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Hey there! So I have this tiny telescope eye goldfish in my 66 gallon tank. He's like 5 cm. I'd say. Which is kinda way too tiny for his age since I got him like 8 months ago. He's always had buoyancy issues, he floats up and it gets worse with feeding no matter what I feed and how much. Now since he's been in this big tank and he has always had to use a lot of energy to get down I think it has affected his growth. He's very smart, he wedges himself under plants to stay down, and I provides two terra cotta pots as well as a fry net on it's side with sand in it so he can rest but he still struggles and it makes me sad to see it. It's not really possible for me to set up a shallower tank or tub permanently for him and he would just be lonely. Now to my actual question. What do you guys think of the idea that I keep him in the tank, but in the fry net for a bit since the fry net is quite big and he is so small and not the best swimmer anyway, So he can grow a bit, can eat without using too much energy and such. He will still be able to see his 3 friends thru the net so he won't be lonely. It's just the only thing I can really do to help him get a little head start. Obviously what I could try is epsom salt baths or even swim bladder aspiration but I'm not confident enough to even anesthetize a fish let alone aspirate a swimbladder tbh. I'm sorry this is really freaking long but I'm just not sure what to do with him. I love him so much, he has so much character and is so friendly with humans but the just can't do much but float up and fight his way down again. I really don't want to euthanize him...
Hello again KoKolites, Amida my giant Ryu ( 8 inches to tail) is having real trouble righting herself. She was entirely upside down yesterday when I came home for Christmas celebrations- I righted her and since, although she has not gone completely belly up again she is hanging vertically and her belly is enormous and rock hard I strongly suspect this has to do with gulping at the surface looking for floating food, so I will definitely switch back to making jelly food for them if you think it will help. What I have to hand: Chloramine T, Octozin., Smaller QT Tank 15 x 11 inch. What I have already done: No food for 3 days, Peas this morning. Her external symptoms: She is still hanging from her nose, she can swim, she can breathe, I put the food close to her mouth so she could feed , so I don't know if it's realistic to say she can 'feed herself'. Video here: Should I move her to a smaller tank, medicate, wait it out ? I am keeping an eye on your other post regarding this too, asI know there is a smiliar on going on at the moment, so feel free to refer back to that if necessary! Thanks Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 40ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 40ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2-7.6 HPH 8.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2-7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API DROPS * Water temperature? 20C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 128 L 2 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqua Manta EFX 200 External Canister * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week 80 % * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 80 percent 5 days ago * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Chlorine remover Fluval * What do you feed your fish and how often? Tetra Pond Mix once/ twice a week * 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. Prazi and salt for flukes. Over a year ago now. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Her ventral fins were alittle bloody at the base i think from struggling to right herself so hard? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? She is hanging from her nose and swimming both on her back and sideways but can;t stay 'up'.
Hello! I'm new to this forum and need help with my fish who is not doing well, hopefully some of you will have some tips to help. I have copied the information table below, hopefully this is right, I still need to test for some of the info as I've only just been reunited with Mr Bojangles, my unwell fishy. I had to go abroad for work for 6 months and had to leave my 5 year old black moor with a friend. While I was away he developed swimbladder and can't stay upright. He stays on the bottom of the tank which has caused his side to 'rot'. I feel so bad for him and hope he's not been suffering too much. Any help is much appreciated, I can give more info if needed, just ask. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(tank) - 0 * Nitrite Level(tank) - 0.5 * Nitrate level(tank) - 0 * Ammonia Level(tap) - need to test * Nitrite Level(tap) - need to test * Nitrate level(tap) - need to test * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)- 6.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - need to test Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops by Nutrafin * Water temperature? 20C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 300L running for 10 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? All Pond Solutions 2000EF, 40L I think * How often do you change the water and how much? every 2 weeks, 30% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 30% 6 days ago * How many fish in the tank and their size? one black moor, 5 inches long (not including tail) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API conditioner, Bicarbonate of soda to buffer pH * What do you feed your fish and how often? twice a day, tetra pellets * 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. - I have used salt and Maracyn and Maracyn two. He is 5 years old so had quite a few treatments over the time. * 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.? - Thanks in advance!
How true is this statement? "Most swim bladder problems are caused by over-feeding with a diet too rich in protein and fats.". ----Steve, (rain garden guy). (A little context to his statement. I asked him did my two goldfish that I'm about to purchase have floating problems and the above statement was his reply.)