Help Heavy-Breathing Fish Who Won’t Eat | Aquarium Care

Help Heavy-Breathing Fish Who Won’t Eat | Aquarium Care

If your fish are breathing heavy and not eating,
there’s something going on, either the fish are sick or the water
is not good. Maybe one of the
parameters has slipped out of range, it could be the temperature, ammonia,
nitrite, pH, anything of those things will cause stress on the environment
and cause the fish’s immune system to be suppressed. When there’s something
wrong and the fish are stressed, the first thing they do is they don’t eat. A lot of times they breathe heavy. If there’s a parasite that’s affecting
their gills, they’re going to breathe very heavily. If they’re being chases
around, if there’s an aggressive tankmate, they’re going to breathe heavy. Fish should have a very unlabored breathing. It should be very steady. Without being a marine biologist, you should
be able to recognize normal breathing versus heavy breathing. If the air pump stopped working or the
filter which provides the oxygen for your particular aquarium has slowed
down, maybe the oxygen levels are low, maybe the tank is too stocked. The
fish have grown over the last 6 months and now there’s not enough oxygen
for the amount of fish that you have, so the fish are breathing heavy. If
there’s nitrites in the water, that prevents the fish’s blood from carrying
oxygen, so you should test your nitrites and see if they’re elevated. All
of these things will result in a fish being stressed if they’re breathing
heavy. If they’re breathing heavy, you want to make
sure that the water chemistry is good, they’re not being chased,
they’re not suffering from any ailments, make sure they don’t ick on them,
and try to get their breathing to go to a normal rate.

15 thoughts on “Help Heavy-Breathing Fish Who Won’t Eat | Aquarium Care

  1. it would be cool if you guys did a video on how to know if wood you find in the wood or by a river is safe to put in a tank

  2. This and give me answers because my fish is going all the way on the top of the tank in staying there and then it goes back down and goes all the way back up again

  3. This info sucks and is for noobs. My cichlid is having short mini seizures and breathes heavily. My fish is sick and probably has a parasite. I used some PraziPro hopefully that will work.

  4. It worked! Thank you so much for this video. We added a small air pump and our Blue Acara is breathing normal again. We had to move him to a new tank earlier in the week due to a mean mate however he is now happy with his new home. (Now that he can breath correctly)

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