open mouths...

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open mouths...

Post by kirboid » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:46 pm

Hi guys, just got in from work (late I know) and it looks like my Ceylon puffers are swimming round with there mouths stuck open. You can see like there inner mouths or gullets or whatever they are going up and down in an open and closing fashion. All 3 fish are doing the same. Any ideas? I'll check water parameters tomorrow as I'm shattered....

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Re: open mouths...

Post by Arny » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:59 pm

Do you have an airstone in there? Maybe theres not much oxygen in the water

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Re: open mouths...

Post by defool89 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:11 pm

Yea do you have an air pump ? Or decor that movess with a pump? How many gallons is your tank and how many gallons does your filter pump. Maybe your amonia is high and you need to do a large water change. .. high amonia is like acid and it burns their gills and all else, skin eyes etc..
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Re: open mouths...

Post by Pufferpunk » Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:53 pm

Why are you waiting until tomorrow???
Please answer all the Qs above in red.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: open mouths...

Post by kirboid » Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:26 pm

Hi guys, no bubble milestones just the standard jewel pump that comes with the Rio 180. Checked all the parameters. All fine. They don't seem so open mouthed this eve so will keep an eye on them.

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Re: open mouths...

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:34 pm

Fish don't swim with their mouths open, unless something's wrong with them, especially ALL of them. We can't help you or your fish, unless you answer ALL the Qs above exactly as they are asked.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: open mouths...

Post by bertie 83 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:54 pm

A rio 125 is approximately 180 litres gross, realistically holds140l max. You need a serious upgrade to tank and filtration. 160 l/ 40 usg per Ceylon minimum. What size are they now?
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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Re: open mouths...

Post by defool89 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:16 pm

hey mods this thread is from December... his puffs probably died a long time ago.
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Re: open mouths...

Post by Pufferpunk » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:56 pm

Hmmm... IDK why this thread popped up on me.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: open mouths...

Post by bertie 83 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:49 am

How bizarre
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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