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PostSubject: why are they fighting!   Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:28 am

So I have a 5 inch sailfin and a 2 inch fem BN in my a 20 with some mollies n a little red tail cat(temporary set up) and my two plecs just started fighting today and the sailfin is gulping air and letting out bubbles and I don't know why! And they don't bother the other fish. Help?
My water quality was horrible from 3 fish dying and I didn't know because I have so many plants and just assumed they were hiding. So yeah. But can that have caused the fighting? They are now in seperate tanks and I did a large water chance to lower the ammonia but I don't want the sailfin going after my other fish.
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PostSubject: Re: why are they fighting!   Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:53 pm

stress does funny things to all animals.

The gasping was in response to the elevated ammonia levels burning the gills. it will take a while for them to get back to form.

once the tank is settled again it should be ok. Just make sure they have plenty of hidy holes

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PostSubject: Re: why are they fighting!   Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:19 pm

sounds like they were extremely stressed
get the ammonia settled and use stress zyme , its bacteria that helps the tanks nitrate cycle
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