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  1. Ugh... So I've been having this problem for a while. 2 of my fish gasp for air for hours after being fed until they begin to float. One appears to be getting better, only gasping for several minutes after feeding then is completely fine, the other appears to be getting worse. I feed in the morning, she gasps on air until she floats upside down and there she's stay until the morning when I find her bottom sitting. You'll have to trust me when I say my feeding routine, oxygen and water params are fine. This has been going on for a long time and I've rulled out practically everything it could be even several things it couldn't be just to be sure. I even recently switched to bare bottom just incase... which I hate, I miss my plants I added epsom salt to my tank to treat for constipation, at about 1tbsp per 40litre. But it doesn't seem to be doing much of anything. Could I need a stronger dose? I've also been feeding peas for the last few days. This has been going on for maybe 6months I think and I just can't seem to find any explanation for it there is nothing on the internet to explain this behavior. I've been told before that some fish "just do that" but I'm beginning to think that's not quite right as I really think the floaty one might end up dieing of this.
  2. Hey thought I would share this tip that seems to be working quite well. Stakos suggested I try steamed veggies so today I tried steamed carrot. Afterwards only one began to gasp and only for a few minutes. I've just fed them again and got no gaspers. =) I'll update again in a week and let you guys know how it's working out but things are looking good. =D
  3. Yeah I fed them in the evening and by morning they are fine. Nope, other than after meals there is no floaty issues. Though one of them seems to be developing swim bladder issues. She can't seem to swim in a straight line, she nose-dives, flips and spins. Thanks for the tip. I've just fed them and turned the light off. They seem to have stopped gasping now... though one is now stuck at the surface, he should be fine in a little while though. Good to know. Thought I'm not sure if i'm happy about it or not. If there was something wrong I could treat but if it's just a behavioural thing there's nothing really I can do about it :/
  4. Wow really? They do it obsessively. One does it until she floats and swims in circles :S Is there anyway I can get them to not do it? lol I once sat for 2 hours poking the surface of the water to scare them until I just had to give up. lol
  5. * Ammonia Level - 0-0.25ppm * Nitrite Level - 0ppm * Nitrate level - 5ppm * Ph Level, Tank - 7.5 * Ph Level, Tap - 7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? - Api, drops * Water temperature? 25C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? - 100litres, 1 year * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 1200 L/PH * How often do you change the water and how much? - Twice a week, 60% (though I'm currently doing 30/40% everyday) *How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? - yesterday 30%, the day before that about 70% * How many fish in the tank and their size? - 3, medium. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? - dechlorinator. * What do you feed your fish and how often? - bloodworm, fresh veg and pellets. Usually twice a day but now only once. * Any new fish added to the tank? - No * Any medications added to the tank? - Yes, tonic salt. 0.25 % as of yesterday. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. - I have no idea. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? - One fish has an unusual growth base of it's tail, between the fins. I don't think it's anything to worry about, as it's on the healthiest fish, has been there for quite some time and has not spread to other fish. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Yes, gasping for air after every meal. I've had this problem for a while now. Every time I feed my fish they gasp for air at the surface for about an hour, sometimes longer. It started out with just one fish, then 2 and now all 3. I've treated for constipation. I feed them a varied diet of bloodworm, fresh veg and pre-soaked pellets. I fast them on Sundays and peas on Monday, just in case. I've left them for 3 days without food and they seemed perfectly healthy until I fed them, then the gasping started again. There is definitely no issue with oxygen or filtration. I have a 12x filter with an air pump with plenty of circulation. I've picked up a swim bladder treatment for bacterial infection to be used in conjunction with tonic salt. It says to first add salt over 2 days in 4 sessions at 5grams per litre bringing the tank to 0.5% salt. Day 1 add treatment. Day 4 add treatment again. Day 8 add treatment again. Day 12 add treatment again. It doesn't say anything about water changes in between? That seems like a long time to go without a water change. It's called Interpet Swim bladder treatment 13. Active ingredients are Bronopol, Formaldehyde and Benzalkonium. Not harmful to filters. I took the tank up to 0.25% salt yesterday. I will being bringing up to 0.5% today and adding first treatment. Wanted to get some thoughts first though. Advice? I'm really stumped with this one.
  6. As some of you may know I was having problems with my pearscale last month. He was stuck at the surface for weeks and one side of him was completely bloody. Well I've managed to get him back to almost perfect health. He is swimming straight, getting food and being quite active. He is still a little floaty, occasional his back side will begin to pull him to the surface. It is definitely a digestion issue. He doesn't poop often and when he does it's very thin and has dents in it, like a link of sausages lol I would now like to add epsom salt to the tank. How should I do this? It's a 100 litre tank.
  7. Wow just read that thread on stealth heaters, scary stuff. I supposed it's lucky mine exploded when it did, it was only reading 2 degrees above normal... could have been cooked like those guys.
  8. Well it didn't shatter the tank and the 100% water gave me a good opportunity to give the tank a thorough clean so every cloud and all that... Just glad all the fish are and not electrocuted or cooked lol I'm definitely never buying from Aquael again.
  9. it was an aquael 75w heater. No I wasn't doing a water change at the time, it was completely submerged. I was just sitting in my living room and heard something smash loudly, I look over and the fish were going frantic. I quickly pulled it and along with the shards of glass and turned it off. No idea what happened, I'll be writing a letter of complaint. Thankfully my fish are fine. I did a 100% change just to be sure.
  10. Obviously I'm doing a large water change right now, but is there anything I should be concerned about chemical wise? Can't believe it...
  11. I'm jealous beyond words! This is exactly like what I'm planning on upgrading to right down to the white high gloss finish. I love it.
  12. It is a tumour. It is natural, as all tumours are but they are not supposed to have it.
  13. Well actually the wen is a genetic deformity that has been exploited by breeders for it's interesting look. Really goldfish shouldn't have wens, it can grow over their eyes and cause problems with sight. It is a tumour, isn't it?
  14. Cookie had a relapse over the weekend while I was gone, stuck at the surface again. I've got him on epsom and peas as of today so fingers crossed.
  15. Another update. I didn't feed yesterday and haven't today, I have to leave for Belfast for the weekend so won't be able to get him started on epsom salts until Sunday. But he seems to be getting better and better. Today he seems to be able to control himself in the water a lot more, when he swims he's only slightly tilted not completely on his side and seems to be able to control where he wants to go. He's not floating straight up to the surface but has some buoyancy problems. I am completely shocked at the recovery he is making.
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