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    Thread: Goldfish surface breathing

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      Goldfish surface breathing

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      Lost some already, then moved them to a new pond.
      This one got very green over time as well and now the goldfish are sucking at the surface for air. Particularly one fish.

      I added 1 oz of muriatic to a 2000gal pond.

      Ph has been steady at near 8.8ish. Maybe 9. Having a hard time getting it down.

      Ammonia 0
      Nitrite 0
      Phosphate 10ppm
      Nitrate near 0? Maybe 1-2ppm

      TA is 100
      CH is 175
      KH is 100
      CA2+ is 120

      I have a cheap DO meter that I can't test accuracy that shows 8mg/L

      Two aerator stones and large water fall moving water around. Turning over pond every 30m with pump


      Any thoughts on what's going on?

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      I've only been keeping my pond since 2018 and I don't consider myself an expert, but:

      My first thought is that the algae might be in competition with your fish for oxygen consumption. Algae consume oxygen at night and release oxygen during the day, so if you mostly observe surface breathing in the first half of the day then this theory seems even more likely. I'd try clearing the algae and seeing if they stop surface breathing. I've had the best luck with nualgi products - I tried five of six other brands to clear algae and none worked.

      This is the combo pack I've been using for three years and it always does a great job: https://nualgiponds.com/product/combo-pack/

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      Air breathing. Need more aeration or they have gill problems. What is your water ph out of the tap? Never a good idea to drop ph

      The green is new pond syndrome. It’s establishing itself. Do you have a biofilter for the bacteria to grow

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      What is the water temperature?

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