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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-02-2019, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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EMERGENCY Co2 poisoning!

Hello I woke up this morning to notice fish floating at the surface. I have a DIY co2 unit and forgot to shut it off last night. my setup is a 20 gal dirt tank with substrate on top. I do not have any tests kits to see what the PH is. My fish are Keyhole cichlid, Kribensis, Rubber nose pleco and 2 zebra loaches. there are no casualties but I immediately started aerating the water and i grabbed some of the fish that were in the worst state and moved them back and forth in my hand... seemed to help bring them up a bit but not much. my rubbernose pleco was upside down and his pectoral fins are red. At this moment they seem to be breathing better and looking a little more alert. What should I do this moment? Would a water change be too much for them? Again i have no test kits.... I KNOW right. please and thank you i really love these fish.
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@Fish Guy84 Water Change NOW!
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Agree. Big water change and keep lights off to let them recover. Good luck


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They are recovering!!! I will do a water change now!!! Everyone is up and around... A little disoriented but swimming... Phew
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Treat much the same as we might a human in carbon monoxide! Get them good air/ water by moving them to clean water or water changes. Treat them with a bit more care for a while to avoid stressing them further but they should all be okay after some time. For the short term, try to keep water as good as possible and still do a close look for anything odd as stress does seem to lead to disease outbreaks on some occasions. Most likely a near miss!!!
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Thank you I will keep an eye out on them. I just did a 40% water change which isn't drastic for the tank because I usually do a 50% once a week. With the rubbernose pleco his pectoral fins are very red and even into his belly a little bit. Is there a chance that can be treated? He is suctioned onto the wall which is improvement considering he was upside down and not breathing. I just hope I didn't do any permanent damage.
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I would not do anything drastic as good water will gradually let them get it all back in shape. Just as all of our systems get "off" when we are exposed to gas for too long, fish organs do not get the right amount of O2 and that does all kinds of weird things but it should clear after a bit.
This is a recent post of my gassed fish with a picture of how bad they were and they all recovered fine:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/9...-confused.html
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