View Full Version : Heavy Breathing of my Fish

02/21/2006, 05:39 PM
Hi Everyone Im new at this hobbie which Im getting pretty hooked up very fast. I currently have a 40 gal hex aquarium, with a Magnum 350 filter pump one protein skimmer and im about to receive an HQI 150 watt metal halide light fixture I also have about 25 lbs of live rock some brown and green polyps. one I believe leather coral and some mushroom coral I currently own a Marron Clown, a Cardinal Fish a Bi-Color Blenny a Copperband Butterfly and a Crab now my question is with my Copperband lately ive seen that he is breathing heavily what could be causing that. That is my main Concern right now and also what else do i need to add to my aquarium as far as equipment. I would really appreciated it any comments with the heavy breathinf of my Copperband Butterfly Fish.....

02/21/2006, 06:02 PM
have you checked your nitrates?

02/21/2006, 06:08 PM
yes they are close to zero.....but is only the copperband who is having trouble breathing......I have a 10 gallon aquarium to use as a quarantine place would u recommend me moving him there for a while.....

02/21/2006, 06:56 PM
not too scare you or anything, but i had a false percula who started breathing heavily, and died a few days later. My water levels in the tank were fine at the time too......

hope you have better luck than me

02/21/2006, 07:04 PM
Your tank sounds brand new, almost as if it hasn't cycled yet. How long has it been running? Another reason could be salinity shock, like how are you acclimating the fish to your tank? What's the Specific Gravity of your water? I also wonder why you got a Magnum 350 filter. There are much better filters out there IMO.

02/21/2006, 07:13 PM
I've had it running for 2 months my salinity is at 1.024 and how i acclimate my fish well i just buy them and put them in the tank.....but like i said Im new at this so Im learning as I go.....Ive had my Fishes for 2 weeks........

02/21/2006, 07:15 PM
Heavy breathing is not good, sorry to say. I had a copperband once and just ended up dying for no reason. Is he eating?

02/21/2006, 07:17 PM

I read at www.aquariumpros.com/articles that Copperbadn butterfly fish are hard to adapt to aquariums due to stress. It could be this, or it could also be for example low oxygen. Place a powerhead or similar near the surface and have it cause surface agitation. In general, increase flow if oxygen is low and get a skimmer to help too.


02/21/2006, 07:20 PM
not good.....say goodnight....copperbands ar ehard to keep anyway.....

02/21/2006, 07:33 PM
Besides, even if the Copperband lives the first few days, it will not in the long run unless you plan on buying corals and clams for its diet. It's hard to acclimate properly w/o a sump, as most hobbyist will use the drip method. You should at least float the bag in your tank, and put in about 1/8-1/4 cup of water every 10-20 minutes. Most shops keep their fish at 1.019-.021, so dropping it into 1.024 tank, I would suspect salinity shock. But if your Nitrates are reading 0, I would also suspect your tank is not done cycling since I do not see a method of nitrate export/consumption in your system, hope this helps..:)

02/21/2006, 07:36 PM
took me 4 hours to acclimate mine...he ate all my aiptaisia (sp), the first week and then refused to eat anything after that....died 2 months later....

02/21/2006, 10:23 PM
wells i just put my skimmer and it seemed to help him alot i believed it was missing oxygen which i had thought of since the beginning i also rechecked my salinity and it was very high so i took out about 5 gallons of water out and put some new water and brought it back to level I guess now all I have to do is to keep an eye on the nitrates and nitrites since its got about another month to finish its cycling process......thanks guys

02/21/2006, 10:25 PM
You never mentioned whether he is eating or not.

02/22/2006, 09:54 AM
wow...copperband in a tank thats cycling......Enerjr.....just curious if you would report back and let us (me) know how it does.....(no kidding), just would like to hear for added personal knowledge....

02/22/2006, 10:13 PM
well he is eating the organisms from the rocks but when i throw some flakes or some missy shrimp he doesnt eat it i soaking it with garlic extract to see if itll enhance his eating habits but ill keep u informed.......

02/22/2006, 10:34 PM
getting him to eat is going to be your problem. Good luck!

02/23/2006, 01:39 AM
If you can't get him to eat with the soaking in garlic trick, try tossing in some live brine shrimp from the lfs. Filter the water in the bag through a net (never pour the water into the aquarium) and then place the brine that was caught in the net into the tank. Live food might get him eating again, then you can work on feeding him frozen. Just for info, mine has never, and I assume will never eat flake. He does like frozen mysis now, but not in the begining, I had to feed him Brine which he loves.

Also surelly the tank can't be cycling still if the polyps are alive?

Good luck

02/23/2006, 10:06 PM
No the polyps are in very good shape I,ve never had any problems with them......Im gonna try that of the brine shrimp hopefully itll work.....