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Hi, I'm new to goldfish and i think one of my goldies has a problem.

She seems to be struggling to keep to the lower parts of the aquarium. She spends most of the time at the surface and as soon as she swims downwards towards the gravel and stops, she simply floats to the surface. She is continually trying to swim downwards but it seems like the water is pushing her up. (same as what happens to a human being when he dives). My other goldie hasn't got these problems and spends most of her time near the gravel.

what can the problem be?

Thanks for your help!!!!!

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Hi antoine,

welcome to kokos!

From the symptoms u've described, my initial reaction is that ur fish is suffering SBD or swim bladder disease.

However, SBD can be caused by a variety of reasons. In order for us to pinpoint the problem, we need you to answer as many questions in the the white box above.

For now, I suggest you to do a 50% waterchange, just for preliminary measures.

Hope to hear from you again.

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Guest Kiki Lola

I'm fairly new to fishkeeping myself, but it does sound like SBD to me. Is your fish swimming off-balance (on it's side, spinning or spiralling around the tank, as though it can't swim straight)? If so, it may well be SBD. But it's treatable! :)

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thanks for your welcome and quick reply....but what questions do I have to answer? couldn't find them!!!!


Ah, I'm sorry, I thought this topic is on "diagnosis & discussion"

Here are the questions that you have to answer. Please do as best as you can:

* Test Results for the Following:

Ammonia Level?

Nitrite Level?

Nitrate level?

Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)?

Ph Level out of the Tap?

* 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 fish in the tank and their size?

# What kind of water additives or conditioners?

# Any medications added to the tank?

# Add any new fish to the tank?

# What do you feed your fish?

# 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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