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Swim Bladder Issue in a Nine Year Old Blackmoor

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Hi all!

I have a nine year old, female, blackmoor goldfish. In the last year she has had several episodes of struggling not to float to top of the tank. I've solved these issues with fasting and diet. Two weeks ago she sank to the bottom of the tank and is stuck there in an upright position. Initially I put her through the same fast and diet change that worked in the past. She is not constipated and is still eating well but cannot leave the bottom of the tank. My tanks numbers are optimum, I do 70% water changes weekly, my filter is cleaned every 30 days and she is the only fish in the tank. The only water additive I did was aquarium salt when she went to the bottom. I've removed 50% of the water in the 40 gallon tank so she can, (with effort) get to the suface. I've also removed all elements from the tank so she has room to skim along the bottom and gather up food. I'm thinking that this is a permanent situation as I've read that this often happens in "fancy goldfish", but would greatly appreciate suggestions for getting her swimming again. 

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It does sound like it might be permanent if no factors have changed and you’re certain of your tank chemistry.  I have a fish in the same boat with swimbladder that used to be exacerbated by diet but not just seems permanent.  He struggles to get down from the top of the tank and almost always rests upside down and on his side because of how his is deformed.  
 

They can deflate or change with age, for sure.  It’s unusual but happens from time to time.  You’re not seeing any pine coning or asymmetrical swelling, right?

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One more question, have you seen her clamping at all?  Breathing heavily?

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Sorry to hear you're having a similar issue Taryl. Yes, I'm certain my tank chemistry is good. There's been no changes to speak of. She does have some slight asymmetrical swelling. She had this when I first got her but she evened out years ago with good care. I rescued her from a horribly kept tank and got her through a number of illnesses. She not exhibiting pine coning, clamping or heavy breathing. She'll struggle to the surface at feeding time to let me know she's ready to eat, and then skim the bottom to pick up food. But she's mostly stationary the rest of the time. I hate to see her like this. She doesn't seem to be struggling or in pain so I'm not prepared to euthanize her at this point.

Karen

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