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Old 02-13-2013, 09:24 PM   #1 
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Red gills?

so i released my girls into their sorority tank this morning and they were fine some chasing ect. about 3 hours later when i checked on them 2 of them seem to have a reddish coloring around their gills they have all been in iso for about a week now and i adjusted them to the new water for about 2.5 hour or so. could this just be a sign of stress or something else please help. they also ate regularly at feeding time and seem to be fine otherwise.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:31 PM   #2 
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Red around the gills is on the outside or inside? Can you post a pic? Have you checked your water parameters (ammonia, nitrites, nitrates)? When was the last water change & how much?
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:41 PM   #3 
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the outside of the gills and i'll post pics in the morn9ing when i feed them and they hold still. it's a brand new tank for my girls so i haven't done a water change with them yet. and i'm taking my water to the lfs to get it check tomorrow but my ph is 7.3ish the color gets between 7.2 and 7.6 on my testing kit><
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I'd be more concerned about the ammonia & nitrites than the Ph. The tank is filtered right? Did you cycle the tank with an ammonia source before adding the fish or are you doing a fish IN cycle? If doing a fish in cycle I suggest getting yourself a liquid test kit so you can monitor your levels daily. Make sure you write down the water parameter #'s from the LFS. Personally I would collect some water to take to the LFS & them do a 50% water change to be on the safe side. What size tank & what is the stocking (what type of fish/how many)?
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its a 10 g with 4 females it has a filter and a heater and i'm doing a fish in cycle. i think i'll pick up a test kit in the AM when i go to the store.
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They've been in the tank for a week with no water change? I'd definitely do a 50% water change now. After a week I'm pretty sure you have ammonia since your tank is uncycled.
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no i put them in the tank this morning.
i've had them for about a week( just to make sure they weren't sick)
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:30 PM   #8 
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You need to be testing for ammonia and nitrite daily with a reliable drops kit and adding an extra 50% change any time you see either. In addition a 50% with siphon change is needed weekly.

Red gills is a sign of ammonia, nitrite poisoning.

We'll await photos.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:27 PM   #9 
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sorry i've been so busy i forgot to post. the girls are fine and i got a masterkit at my lfs and tested everything and i'ts all good thank you everyone for the advice!
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