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Swim Bladder Problems


Nick

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Hey,

iv got a goldfish that has swimbladder problems, most likely from some food i had fed him for about a week (floating pellets) as thats all i had.

i cant give many details at the moment, because i have to go... but the pH seems fine, i clean the tank probably once a fortnight, its a 55 gallon tank with 3 small feeders and 1 large one.

for the last 2 weeks he has been flat on his side just resting @ the bottom of the tank, trying to swim.... each day iv been trying to spend 20 minutes just trying to hold him up straight with my fingers, and trying to hand feed him, although he just wont eat. He puts the food in his mouth for about 30 seconds - 1 minute, but then just spits it out... I have tried feeding him soaked sinking foood, as well as peas - but i cant seem to get him to eat even the smallest piece..

any help would be appreciated... im afraid that he will die by starvation

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Please could you give us as much information as possible from box at top. Water test results are important as water quality problems need sorted before anything else.

There are also diseases that may appear to look like SBD but are not.

Please give us as much info as you possibly can exact water test results would be appreciated if you dont have a test kit take a sample of water to your LFS and ask them to test it and write down the results for you so you can post them here :)

you may also wish to read these

http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/disease.html

http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/care.html

http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/tensteps.html

http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/cycle.html

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I agree, more info will really help. With you only cleaning the tank every couple of weeks (that is a fortnight right? :) ) I imagine your nitrates are getting up there, which can cause SB problems in sensitive fish.

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Just as everyone else has said, we need more info, sometimes spitting out food can be a sign of other things going on.

I agree with everyone lol If you could fill out the box of questions we can help you best : )

Have you ever treated your fish for flukes with prazi?

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Yup - agreeing with everyone else.

Spitting, lying on the side and inappetance suggest something more than a swim-bladder problem.

Water is the first place to start. Ph alone does not provide enough information, so try to get drop test results for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, too. If you don't have a kit to hand (try to buy one asap) you could get readings from the local fish store - get exact numbers rather than 'good' or 'fine'.

Tell us if this fish is new or if any of the others have recently been added. Also, tell us a little more about your tank maintenance ie. how much water you change, if you vacuum the gravel and how you clean the filter etc.

All this will help us narrow down the cause of your fishes illness.

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Great posts everyone...

In addition to all this..I also think 55 gallons is small for 4 feeder/common goldfish..even if they are small...so I would pay extra attention to the filtration and cleaning schedule.. :)

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