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Hi all,


All of my fish were just fine as of last night, but this morning when I woke up, my black Oranda seems to have come down with bad SBD. I found her floating at the top corner of the tank, her usual spot to rest, but she has been on her side and also with her belly up. It is possible I was a little heavy handed with last night's feed of Hikari Lionhead pellets. I just fed everyone peas.


This fish has gotten a little "tippy" before, but after a round of peas she'd always go back to normal. I have never seen it this bad. She likes to come up to the surface and pop air bubbles for fun too, which I'm sure doesn't help but I'm not sure how to stop that behavior, haha. Is there anything else I can do for her? I feel so bad for her, and sad :(







Test Results for the Following:

  • * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.25
  • * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0
  • * Nitrate level(Tank) 5-10
  • * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.50
  • * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 
  • * Nitrate level(Tap) 5
  • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2
  • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0
  • Other Required Info:
    • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Kit, drops
    • * Water temperature? not sure
    • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60 gallons, I upgraded about a month ago
    • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Rena Filstar XP3 L Canister, Penguin 200 HOB
    • * How often do you change the water and how much? 40%, once a week (more if needed)
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days, 40%
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 fish, 2 small, 1 medium, 1 large
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Aquarium Salt
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead, 2x day, frozen brine shrimp, peas
    • * Any new fish added to the tank? yes, one just came out of QT
    • * 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. none in this new tank
    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no
    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? just the SBD behavior :(


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Sorry to hear about your fish.  SBD is :thumbdown


I would suggest fasting for a couple of days followed by a day or two of peas or red leaf lettuce (I prefer this over peas as it really gets my fish moving :o ). 


Keep us posted.  :D

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Thanks, everyone. She has been improving throughout the day. I just did a 30-40% water change, as when I re-tested for nitrates, the levels looked between 20-40. Earlier I got a very pale orange, and I know the API nitrate test can be tricky, so to be on the safe side I did a change. 


My newest addition is prone to SBD as well. I just ordered some gel food to incorporate into their diet to hopefully minimize this problem. Today was the first time I'd actually seen either of them go full-on belly up -- it's kind of scary! 


This fish in particular likes to skim the surface, presumably looking for food. I wish there was a way to get her to stop doing that! I've never fed them floating pellets so I have no idea why she does this! 

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