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  1. Hi guys. Been ages since I've posted but I have a swim bladder problem with my 5 year old ryukin Freckle & am hoping to save him. I lost my black moor almost a year ago to same problem after trying everything i could. Thanks for any input, I'm at a loss at the moment & am considering euthanasia if he doesn't right himself & can't eat. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank)0ppm-0.25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank)0ppm-5.0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ph 7.6 kh 3 gh 14 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ph 7.6 kh 0 gh 0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 23 (switched up 2 degrees from regular to try & help digestion) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 400 litres, 12+ months running, large filter been running 5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Eheim 2217 & 2213. * How often do you change the water and how much? every couple of weeks, approx 1/3 - 1/2 * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days, 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? Comet 10 inch, fantail 4 inch, shubunkin 7 inch, telescope comet 7 inch, oranda 6 inch, ryukin 6 inch, bristlenose pleco 4 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime, aquarium salt * What do you feed your fish and how often? Give the brand, type of food (sinking/floating pellets, gel food, steamed vegetable, etc.), and how frequently you feed each. hikari wheatgerm formula sinking pellets last few months(koi food recommended by aquarium staffer), once daily. previously a vegetable based ciclid sinking pellet(cant remember brand, comes in a black container, also do goldfish sinking pellets but they had run out) as advised bu aquarium staff. peas occasionally. algae wafer if they beat the pleco to it. * Any new fish added to the tank? no, last one was 6 months ago. * Any medications added to the tank? kanaplex * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. prazi 1 round maybe 6-12 months ago, salt on & off but usually not, salt dip for sick fish only yesterday 15 minutes 1 tbsp salt per 1 litre water, ate peas 4 days ago, fasted since then, no interest in peas last night. kanaplex & metroplex 10 months ago to attempt to treat SBD in black moor (unsuccessful. R.I.P Tiny) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? large patch of blood under the scales on the belly 2 weeks ago, suspected septacaemia & treated with salt, went away after a couple of days. added kanaplex once it arrived in the mail but blood had already gone by then. blood on the belly again but its in a ring shape, i think it's from floating the last couple of days where his belly sticks out. sort of tilting to one side a bit more today but still can't get upright. blood amount has decreased. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? . swimming upside down often but able to right itself(last few months), problems with balance, somesaulting. appetite usually very good but not showing interest in food. Got stuck in the pleco cave a week ago, damaged tail fins, a few days later started floating
  2. Does being fat like show quality goldfishes are increase the chances of swim bladder disease ? Does being less fat decrease the chances of goldfish getting swim bladder disease ?
  3. Got a weird one here guys... I recently got a few little goldfish a couple of weeks ago. (I posted photos of the little guys in the photo thread!) All the fish are doing well except my little calico lion head. He's doing this odd thing. He will swim around and feed with the other guys fine for a while but most of the day he goes up gulps air and becomes too filled with air to do anything but float at the top of the tank. My tank parameters are perfect: Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: Less than 5 PH: 8.2 the temperature stays between 72-75. I have plenty of filtration 180 gallons worth for a 65 gallon, the tank isn't over stocked there are 3 other small goldfish in it. He exhibits no outer symptoms such as red streaks, torn fins, white dots, anything, no fungus. Poop looks normal. He doesn't even look bloated when this happens. But it is the strangest thing, he will swim around go up to the top gulp air swim down immediately swim back to the surface and gulp air again, and I know he's taking a lot in because as he goes down I'll see him release bubbles and quite large ones at that. The tank is a little taller than most but I've raised plenty of fancy goldfish in it no problems, and like I said the others are doing fine. He will do this little activity until he can't swim anymore and floats in the top corner. I've fasted him for two days and he seemed to do better but as soon as I fed him the second feeding after the fast (later in the evening I typically feed twice a day), boom it happens again, he starts gulping air again. It's very odd behavior its not like a goldfish that is oxygen deprived or in a tank full of ammonia. It has me very perplexed. Sorry for the long post but I thought I would see if anyone here had any ideas as to why he's doing this because I certainly don't! Thanks!! P.S. I've added a bubble wand to get more water circulation though it was fine before on the off chance he's not getting enough oxygen.
  4. Hi, I'm definately in need of guidance please. I found a betta a big chain store that appears to have swim bladder issues (floating & on his side at the top of the cup) but I also see the scales sticking out by the swim bladder when he goes from a normal swimming position to floating back to the top then turns on his side. I am wondering if it is possible dropsy or if the scales stick out just because he gets into a certain position. From what I could tell, the scales didn't stick out when he was in the normal position but he wasn't in a normal position for very long. I feel sorry for him and would like to get him, understanding the swim bladder issue needs but if he has dropsy or the start of, I will not get him as I've never had positive results with dropsy treatment. Also, he would have to come home with me by airplane cargo because I'm out of town. Would that be harmful to him? Thank you for any help
  5. Hi everyone! I have had my two goldies for almost 6/7 years. They are thriving and a nice size, and doing well except for Bob... she STILL bobs after eating almost ANYTHING. And yes, everything... I've tried ALL the gel foods, made my own, frozen worms, flakes, pellets soaked, sometimes Peas etc. the only things she doesn't bob after eating are: Leafy greens like Kale, Spinach, seaweed and the Food Triangles that you drop in because you're going out of town. I feel bad because i know she won't get all the nutrition from just leafy greens, but not sure what to do... She'll float at the top for like 12 hours then come down ravenous to eat again then float again then collapse at the bottom after days of doing this. Any ideas???? Are leafy greens enough?? Thanks!
  6. Suna Solar's Swim Bladder (Insight on floating, sinking, x-rays and treatment) For those interested, most of this is covered in my thread How do you know when it's time to let go? and documents almost my entire experience with treating suna. Prior conditions: Suna has always been a little floaty, and he has had two "tumors" on him his entire life. (One by his left eye, and one long one on his right side) They have been tested and deemed nothing to worry about, because they haven't affected him at all. From about January 15th, Suna started having severe floating issues. He went a few weeks completely upside down, then a week on the bottom, and then he started exclusively floating upside down on the top of the tank. ==================================================== After this point, I had gone through: Lowering the water level Raising the water level Quarantine Exclusively feeding peas for MONTHS Maracyn II treatment ==================================================== On February 22nd, I was desperately worried because I had tried everything I could think of, and the other goldfish forum I was active on was taking a very long time to respond, and people were running out of advice to tell me. I came here to Koko's hoping for emergency advice because now he had no appetite, wasn't pooping, and was incredibly lethargic. ==================================================== He started to develop sores on his stomach, which I treated with vaseline: ==================================================== In the beginning of March, I started Suna on a treatment of Kanaplex and Metroplex. He was also fasted during this time, which didn't improve anything. Schedule provided by Jarad: Day 1 - 100% water change, add 1/2 Teaspoon of Epsom Salt, add Kanaplex and Metroplex. Day 2 - Add a double dose of Prime Day 3 - 100% water change, add 1/2 Teaspoon of Epsom Salt, add Kanaplex and Metroplex. Day 4 - Add a double dose of Prime Day 5 - 100% water change, add 1/2 Teaspoon of Epsom Salt, add Kanaplex and Metroplex. Day 6 - Add a double dose of Prime and let's check in Unfortunately, this treatment did not work. In the end of March I decided that my best bet was to bring him all the way to LSU's veterinary teaching hospital after hearing rumors of them having a fish vet. ==================================================== At LSU, we discovered that Suna had an enormous amount of gas in either his swim bladder, or in his intestinal track. Lovely user Pearlscaleperfect shared some insight on to what was going on inside of Suna's X-rays: "The swim bladder is divided into two lobes, the cranial and the caudal, in fancy goldfish the caudal can be misshapen, tiny, or completely absent. In this case the caudal has seemingly migrated downward and sits below the cranial, which would explain the floating. The liver in goldfish is odd and is kind of a space filler, it just seems to fill in extra area not being utilized by the other organs. it and the GI tract are in the dark area circled, which looks normal. The other object should be the kidney but when things get so shifted around organ wise I could be incorrect. So it appears the only real issue is the location of the caudal lobe which is likely making it tough for the fish to keep balanced. The swim bladder will likely refill and need to be drained again, but it varies upon the individual on how long it will take. Hope this helps a bit! " Helen also (recently) offered information about Suna's swim bladder at this state: "with the swim bladders so low, i can guarantee you that the top part of the membrane which is fused to the inner lining of the fish's organ cavity at the top has become detached. this could be from injury, or it could be from an infection which is now resolved. no amount of surgery will cause this to reattach, no amount of physio will cause this to correct. it may, for a very short time and after a long period of time (through keeping the fish upright) return to the top, where it should be, but there is nothing to keep it there." ==================================================== The vet had already decided that the best way of treating it would be to aspirate it and get as much of the gas out as possible, and from then on Suna started sitting on the bottom: Suna received Baytril injections for 2 weeks to avoid any bacterial infections from having a hole poked in his swim bladder. ==================================================== Since the vet visit in March, Suna has remained sitting sideways on the bottom of the tank. I've hand-fed him the whole time and although he can kind of push himself upwards in the water and float around, it is clear that his swim bladder still does not function properly. In the end of June, I decided that the best course of action would of course be to bring him back to the vet for more x-rays to see if there was anything that could be hindering him. We found out that... the lower part of his swim bladder was now missing. (Judging from my information from Helen, this was probably from piercing it) Unfortunately the only way to know "for sure" what was going on would be to actually cut him open and look, but that wasn't something I was interested in doing. ==================================================== We started talking about different ways to treat it, and the vet suggested that maybe we should try suturing some floats along his back and see if it could help him out without damaging his scales or fins. I decided that it COULD be something to consider, and I figured it may work since there would be very little contact with him and it seemed more comfortable than a harness (which I had already been advised against many times on here) Unfortunately I had to work the day of his appointment so it was my boyfriend who brought him in, not me. And when my boyfriend brought him back home, he was inside of a harness anyway. My boyfriend told me that what they described to him was that they thought it would be easier to maintain in the long run. They warned him that he suffered "a little scale loss" as a result of them handling him so much to fit him for it so they prescribed us more baytril injections and salt dips to make sure he wouldn't get any infections. Well, when my boyfriend got him out of the bucket and into the main tank it was very clear that it was more than just a little scale loss. As you can see by the following picture, he suffered skin damage as well. He had small chunks of skin and scales just dangling off of his side, and his skin underneath was bright red. In this one, you can see the damage to his fins clearly. His right pectoral fin wound up getting stuck like that inside of the harness repeatedly, even after I was able to push it under. By the end of the week he had NO fin left and it was just a small, brown stub that he wasn't able to move. Despite the fact that he was now elevated, his wounds made him severely lethargic. His appetite was almost gone, he wouldn't try to swim and he barely even moved his gills. Afraid of infection, I left him inside of the harness to help keep him off of the bottom of the tank since there was still a small amount of sand that I was afraid of him brushing against. Leaving him in the harness wound up being the biggest mistake I've ever had. The harness cut into BOTH sides of him throughout the week. His dorsal fin was almost completely deteriorated, His anal fins turned into those white stumps you see along his bottom, and his caudal fins became bent and developed sores. As soon as I saw blood coming off of his side one day while feeding, I made the instant decision to cut him out of the harness and take my chances with him just laying on the bottom of the tank. Now that he's been out of a harness for about a week and a half, he's starting to heal and his fins are very slowly coming back... but I can't stand the fact that he was put through something like this all because I was desperate to get him off of the bottom of the tank. Even though I would have never chosen to put a harness on him, I hope this stands as a lesson that: HARNESSES ARE NOT A CURE FOR SWIM BLADDER PROBLEMS Vets are humans too and of course they make mistakes, so please be quick to educate them about the dangers of them if any of yours suggest it. (I can't judge what the intent of the "specialist" above my vet wanted out of all of this....but it was his idea, not hers.) ==================================================== My vet meant well, and she only wanted to help Suna... but sometimes, you just have to know when it's time to STOP messing with your fish!!! I know how difficult it can be, believe me. Overall I spent $800-900 for treating Suna... which was honestly money I couldn't afford to spend. I drained my savings and couldn't afford go to summer school anymore, but I love my fish so much that any chance of "fixing" him was worth more than all of the money in the world to me. I do not regret the X-rays, because they helped me learn what was wrong with him to begin with and they helped me learn the 2nd time around that his swim bladder was not functioning anymore. What I regret is that I was so focused on what I wanted for my fish, and how I wanted him to swim again so badly, but this whole time he has been happy and healthy on the bottom. Had I just left him that way, he wouldn't be hurting now. Suna's swim bladder is as fixed as it probably ever will be. I've accepted that he's going to be permanently disabled, but as long as he still flips around in excitement every time he sees me... I think he's fine with it. This post has been promoted to an article
  7. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit * Water temperature? 62 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons 9 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? sunsun canister 40 gallon * How often do you change the water and how much? 2-3 wk * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1 55% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 9inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? repashy soilent and supper green mix/peas once day * Any new fish added to the tank? none * Any medications added to the tank?none * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? My goldfish started acting up a few weeks in to Feb he was laying upside down with his face on the bottom. I did a fasting for 3 days then peas still didn't help. Then I stayed up for 48 hours and I noticed that when the light was turned off he was laying normally like fish should when sleeping. I shined my iphone light to the tank and moments later noticed he was upside down so I turned it off. I then be began to watch tv then noticed he was right side up. As it gets close to bed time he goes upside down till the light turns off. During the day he will float normally and swim normally like a healthy fish should. He seems healthy and happy but when it gets time for bed and it is dark in my room he turns upside down till all lights have been turned off.
  8. Posting here because I've tried practically everything (will list) and can't seem to get her up and about. First, here's a video: Background: We relocated and have been in place for several months. The local water has a high PH and, when tested, shows some ammonia, so we were using filtered bottled water until we could get tap water to be just right. We obtained PH correctors and learned from our LFS that the ammonia showing on the test is just chloramines and it is always like this in our area, so we picked up the suggested water conditioner (Seachem Prime) and began using tap water. Our goldies seem to do best in 6.8-7.0 PH, so we’ve been adjusting accordingly, but my orange telescope eye started getting floaty and having trouble staying upright. We did research on swim bladder and hadn’t seen her do her business in a while, so we fed peas and she seemed to get better, but was bottom sitting a lot afterward. Our black moor started bullying her, so we put her in quarantine (10 gallon bare bottom). Since then, she keeps switching from floating to bottom sitting – it’s like she gets bound up and we keep having to treat her. We have used Epsom salts (intense solution dips and light solution in tank), peas, Pimafix, Melafix, fasting, cleaning filters really well, cleaning the tank really well, frequent water changes, and she is still as you see her in the video. Right now, she’s in a 20g quarantine (we picked up a 40+g bowfront and swapped her into the bigger tank) with about 3 tsp of Epsom salts and has been fasted for 1 day. I’m curious to see if anyone has any alternatives to the standard swim bladder treatments – I’m worried she (I’m 90% sure she’s female due to breeding behavior observed earlier) might have eggs bound up or something else… Any suggestions are welcome – Thank you all!!
  9. Hello, We have 3 fish - Spot, George & Kitty. They're all beautiful fan tails. But Kitty has a problem. About a week and a half ago, maybe even two weeks she started just sitting on the bottom. She's the smallest and normally the most active, always coming to visit when we got near the tank, but she just sat. I did some reading and took her out and into a separate bowl where she fasted for two days. Then I cooked some peas, took the hulls off and fed them to her (I cut them up a little first). But she turned her nose up at them. I believe she's constipated - I haven't seen her poop in some time. I read that feeding them food that sinks is a good idea because with floating flakes they sometime get some air with the food and that's not good, could be a cause for swim bladder problems, which btw is what I believe her problem is. Well, she didn't eat the peas and was getting sort of frantic in the bowl, though it was plenty large and not confining. So we put her back in the tank. Now she sits for awhile and then tries to swim around but it's obviously difficult for her and she darts up to the surface and take gulps of air (to help her buoyancy?). The bubbles come out and she sinks back to the bottom. And she won't eat either. We are distraught. Our kitty is having a hard time. What can we do? I do hope someone can give us some advice. I tried on another forum but no one answered for over a week.
  10. Hi All, A long time reader of these threads but my first post. I've a small problem with my beloved comet that has persisted for the last few months. He appears to suffer swim bladder that flares up after each feeding and then subsides in a few hours. It never reaches a degree where he cannot remain correctly orientated, rather he'll remain on the surface unless having a reason to forage around the tank or, when negatively buoyant, rest pointing upwards in a star gazing fashion. Otherwise, he is very healthy and shows no noticeable swelling. I've tried the usual treatment for constipation of starvation for 3 days followed by peas for 3 days and then epsom salt treatment. Neither were successful. I then tried a non-antibiotic anti-bacterial (if that makes sense) water treatment but again with no success. The only treatments for causes that I know of and have yet to try are antibiotics (impossible to get here in the UK with a veterinary prescription) and anti-parasitic. However, given that I appear to have eliminated constipation as a cause and given the rather predictable/mechanical nature of symptoms (directly after feeding), I'm starting to wonder if this is not a physiological issue rather than an infection of some sort. Would anyone have any advice that may help? He's about 3 inches (excluding the tail) and I estimate a couple of years old but can't be certain as he was a rescue fish. My tank is a fully planted 75 gal/300 liter high-tech with immaculate RO/DI water and a constant 10ppm nitrate (fertilizer-derived, minimal via fish waste). Apart from a dozen or so red ramshorn snails, he has one companion - a common female goldfish of the same size and also a rescue. Any and all advice greatly received David
  11. Hi there, Sorry to introduce myself so abruptly, but I'm scared for my new ranchu Hiro. I received him from Dandy Oranda on August 28 and I thought he was just recovering from shipment, but he is still sluggish. He ate a little gel food on the first day, but hasn't touched anything since. He mostly just sits on the bottom of the hospital tub and when he does swim, it's with a rocky lopsided motion. I've tried to give him peas, but he won't eat them. I noticed he had clear stringy poop on the second day, but nothing since. We moved him to a 16 gal. qt tub filled with 10 gal. of water from a 55 gallon tank that held plants and two small goldfish last night. The water in the tub is treated with Kanaplex because we thought it might be a bacterial issue and he had a torn fin. Here are the stats of the hospital tub: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) o * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)6.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API strips and drops * Water temperature? 72 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? He was in a 55 gal running about a month with established media * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqua top canister filter * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly 75% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 3 days * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 goldfish ( 3"-4" oranda and ryukin and a 4" ranchu) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Stress coat * What do you feed your fish and how often? Soilent green gel food, fresh veggies, blood worms * Any new fish added to the tank? Ranchu * Any medications added to the tank? Kanaplex and garlic juice to hospital tub * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 1 dose of Kanaplex, 1 tbsp. of garlic juice * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Torn fin, probably from shipment * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Staying at the bottom and not swimming Also, I shot a quick video to show his movement:
  12. Hi everyone, I have been on the site for almost a year and decided to finally create an account. Lots of lovely goldfish photos and content that I enjoy going through. A miracle has really taken place over the last few weeks with my beautiful red ryukin which is by far my most favorite fish and problematic lol. I will post pictures of all my fish soon but I wanted to tell a quick story and a big thank you for everyone who posted anything in regards to swim bladder on the site as I have been reading up on it here since the problem occurred. My fish is growing fast and has a very tall back and circular body which makes her prone to floatiness and balance issues that are normally quickly fixed. My main tank is really overstocked and I have really been actively looking for a larger one which I think I have succeeded in (will post more about it this week). I just wanted to say that my fish was knocking on deaths door upside down and being pushed around in the qt tank like a leaf from an airstone! I came close to putting her own a few times but things have gotten progressively better in these last 3 days. She has FINALLY started eating frozen brine shrimp after nothing for 2 weeks very slowly!! she was not eating her usual pre-soaked pellets that i attempted to hand feed her. i was never so happy to see poop in a tank before lol Also, she is swimming most of the time somewhat normally now.. she just dips forward sometimes when she can't keep herself upright but that is really only once in a while. I just am so so sooo happy I had to share because i'm sure you all know how it feels when your fish (esp. a favorite lol) isn't doing good and you feel a little stuck. We aren't out of the woods yet but i am keeping a close eye on her all day.First week in hospital tank was treated with furn 2 (I read a discus story about that on google) and 2nd week i switch to tetracycline (both API). I switched because I saw no real benefit with the furan 2 and was recommended tetra by another hobbyist. Might not have been the right choice but its what i did. I thought it was a bacterial infection because of my main tank's poor water conditions and her being prone to this sort of thing. Since wed.I have given her a salt dip for the past 3 days and they have seemed to help but I am going to stop the antibiotics and dip for now and just keep her hospital as I feel like this will just take time. I really don't want to stress her with more antibiotics at this point. I really want her to rest, slowly eat and just have clean water because she is definitely healing. I am not sure if there is any permanent damage but there is actually a vet that treats fish (a visit alone is $97.25) and i will bring her in if her healing comes to a halt or if she relapses. Here is a photo of her in the shallow 5 gal. quarantine tub taken today and others from last week. You can see the huge difference!! I just want to be as easy as i can with her now as i I want her swim bladder to have a break from the salt and meds. I dosed her for the full time anyway that is stated by API.. Wow, that was a mouthful but things keep getting better with her and I wanted to just share a nice, positive,uplifting story with everyone!! Thanks again and any input is gladly welcomed! -Mike One week ago Today!
  13. This guy really loves his goldfish. I just thought I'd share this video link. It made me so happy to see the love this guy has for his pet. Sorry I havent been on in such a long time. My Cheese is doing well! XD http://screen.yahoo.com/amazing-goldfish-saved-life-vest-233033366.html
  14. * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 * Nitrate level (Tank): 0 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrate level (Tap): 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): I don't know * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): I don't know * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?: API drops. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?: It's an external filter that came with the tank, so I'm assuming its adequate. * What kind of water additives or conditioners?: Interpret Bioactive tapsafe. * Water temperature?: Around 18C * How often do you change the water and how much?: I change about a third of the water weekly. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?: 5 days ago - a third of the water changed. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?: 180l (which i think is around 50 gal) - running for at least 6 months. * How many fish in the tank and their size?: 4 small fancies and one medium fancy. * What do you feed your fish and how often?: Flake food, every day once a day. * Any new fish added to the tank?: Not recently. * Any medications added to the tank?: None. * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.): Nope. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?: Nothing visible. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?: Very erratic swimming, almost like she's drunk. Sometimes she stays still on the surface of the water, floating upside down. Another fish in the tank spends a lot of time bottom-sitting. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.: I've treated the fish with suspected swim bladder issues with salt, but this was at least eight-ten months ago, and it was for white spot. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. So basically, my beautiful calico fantail has been having a lot of issues lately with what I suspect is problems with her swim bladder. It's been going on for weeks, at least a month probably, and seems to come on in waves. She swims around the tank very floatily, looking like she's drunk. Last night she spend hours floating upside down on the surface of the water, absolutely still. I did worry that she was dead, but she was very responsive as soon as I went up to the glass. Like I said, this has been going on for a few weeks now, and where I first thought it would go away with peas and time, I'm starting to think that I need to do something to help her out. I've had the fish for almost a year, and she started out in a tiny tank that was way too small for her, with shocking water quality because I was so misinformed about how to look after goldfish. I'm worried that she's struggling because of that now. She had white spot in that tank, which I treated with salt, and she recovered. I'm not sure that this tank she is in now is cycled to be honest, because I'm getting 0 reading for everything. I've definitely seen ammonia and nitrites, but now they are both reading 0 and I haven't had a nitrate reading yet. My tank is quite heavily planted, so wondering if this is the reason for that. I would just really appreciate some help on getting my fish better. She's such a character and has been through so much that she's survived, and I don't want simple sbd to be the end of her. I have a ten gallon tank that I can set up as a quarantine, and salt to treat her (if that will help), but I wanted to get some advice from you guys first. Edit: I forgot to mention, it always seems to get worse just after feeding. This is usually when she starts to float upside down at the top of the tank.
  15. Hello everyone! OK so I basically set up my profile here on Kokos just for help with my situation! Just to warn any of you and I know I might sound like a charity case or a hopeless case or whatever but I'm doing the best I can do, no I can't afford Metromeds or a quarantine tank, water test kits or something like that, but I'm just looking for advice on what I can do, still living within my means! I really do love this site for the kindness of all members and the patient everyone has. Ok, I don't have a water test kit, I don't know any of my levels, and yes I know this is a crucial step but getting one right now just isnt an option and I dont live in the USA to go to Petsmart to get my water checked! I do think though that my water is fine, at least ok for my fish, I've had my 3/5 of my fish for a year now and there hasn't been any water problems, my filter has plenty of beneficial bacteria and I feel like with this issue, my water isn't the case! I am overstocked, at the beginning of my fish journey last december I got 2 comets and regret the decision and I'm finding it hard to find a suitable pond for them and my mom suddenly thinks "they have earned their place in the tank, they are staying!" I will have them in the pond soon, it's my mission! It's a 30 gallon with a black moor, oranda and fantail, and my 2 comets. So my black moor and oranda are constantly at the surface gulping up air especially after feedings (I do water changes weekly, large ones, I promise!) and I'm wondering WHY do they do this and it really upsets me to see them floating afterwards. My black moor goes upside and has done a headstand once and he is my favourite so I really want the best for him, but all my fish deserve the best care I can provide. So that is my swim bladder story and I have no idea why they do this, I have an air stone and my filter provides water movement and little bubbles throughout the water, I do water changes, I feed them peas almost every day, (I need to get back into feeding them pre-soaked flakes) They eat the peas then float I just don't get it, peas are supposed to help with swim bladder issues and it doesnt anymore? Then tonight I noticed on my black moor that he has a white patch around his throat area? Only noticed it tonight, added Fungal & Fin rot medication and will just have to see from there. He has been the subject to fungus before but pulled through and he seems to be the one with the most problems (SBD, fungus) I will attach pictures. With the angle I took the picture it looks raised, it is verrrry slightly, I think I caught it early before it really took shape. Added the medicine, probably have to buy more because it's almost gone. And sorry the quality isn't very good at all Here is the link to my blog for the pics! http://goldfisheaven.blogspot.ie/2013/01/swim-bladder-fungus.html And here is the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqQN_QFfiwY&feature=youtu.be I really feel like a train wreck and I'm so sorry to have to do this to my fish and not have the right equipment or space for them but I am trying to do the best I can provide and I feel like that's all I can do. I'm sorry to anyone reading this and probably getting a headache reading this, as more and more problems create. Overall I feel like my tank is not toxic, the water is pretty good, it is not horrifically overstocked, medicine in, big water change tomorrow (it's late), I'm keeping a close eye even though I feel super stressed out. I mean, school is starting for me on Monday and my fish isn't in tip top condition I'm asking anyone with experience to please give me advice and thank you in advance, like I said I can't give you water parameters or go out and buy something expensive, I dont live in the USA so prices are different! Thank you so much!
  16. I came across this NPR audio story today while searching for goldfish information. I thought it was really interesting, so I wanted to share it with you guys! Apparently a while after the procedure, the plastic tag they used came out of the fish. So they performed the procedure again, but this time using a tag that biologists use to tag wild fish with. I have not heard anything about whether the second try was successful long-term or not. If it was successful long-term, I think this may possibly be a good alternative to slings which can be irritating. Here's a link to the story, to listen click the little icon next to the word "listen". http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4494238 Here are some images of the fish. During the procedure: After; you can see the cork they attached to the tag that was inserted:
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