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derekcomins
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floating upside down
« on: March 03, 2012, 12:33:36 PM »

my goldfish is about 17cm long and about 20cm round, (mostly belly)he was like this when we had it given to us;

Last week he suddenly was upside down and not swimming, every now and again he turns upright for a few seconds and then back to upside down, please help;
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scrivens345
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Re: floating upside down
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2012, 12:51:51 PM »

hmm, sounds like a swim bladder issue..
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fantailer
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Re: floating upside down
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2012, 06:26:11 PM »

Please don't feed the fish for a few days and then feed defrosted unskinned peas.
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Pearlscaled
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Re: floating upside down
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2012, 11:05:43 PM »

As previously stated, this is most likely a swim bladder issue. This can come from multiple things, be it water quality, pellets expanding in the stomach, overfeeding, or a few other things.

The best way to solve this is to do a water change, fast the fish for a couple days (they can go around 10 days without food), and then feed it boiled, deskinned, chopped peas. This helps clear out the blockage, and your fish will love it too.

Hope I can help, and best of luck,
Pearlscaled
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Nossie
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Re: floating upside down
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2012, 12:07:13 PM »

Aside from the great advice already given, you could try buying some Epsom salts, available at any pharmacy Smiley You can then add a dosage of 1/4th teaspoon per gallon of water. This works as a muscle relaxant/laxative for goldfish and should also help, aside from the water change, fasting and pea diet... Wink
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lisag
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Re: floating upside down
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2012, 12:17:23 PM »

hi yesterday i got given a fantail fish not sure if its a ryukin, unfortunalty i think it has a problem.
with its swim bladder its swimming normal one minute and the next minute its lying on his back.
i,ve tryed peas with the little guy, i wishing and hoping i can save him lisag
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Re: floating upside down
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2012, 12:19:54 PM »

As it's already been mentioned swim bladder can be caused by a few things.

Do you know what your water parameters are Lisag? I.e. ammonia, nitrites and nitrates?
You can either take a water sample to a store and get it tested, or purchase a liquid test kit to use on your own at home Smiley

It could be a water quality issue, so by testing we can rule it out.
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lisag
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Re: floating upside down
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012, 12:29:08 PM »

well i know the tank is a 64 litres its a fishbox tank which i only paid 20 pounds.
i,ve got google,s my telescope fantail in the tank aswell cause i had him in a cool marina tank
so i could give them more room, but im not about the parameters.
but i really hope he,ll be ok lisag.
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Re: floating upside down
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2012, 01:53:00 PM »

It's far too small for two goldfish, for a moor, it would barely be enough but he'd get by.
Here's what you should do:
- Go to the pet store with a sample of your tank water, say a cupful or so, ask them to test pH, Ammonia, nitrite and nitrates (THIS IS IMPORTANT!!) or buy yourself a test kit for these parameters, you'll need one eventually either way.
- Perform an average water change (say 50-60% of the tank volume), vacuum the gravel and add a water conditioner and beneficial bacteria (such as Prime by Seachem or similar products).
- Don't feed the fish anything for a few days and later feed them only de-frosted, skinned peas Smiley

This should by all means help, unless the fish has something more severe going on.
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lisag
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Re: floating upside down
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2012, 05:12:15 PM »

hi guys just to let you know, my gold is a lot better.
hes swimming better than he was but he still has an issue being upside down.
i,ve been putting swimm bladder treatment in the water so i think theres an improvement.
aswell as the peas i have been giving him. lisag
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Re: floating upside down
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2012, 03:28:53 AM »

Could be that the little guy has some chronic swim bladder issues for whatever reason, so you need to feed him mostly vegetables from now on, and change out 50-60% of the water every week if you want to keep him healthy Smiley
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Re: floating upside down
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2012, 03:52:53 AM »

swim bladder can be caused by floating pellets
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