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clakers
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swimming sideways now upside down
« on: June 18, 2010, 10:33:01 PM »

My fish was swimming sideways and upside down sometimes and we moved him into his own space but now he is just floating around upside down will he be okay?
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Mindemae
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2010, 10:38:45 PM »

Sounds like a swim bladder problem or constipation.
Add aquarium salt to his water...1 TBS per every 5 gallons of watr and feed him nothing for a day or two and then give him frozen peas popped out of their skin and thawed slightly.
If this doesn't help you could try feeding him an oral antibiotic fish food. Smiley
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Katarine
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2010, 10:40:41 PM »

does he move sometimes? gill movements? SOMETHING? if hes just floating upside down hes dead, sweetheart.

what does he look like? whats your water testing at?

do as Mindemae said. thats all I can offer
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clakers
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2010, 10:52:47 PM »

He isn't moving alot he is just floating but if you tap on the side of the tank he will try to swim the right way. When he is just floating his gils are moving and his lips are moving. I am not sure but he is really fat and short, kinda like a ball with a tail.

he is also in a tank with 4 other fish.
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Katarine
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2010, 10:57:47 PM »

alright that sounds like Bloat to me. aquarium salt (5tsp per gallon) and maybe melafix. Im not sure on that stuff though.
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Katarine
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2010, 10:59:11 PM »

or dropsy. maybe dropsy.
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Mindemae
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2010, 11:00:28 PM »

Are his fins clamped?
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2010, 11:04:00 PM »

Will he still eat?  If he is still eating you could try a piece of epsoms salts.  Drop it near him and see if he will eat it.
That will also help if your fish is constipated.  Constipation puts an awful lot of pressure on the swim bladder and the fish can't control his swim movements then.  Boyancy becomes an issue.
Well keep us updated. Good luck! Smiley
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2010, 11:05:25 PM »

and test your water! Tongue not to be bossy, but thats a big thing.
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clakers
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2010, 12:03:52 AM »

his fins are fine they are working and everything. now he is swimming upside down and backwards!! i think he is crazy. he is trying to swim right but he finally gets the right way and then rolls over and floats up to the top.
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2010, 12:11:23 AM »

it sounds like somethings up with his swim bladder, so you might want to stop feeding him for a few days, then feed peas. see if that clears him up.
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2010, 05:35:46 AM »

Sounds like swim bladder problem to me.
Please follow the advice already given, cannot add more  Undecided Please keep us updated ihope he's getting better soon
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Re: swimming sideways now upside down
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2010, 12:05:25 PM »

swim bladder  Goldfish with is problem have a floating problem either they are sinkers or floaters. The Fancy goldfish in general seem to have this problem. High levels of nitrates, not soaking there food and bad water quality can cause this problem. 

its small stomach swells and puts pressure on the swim bladder hence the strange behavior. Or if your goldfish is constipated its digestive tract is clogged up, and again putting pressure on this important buoyancy organ.
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