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Fantail Floatiness

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    Test Results for the Following:
  • * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.25 ppm
  • * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 ppm
  • * Nitrate level (Tank): 15 ppm
  • * Ammonia Level (Tap): ~0.1 ppm
  • * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 ppm
  • * Nitrate level (Tap): 0 ppm
  • * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 8.0
  • * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): ~7.4
    Other Required Info:
  • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops
  • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Tetra Whisper 20gal
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra AquaSafe
  • * Water temperature? 75*F
  • * How often do you change the water and how much? ~30% once a week

  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday, ~5gal
  • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20gal, 1 week but upgraded from established 10gal
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 7 (was 8 until a few days ago), avg size 2in (not fat, they're babies)
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Aqueon sinking pellets once daily plus some veggies
  • * Any new fish added to the tank? 1 when I upgraded
  • * Any medications added to the tank? Some Furan-2 last week, but it should be filtered out by now
  • * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.): nitrogen-cycle shock
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? fish that just died had major fin-fray, oranda has lesions and black fin tips getting worse, white ryukin has a few small red veins in tail, fantail gets floaty sometimes
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? the fish that just died was bottom-sitting but the others are fine, appetite seems decreased
  • * 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 Ick a few times in old tank, Furan-2 recently

I have a small fantail who gets really floaty sometimes, but I can't be sure of the cause because the floating seems sporadic. Sometimes, a few hours after he eats, he'll float upside down or sideways inside the top of a barrel decoration (he's figured this out instead of floating at the surface). Sometimes at night, he'll have trouble staying away from the surface, or he'll even float for so long he appears dead. But this isn't every day.

My question is: does this sound like his food is making him floaty (currently, I do not soak it first)? or is this perhaps something more serious, such as a swim bladder issue from being overcrowded?

I can try to get a picture if that's needed.

Edited by LauraThe3xplora

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This sounds like a food related issue. I would do a couple of things:

1. Reduce the amount of commercial food you are feeding, or do away with it altogether. The general rule is tiny bits of food several times a day is much better than one big lump sum. Goldfish do not have stomachs, so the excess food will just go to waste.

2. Try making your own food. I see that you've been looking at the gel food recipes on here. That's a great start.

3. Buy commercial gel food mixes. Not cheap, but it does work, provided that you still don't overfeed. :)

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This sounds like a food related issue. I would do a couple of things:

1. Reduce the amount of commercial food you are feeding, or do away with it altogether. The general rule is tiny bits of food several times a day is much better than one big lump sum. Goldfish do not have stomachs, so the excess food will just go to waste.

2. Try making your own food. I see that you've been looking at the gel food recipes on here. That's a great start.

3. Buy commercial gel food mixes. Not cheap, but it does work, provided that you still don't overfeed. :)

Ok, maybe I just better switch to making my own. I didn't know small portions were better, but that makes sense now that you say it. I can feed them the homemade gel as a replacement for the pellets, right?

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Yes, that's what I did :)

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