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Old 17th October 2016   #1
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Hello pals!
First time axie owner here. I'm worried that s/he's not comfortable/ stressed In hers/his new home
I bought Bowie on Thursday 13 and it is now Monday 17. S/He was not eating the food pellets I bought for the first few days. I managed to feed her/him 3 small worms last night and 4/5 today. So I figured it was just cause they were a fussy eater!

But I've noticed that s/he is "normally" INCREDIBLY active.
I was really worried because s/he kept on swimming back and forth in the tank and bumping his/her head into the walls before turning around. S/he seems to be swimming to the top and gulping air occasionally too. But seems to have no problem just sitting on the bottom of the tank so I don't think it's gas related.

However, today, The gills Have started to curl forward today after I fed him/her but the tail isn't curled. I also saw them regurgitating the worms about an hour after feeding- this is the same time the gills started curling. And now shes barely moving?

My pH level is measuring at 7.2 and temp is around 18-20celcius (I'm also struggling to lower it - eep)
Ammonia is at .50ppm
Nitrite and nitrate are reading at 0
I've partially changed the water 4 times since I got him/her. (water was changed just this afternoon)
It's still a little bit cloudy(but doesn't seem like it would be too much of an issue as it's a newly established tank)
I'm using API Stress Coat and Quick Start with all my water changes

I don't know if this behaviour is normal or if it's something to be concerned about as I've only had him/her a few days.

Is my tank to small? It's about 30x15ish
Is it too hot? Do I need a different filter? Why do they seem so incredibly restless?
Could it be from settling in and me adding a new element to the tank?(a tune to hide in)
How do you know what's normal behaviour?!
WHATS WRONG WITH MY LIL BABY

Please help!

(Sorry for post length!!)
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