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Does My Violet Goby Look Like He's Doing Okay?

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  1. MadameFizzgig

    MadameFizzgig Mostly New Member

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    Hi guys,
     
    My violet goby was displaying some signs of ammonia poisoning, but I've been working pretty hard to combat that. I think he's doing much better now, and hasn't been going to the surface anymore. He's also eating regularly. I recently took this video of him, does he look like he's doing alright to you?
     
    Also, it says this in the video as well, I will soon be transferring him to a larger tank with sand substrate rather than gravel.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c8NuFVSUQ4&spfreload=10
     
    I also noticed that are are some little smudges in the video, those are on the outside of the tank, not the inside.
     
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    As soon as you can get him into sand substrate the better. I think he swallowed some gravel in your video.
     
    He certainly seems to have an appetite though!
     
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    I will be switching him soon, I know it's better for him to have sand. I was watching him while taking this video, and he's pretty good about knowing the different between food and gravel. I didn't see him swallow any, I think my camera quality is just kind of bad so it's harder to see the difference between food/pebbles, lol. When I put the gravel in I did try to make sure that there were only larger pieces going in, just in case. Violet gobies have very small throats as well, so when he does occasionally bite a rock, he just spits it out. 
     
    And I know! He's quite the eater, it's fun to watch. I think his coloring and such looks good too, so I think he's recovering. [​IMG]
     
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    What made you think he was suffering from ammonia poisoning? Did you test the water? Just going to the surface isn't a symptom of ammonia poisoning, per se, gasping at the surface is, but it is also a symptom of nitrite poisoning, and a few other things as well.
     
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    He was gasping at the surface. I was advised to get some beneficial bacteria, and change the water 25%-50% daily. I've been doing that, and he's been doing a lot better.
     
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    Alright, I'm now actually able to give more stats because I bought the tests.
     
    Keep in mind this is after many water changes, so ammonia definitely was higher.
     
    Ammonia = .25
    Nitrate= about 10
    Nitrite= about .5 (but he's brackish, so I think the salt helps him from being affected by this?)
    Alkalinity= not sure
    pH= abou 7.8
     
    I just went out and got some Prime and added it to his tank, so I'll test again once it has a bit of time to set in. I also got something to help regulate the pH, since it's a bit high.
     
    I know 5 gallons is small, it's temporary. I'll be getting a larger tank soon.
     
    He has been in the tank for a little over 2 weeks, and he's the only fish in the tank.
     
    (cross posting this from my newest thread)
     
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    Yeah, not good to do that.

    It gets really confusing with who said what, when and why.

    Just as a precaution, I'm locking this.
     
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