5.  What are the common signs of ammonia poisoning?

Ammonia poisoning is one of the leading causes of death in aquarium fish. It is important to know the causes and effects of ammonia toxicity so that the aquarist can recognize and take immediate action.

The common signs of ammonia stress are easily detected.
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hovering at the bottom of the tank (especially for urface dwelling fish)
  • Gasping at the surface
  • Inflamed gills
  • Red streaks or inflammation in the gills
  • Inflamed eyes or anus

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