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Re: HELP! clown loach gasping for air!!!

Posted By: greg <gregandeileen@juno.com>
Date: Tuesday, 6 August 2002, at 1:21 p.m.

Clowns do not usually spend time at the surface. I would suspect bad water conditions first. Do you have gravel? With no plate/powerhead system? If so, I would suspect the loaches are reacting to toxins from anaerobic bacterias. This is very likely if the gravel is not vacuumed thoroughly all the time. Greying can be a sign of poor water. But from your messages I would think the water might be alright, because the other loaches are not reacting.

Loaches, like most fish, will gasp for air at the surface if they have disease. The one fish may be in an early stage of ich infestation. The gasping may indicate swollen, inflamed gills from a bacterial infection (bad water, also). If the others are acting normally, you will have to watch very