I just announced a few days ago that I had finally gotten the Blue Rams I had been waiting for so long on. Now I hope someone can help me on a problem with them. One of the six started showing signs of heavy breathing with swollen gills soon after acclimation to my tank, while the others seemed fine. I couldn't tell whether it had been already acting that way in the bag or not. I picked them up from the LFS while they were still in their shipping bag. The sick one lasted until this morning, almost exactly a week since I'd gotten them. Now a few more are beginning to breathe heavily also. I don't believe it's my water, as Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates are all "0", PH is 6.2, Temp. ~83, GH 6. They are currently in a 10gal. w/ 4 small zebra danios. The danios are showing no signs of distress. My 30gal will be ready for them to move into by morning. I'm currently working on bringing the PH down and the temp. up in the 30gal. I asked my LFS about the possibility of gill flukes a few days before the first one died, and he said he hadn't seen or heard of gill flukes in fish in this area for years. Unfortunately, I can't think of anything else that might be causing this as they show no other signs and it seems to be contagious. Now, to the subject. All I have on hand for tonight is "Wardley Complete Remedy". It claims to be good for external parasites, fungi, and bacteria. The only listed ingredient is sodium chlorite. I says on the bottle that this is not a salt solution, but an oxidant. Would this work for gill flukes? Has anyone had any experience with it? Also, as far as salt solution goes, I've seen on deja news that it can be helpful in taking care of parasite problems. My questions on this is how much you should use with a soft water cichlid, and wouldn't any amount cause the hardness and thus the PH to increase? I would think that this would put more stress on the fish. Would non-iodized table salt work? It was recommended for use in my pond, so I have plenty of it on hand. Sorry so long, Just another worried fishkeeper, Sherry ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is the apistogramma mailing list, email@example.com. For instructions on how to subscribe or unsubscribe or get help, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Search http://altavista.digital.com for "Apistogramma Mailing List Archives"!