Arowana not doing so well. ‘Floating’ out of the water

PammyV

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Jan 26, 2014
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Have you tested your water?
No
If I did not test my water...
...I recognize that I will likely be asked to do a test, and that water tests are critical for solving freshwater health problems.
Do you do water changes?
Yes
What percentage of water do you change?
11-20%
How frequently do you change your water?
Every two weeks
If I do not change my water...
...I recognize that I will likely be recommended to do a water change, and water changes are critical for preventing future freshwater health problems.
My 7 year old Aro is not doing so well; just did a 25% water change as a catch all and added new charcoal but he’s disoriented in the water, doing a lot of floating now, but swims head up and out and is mouth breathing quite a bit. He Started doing this and thought it was a new ‘hunting’ technique as he usually did/does this eating to find floating pellets but it seems this is more than likely not the case. Could this be trauma related? He often hits the glass lids while eating but I feel like that was an ‘after effect’ of this new head up routine. Honest not sure what to do? But not looking promising. Wish I could upload video. Attaching a few pics and snips of video. Testing water shortly.

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PammyV

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Jan 26, 2014
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PH: 6.4 (commonly low)
Ammonia: 0.25ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 80ppm (this is off the charts, but didn’t think toxic??)
 

PammyV

Gambusia
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Jan 26, 2014
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Possible Nitrate poisoning? Not sure the symptoms but followed bottle directions to ‘detoxify’ using a triple dose of water conditioner.
 

Caveden

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mos that a fungus on its mouth area as well?
 

tlindsey

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I'm surprised that Arowana is still alive. It may be too late to save it tbh. The water conditioner really does not solve the issue. The problem is your water change schedule and percentage removed. Even if done weekly it's not nearly enough.
 
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