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  1. Default Plecostomus Breathing Heavily and Fast?

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    Hi there, I recently put a new common plecostomus into my 30 gallon (I know this is too small for a pleco, but i have a 75 gallon that I will put him into when he gets too big for the 30 gallon) and he is breathing really fast and heavily. I came home to him today upside down, so I uprighted him. I know he is not being picked on by the other fish (they are mainly very young cichlids) because he has no marks on him and I watched the tank for about an hour to make sure that this wasn't happening. Nitrite and amonia levels are normal and none of the other fish are having any problems. I don't know what to do and am afraid that I am running out of time. Please help!

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    Your Nitrite and Ammonia are supposed to be 0. If they are not then this is the cause. Bottomfeeders are affected most by this.
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    Yes they are at 0. I had them tested at petco today. I really don't know what to do.

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    Start with a large waterchange and thorough gravel vac. See if it improves.
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    Next up, get a real test kit and test the water. Shops tend to quickly stab in a testing stick and say it's fine regardless of what the values are.

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    I was getting fairly inaccurate readings (IMO) with the dip stick method, I recently purchased the API Master Test Kit. It was ~$20 and its easy to use. The readings are much more accurate and the color gradient is more varied than the sticks that I saw which makes for better clarity. Sorry but this is all the advice I can offer.

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