Just a quick reminder to always move and vac under all objects when performing weekly maintenance.
I discovered one this morning which had collected underneath the broad and flat but slightly indented foot of my sponge filter and un even gravel (the sponge filter itself wasnt dangerous just the fact that I didnt vaccuum it right) I instantly recognised it after reading an article a year ago. I grabbed a net and some water from another safe tank and put him in a 3 litre container (3/4 gallon) half his side on one side quickly became speckled with red just like ammonia burn and he become sluggish and confused (got stuck beside the filter before I got him out)
Thankfully though he seems to be improving at first he was slumped against the side of the container and was breathing incredibly hard, now he sits free of the wall and un clamps his fins to regain balance. But he was only in contaminated water for 1 or two minutes tops (if that) and the tank would have only been a few months old.
This isn't meant to scare you silly but just remind you that its a very real threat and could happen to anyone with any substrate.
You can recognise it by a clear silky cloud the comes from under an object almost like clear smoke. It looks exactly the same as gas from the barbecue or other gas appliance only it's under water.
Phew this wasnt meant to be so long! And I am guessing the gas was residue from all the poop could someone clarify what it actually is?
Thank You for reading!