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    Fish breathing fast - angel fish has lost colour

    Please forgive my inexperience - how should I check for the contaminant? I have test kits (API) for the usual suspects - Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, Ammonia - plus some test strips that will show Cl2, KH and GH. These tests have all come back ok this morning, but for example you mentioned Chloramine...
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    Fish breathing fast - angel fish has lost colour

    Understood - I only have tap water as my source of water and can't get out today owing to work committments - is there anything I can do (other than perhaps change more water)? Temperature is reporting at 24.9C. Would contaminated tap water be a likely cause of the issue, given that was used...
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    Fish breathing fast - angel fish has lost colour

    Thanks both for your replies. So a quick update and some answers to questions. I changed about 20% of the water last night - that's about normal for me. In the hour or so since I posted, the fish have stopped gasping and the colour has returned to my angel fish. So my immediate thinking is...
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    Fish breathing fast - angel fish has lost colour

    Dear all Need your help urgently this morning. I came down to my 185l Fluval tank to find all the fish breathing incredibly fast (mouths opening and closing fast, constantly), and my angel fish near the top of the tank and he has lost almost all of his colour - he was mostly black, and this...
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    Nitrates in tap water - tropical tank

    Thanks to both - I'll certainly investigate the water quality angle - will do some more testing to make sure it's a consistent issue. In the meantime I've ordered a water filter from an aquarium supplier that claims to remote nitrates - reviews look pretty favourable so I'll see how that goes!
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    Nitrates in tap water - tropical tank

    Hello all I've kept tropical fish for a few years now, and it has been a fairly casual hobby but recently I've decided that it was high time I learnt more about it and so I will be the first to admit I don't know as much as I should. Please be gentle... I have a Fluval 180l tank which came...
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    Python Gravel Cleaner - care and maintenance (black mould in hose)

    Hi all, I recently purchased (admittedly second hand from ebay) a Python Gravel Cleaner. I'm still getting the hang of it, but it seems to work really well and I'm loving it. On thing troubles me - it looks like it stood around for a while, presumably damp, before the ebay seller sold it, and...
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    New planted tank - what fertilisers/foods are shrimp safe?

    Thanks everyone for your replies - I love this forum - I've not had the opportunity to participate much, but when I do everyone is so helpful and friendly, so thank you! Really appreciate all the advice - I had planned not to "rush" the setup of this tank and given the possibility of leeching...
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    New planted tank - what fertilisers/foods are shrimp safe?

    Hi all, I am setting up a new 180l tank and am going for my first ever planted aquarium. I have laid out Prodibio AquaGrowth Soil on the base of the tank, and then a layer of Prodibio AquaShrimp Powder Soil which was recommended. I have purchased a selection of plants from my local aquarium...
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    Gravel substrate? Required and if so how much?

    Just wanted to thank you both for your input - very helpful and I have cleaned out my old tank and put a fresh new gravel substrate in - all seems to be well so far.
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    Gravel substrate? Required and if so how much?

    Hi all, Although I've been keeping tropical fish for a number of years (with varying degrees of success!), I have a question that I've never asked for help with and I realise that I don't really understand this topic so would appreciate any advice, answers, opinions and such. I have a 45l tank...
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    Water changes - what is "normal"?

    Thank you everyone for your really informative and helpful comments - I'm really glad to have joined this forum! In answer to a few of the questions I've been asked (I'll try and address all of them but if I've missed anything forgive me): Nitrate level at the end of 1 week after 50% water...
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    Water changes - what is "normal"?

    Do you know, I never thought to check that - I just automatically assumed the starting level would be low. Now that you've said, I'll test and report back. I should have thought of that!
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    Water changes - what is "normal"?

    I think it's fair to say their life expectancy is nothing like it should be, even though they do live on. I'm using a liquid test kit from API, which I believe to be ok but open to comments on that :)
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    Water changes - what is "normal"?

    Hi there, I've been keeping tropical fish for the best part of 5 years now with a variety of results, mostly successful but some really sad/bad times too. I'm considering a change of setup for various reasons and I wanted to get some advice from the community before I do anything. For most of...
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