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Apistogramma Cacatuoides issues.


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One male Cockatoo sitting near bottom of tank under cover. He is not eating, mouth is slightly open and gills moving rapidly. Colors still look fine. 

It's a 29 gallon heavily planted tank with aquasoil and sand substrate seperated by rocks and driftwood. Using an altered HOB filter with prefilter sponge. I tested the water when i noticed the Cockatoo not eating which is incredibly irregular, and the PH had dropped to 6(or below). I did a 50% water change and the current readings are below. I live in Florida so tap's PH is typically 7.5 and up. Tankmates are 3 GBRs, 3 Guppies, 3 banded Kulhi Loaches, 2 Ghost Shrimp, and an undeterminable number of snails. 

Temp: 79

PH: 6.8

KH: 0-40

GH: 300

Nitrite: 0

Nitrate: 0-20

Can't get a good picture/video as he won't come out from cover. I don't see anything in his mouth or any obvious injuries/ visible parasites. 

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added cuttle bone to the tank last night, checked parameters today and the KH is still reading 0. The apisto didn't make it, I checked his mouth and gills but didn't find anything out of the ordinary. All 3 adult guppies and 1 fry are all fine, if the issue was PH shouldn't they have been affected? I should also add the apisto was in my tank for roughly 3 weeks and arrived full grown, so age could have been a factor. 

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