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Got a shipment of wild caught fronts in about two weeks ago.

First week went fine. They were shy but hungry.

I held off doing a water change to try and get them a bit more comfortable. Well - couple days ago I noticed a couple breathing a bit heavy and they weren't finishing all of the food I put in. So that immediately sets off warnings as I've had plenty of malawi bloat experience.

I test everything - and nitrates are off the chart. At least 80 if not worse.

I've been doing 25% water changes (three in so far) about ever 12 hours. I'm just wondering what y'all think - is nitrate poisoning the likely culprit here? I've never dealt with that before but the symptoms seem right on. I figure wild caughts are probably more sensitive to begin with.
 

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Someone else had difficulty with wild caught fish and thought that they didn't handle the Nitrates well due to them not being exposed to nitrate in the wild. I think reducing Nitrates through water changes is good, hopefully it solves the issue. You might have to do more than 25% to really get the nitrate down.
 

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Yeah I'm assuming that's the issue. I lost one tonight - was the one initially breathing heavy the other day, so I'm just going to guess that she sustained some sort of gill damage. No other physical signs of anything - so it has to be something in the water.

I did four 25% changes in about 36 hours and the nitrates are down under 20ppm. I'll be doing a bigger one in the morning, which should really bottom the nitrates out.
 

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If you're still seeing symptoms you might want to post a photo here. Someone might be able to help you more.
 
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