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fish constantly opening and closing mouth

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I added 6 banded barbs to my tank the other day, 5 of them are swimming around fine in a shoal, but the other one seems to be hiding on his own, is not feeding, and is constantly opening and closing his mouth. I don't think this is an oxygen issue as none of the other fish are exhibiting this behavior. I know that I have 0 ammonia 0 nitrite.

Any ideas on why he might be doing this?

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parasite, or something else inflamming his gills

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Any ideas on what I could / should do to help him?
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He could be stressed by the others. Barbs can be big bullies. Can you separate him away from the group in another tank?


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Common sign of stress. Perhaps raise the temp. and watch very carefully for other signs (growths, spots, etc.) Did you quarantined them first?
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if u cannot quarantine. start with a mild antibiotic such as melafix, its safe and wont harm anything u can put in ur tank. if u dont see a slight response in a day or two, id move up to api general cure.

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scottfish, what would be the purpose of raising the temperature?
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