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  1. #1

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    Here are my Fish Tank Specs:

    75 Gallon
    Ammonia - 0
    Nitrites - 0
    Nitrates - 15
    pH - 8.1
    Temp: 79 F
    Filteration: 2 AC 110's
    Air: 2 Medium Sized Air Stones
    Light: Medium
    Plants: One Live, Three Silk/Plastic
    Decor: Stones, Rocks and One Castle

    Fish:

    3 Synodontis Multipunctatus (Catfish)
    1 Yellow Electric Lab Cichlid
    1 Albino Red Fin Zebra Cichlid
    1 Blue Cobalt Cichlid
    2 Albino Bristle Nose Pleco

    Problem: I changed my substrate to sand Friday morning. It cleared by afternoon. Tested water, results above. Evening, bought 3 Cichlids (Yellow Lab, Zebra and Blue Cobalt). They were fine last night and this morning. Late morning the Blue Cobalt started to breathe heavy and is still laying (normally, not on it's side) on the top part of the castle.

    He is still moving his fins, moving his mouth a bit much and seems like he's breathing a bit faster than normal. When I fed the others he swam slightly to get food but it didn't look like he ate any. I don't see anything out of the ordinary around his body at all. He doesn't have white spots or any discoloration that I can tell.

    I appreciate any help I can get.

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    Have you noticed any aggression at all? The Cobalt Blue is also a Zebra, and if that and the Albino Red Fin Zebra are both males, then there could possibly be some kind of aggression happening that you haven't noticed.
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    No aggression whatsoever that I have noticed. I watch the tank very closely as I am sitting not too far from it.

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    Did you change the substrate with the fish in the tank or out? Did you scoop it out slowly or do it quickly and suddenly? He could be stressed from the change or the massive rescape could have pushed him from semi-dominant to sub-dominant. if that makes sense...
    Coastie-to-be... hopefully.

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    Hmmm. Only other thing that I can think of, is that something might be attacking his gills, like gill fluke or something. You can always treat the tank with a bit of Prazipro, which will get rid of any worms or flukes that the new fishes may have.
    Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark

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