Fish tanks can be notoriously finicky environments, with the slightest change having major impacts on your fishes’ health. Because you need to maintain such a delicate balance, it’s critical to be aware of the warning signs that something is wrong with your aquarium. Knowing the symptoms of a deteriorating tank will help you identify problems before they grow out of hand.
Fish Gasping at the Surface
There’s oxygen in water, and fish can absorb that oxygen through their gills. This is how they breathe. But there can be times when there’s an insufficient amount of oxygen in your aquarium’s water, causing your fish to suffocate. When the oxygen levels decrease, you’ll notice your fish gathering at the surface, seemingly gasping for air at the tank’s uppermost layer of water.
The top layer of water holds the most dissolved oxygen. So it’s the ideal place to receive oxygen. But gasping fish means that there’s something seriously wrong with your tank’s water. The first thing you need to do is check the temperature. Warm water holds less oxygen, leading to suffocating fish. The other action you need to do is make sure ammonia and nitrate levels are at zero.
Rapid Algae Growth
Algae are types of plants that can poison the water if allowed to spread throughout the tank. This can lead to diseases that infect your fish, resulting in your pets’ eventual demise if you leave them in long enough with the algae. You can’t eliminate the presence of algae entirely, as they’re a natural part of watery environments. However, you can significantly slow their growth.
Algae survive through photosynthesis. This characteristic means that direct sunlight will promote the further spread of these organisms. Be aware of where to place your fish tank. The area in which you install it can have significant effects on the fishes’ environment.
Change in Fishes’ Behavior
Keep in mind how your fish typically act throughout the day. Just like any living creature, they’ll have their daily routines and habits. Issues arise when you notice they behave differently for no apparent reason. Whether they refuse to eat, swim erratically, or seem to have trouble moving, you know there’s likely an issue.
These could be the prelude to more significant problems with the tank, so you need to do the usual checks to ensure everything is in balance. Inspect the temperature and pH levels. Also, refresh the water if you can’t remember the last time you did so.
Protect Your Fish
Your fish rely on you to keep them safe and healthy. Ignoring the warning signs of problems with your aquarium will only lead them to suffer from poor health until they eventually die. Do what you can to give them the best environment to ensure their continued health.
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