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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. 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.
  7. 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!!
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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:
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