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My oranda was laying on its side bottom of tank

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Hi guys after 10 long years I have decided to start a tank again..


I’m already heart broken. Few weeks into my new fish and I noticed my beautiful bronze oranda swimming side ways then by the morning laying on its side at the bottom of tank.. she passed away within days 


can anyone tell me is this a swim bladder issue and did I kill her? 

also sadly I needed to get an urgent tank I currently have 4 oranda in a 72 litre tank till I set up my second hand tank I bought and cycle or is there an easier way.. how often and how much water change am I doing 

I know it’s over stocked 

Till I set this other tank up.. I’m scared I’ll kill these fish 


then I’ll be very disheartened 


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Hi there! I’m so sorry about your oranda. To get to the bottom of this we need some more information, pictures of the tank, no most importantly tested water, please :)


Was this tank fully cycled before the fish arrived?


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) 

* Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)

Other Required Info:

* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?

* Water temperature?

* Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

* What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?

* How often do you change the water and how much?

* How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?

* How many fish in the tank and their size?

* What kind of water additives or conditioners?

* What do you feed your fish and how often?

* Any new fish added to the tank?

* Any medications added to the tank?

* 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.?


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