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Hi, I need help. My 8,5 year old large gorgeous orange oranda being sick for 8 weeks now. She is on the bottom of the tank can not smin at all. She is on her side. For the first 3 weeks she did not accept food at all and I started giving up hope. Than slowly she started to accept peas and she gained some strength back. Now she is hungry and happily eating from my hand some sinking pallets presoaked or peas, but zero improvement in her swimming. She is an only fish in a 26 gallon tank. Filtration and all water parameters are fine ( pH, nitrit, nitrat, ammonia) . I remove all food and clean her tank with a vacum every other day to ensure water quality, with a 1/6-1/5th waterchange. She looks totally healthy otherwise. I give Metafix every 3 days into her water, to avoid other infections. I also treated her at the beginning with a few different type of wide spectum antibiotics, but not sure if that made any good. Now I am questioning my own diagnosis and no idea what to do. I am just not willing to let her go ( starve to death???, or euthanise), or is this the time to accept that she is old?? She was with me for almost a decade and hope to see her getting better. TIA for suggestions.
* Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 20 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 oh other unknown * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api * Water temperature?78 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?55 us gal. running over a year * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?marine land power filter 150 gph * How often do you change the water and how much? weekly 20% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 5 * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 approx 2" 2 telescopes 1 blackmoor 1 oranda * What kind of water additives or conditioners prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? daily medium sinking crumble, peas or brocolli every two days * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank?no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. treated for parasites about two months ago using Praziquantel also used salt treatment for first few months after fish purchased * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? not currently * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? one fish always stays at top of the water Hello I am new to kokos although I have followed several posts as a non-member. I have been keeping fish of various varieties on and off for about 20 years. In all my experience I have never had this problem. I have one telescope that appeared healthy when I got him (call it a him but can't really tell) but for about 4 months now looks rather sickly. Listless, thin finned, frequently bent and always at the top of the water. Since none of my other fish show any symptoms I thought swim bladder, as a rule I have always included peas or broccoli as part of their diet but for this poor little guy it doesn't seem to help a bit. I have concluded that he has an abnormal swim bladder but would really appreciate any suggestions on other possible causes. Also if anyone else has had a fish with this condition I was wondering what they may have done to help it. I have never before considered euthanizing a fish however seeing how this poor guy is suffering I have considered it. My last question is what would be the life expectancy of a fish with an under developed or abnormal swim bladder. I thank all in advanced for any help.