them to scrape themselves off of surfaces, i.e. incoming water that...
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    Fish gasping when bogwood is in tank

    I know the tannins are harmless. The point I was making was that if tannins have leeched out there are probably more dangerous things that have leeched out which are not visible.
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    My tank is doomed...

    I would suggest getting some spare tanks to deal with the situation in the way i mentioned. When you have plants there is always the possibility that they will be carrying some nasty parasites so I think the best thing to do is have temporary holding tank for the snails. You could actually keep...
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    Fish gasping when bogwood is in tank

    I have done a large 80% water change and i noticed the Bolivian ram has a slower gill rate and its not opening its mouth (as though gasping) and it is looking for food more actively since the water change. Also as I was filling the tank up I noticed that the Ram went onto its side to rub itself...
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    Fish gasping when bogwood is in tank

    I have noticed that some of the smaller fish still have a faster respiratory rate (the smaller Discus and the Bolivian Ram). I am doing another water change now. I have noticed that the water is tinged brown from the removed piece of dogwood so can only presume that there is something else that...
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    Mysterious Tank Issue

    If your KH is at 0-1 your tank will have a very unstable pH and is likely to have a pH crash that will wipe out all of the fish. You should look to add a small amount of calcium carbonate to your aquarium water to boost the KH. I would not recommend doing large water changes unless you know...
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    My tank is doomed...

    Can you source a hospital tank for the fish and treat them in there? You could perhaps get a 3rd tank for the snails too. You could then put a Ich treatment into the main tank like Waterlife Protozin which will not kill the plants.
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    Fish gasping when bogwood is in tank

    It seems like certain woods can be sold at pet stores that directly contribute to fish death based on what you are saying. If you are also saying that reputable fish stores have no way of knowing if a piece of wood is toxic it seems to me very careless and almost spiteful to treat a customer...
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    Fish gasping when bogwood is in tank

    Yes there is an external filtration unit with pump in use. The aquarium has been in use with this for 6 years and there has been no slowing down of the pump so there is the same amount of water surface agitation bringing oxygen in. It is a solid piece of wood and i know it can lower pH so I...
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    Fish gasping when bogwood is in tank

    I bought a large 10kg piece of bogwood recently and placed it into my 300 litre Discus aquarium. Since placing it in there all of the fish have had a faster gill rate and the smaller Discus have been gasping at the surface. I responded by turning the c02 off, doing a 20% water change and turning...
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    Angelfish hole in side

    By complete I mean 100% water changes in a separate aquarium. If you cant use another aquarium you could always keep it in the main tank but as it is a deep wound you would need to prioritise larger daily water changes (around 70%) to keep the wound cleaner. The best option is a separate tank...
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    Angelfish hole in side

    I have never had any issues with Myxazin not being effective against bacterial issues, and an open wound is going to attract a lot of bacterial. So I recommend using specifically Myxazin in conjunction with the NT Labs Paramedic kit. You said the wound is getting worse so it needs to be cleaned...
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    Ammonia in new tank with seeded filter media

    There is a lot of evidence out there that Prime actually converts toxic ammonia into a different compound other than ammonium since temperature and pH are determinants of the ratio of toxic NH3 and non-toxic NH4. The effect of this is a stall since the beneficial filter bacteria will have no...
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    Angelfish hole in side

    Hole in the side disease is a fancy word for an ulcer which I outlined in my original reply. I'm sorry you feel annoyed. I suggest you grab a NT Labs paramedic kit to clean the wound with an ulcer swab and seal the wound. The fish will need a temporary holding tank which is kept clean with...
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    Fishes weird behavior

    Im of the opinion that it is an internal bacterial infection so advised accordingly. It is not going to be possible to know if this is the case 100% without the OP sending the fish to a vet. The OP has indicated 0 readings for ammoni, nitrite and nitrate so it is not a nitrogen cycle issue. My...
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