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My african cichlids have been glancing and staying at the top of the tank the last few days. I added an airstone thinking maybe they needed more air, but it hasn't helped thus far. The tank is 80 gallons running an ac30 (hob), afluval 405, and a sponge filter. The temp is 80 degrees and doesn't change much. The water parameters are as follows
PH- 7.5
KH- 120ppm
GH- 220ppm
Ammonia- 0ppm
Nitrite- 0ppm
Nitrate- 0-5ppm

I know the KH is low but I don't know how to safely raise it. If you have any help please let me know
 

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how can you have zero on all anmonia nitrite and nitrate. Without showing nitrate, your tank is not cycled. But you have no anmonia nor nitrite. What kind of test you are using?

When african are staying on top, it usually means the water parameter is not right. How long has the tank been cycled? how new are the fish?
 

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The tank has been cycled more then 2 years, Im using API test kits all just over 2 months old
 

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I added one fish about a week ago, but this didnt start till 2 days ago
 

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The tank has been cycled more then 2 years, Im using API test kits all just over 2 months old
Chances are you are using the NO3 test kit wrong. The bottles must be shaken for some time to get any result other than 0. Chances are this may be the issue.
 

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Ill do it again
 

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Ok you are right, I obviously didnt shake the test solution well enough, now it is showing a nitrate of 20ppm
 

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every 4 days i take out 20%, I did one yesterday as I was worried about the wierd behavior
 

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seachem marine buffer, buffers to 8.3 then i use a kh boost made by nutrafin to try to keep it up
 

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it looks like they are scratching their faces on stuff not there whole body
 

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Sounds like you have gill flukes, very common in African Cichlids. Clout, Prazipro or Fluke tabs will clear it up. You need to get something in there tomorrow by the sounds of it. The flukes anchor onto the gills and extract oxygen which is why they are breathing heavy. No good.
 

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will jungle parasite clear, acriflavin, or o the blue ich treatment help until then?
 

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Doubtful. Flukes are very strong and are usually only disrupted by Fluke specific medications. Nothing you have mentioned will likely have effect.
 

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okill pick some stuff up tomorrow and ill keep you posted as to the result
 

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Definitely go with Fluke based meds as Grant suggested. You dont want to risk anything.

I hope the all everything turns out well. Keep us updated.
 

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I added clout, how long does it usually take to show improvements?
 
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