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Loridae
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Please help losing my Bella to swim bladder issues!
« on: December 15, 2012, 03:18:11 PM »

Here is the history:  20 gal. Tank. Hanging filter rated for up to a 40 gal. tank.  Three fancy goldfish, roughly 4 inches each.  Bella, Bailey and Barney.  Had these Goldie's for 3 plus years and they have grown and thrived nicely. I do water changes once a week because I realize I should have a larger tank but I just have no where to put one at this time.  Tank had been perfect, tested regularly until two months ago when I was on vacation and the filter clogged.  When I came back I had to do a complete cleaning and even though I tried to salvage some of the water I had to go through 'new tank syndrome'.  Was tough and during this time I started having problems with Bella, a red cap (shaped like a heart awwww!) pure white oranda.  

At first it looked like dropsy, lifted scales, red gills, trouble swimming up right. Then everything seemed fine.  About a 10 days ago she's going upside down again.  SHE LOOKS ABSOLUTELY PERFECTLY HEALTHY.  No lifted scales, no red gills, she eats, she's alert and wants to even play, but she can only float upside down at top of tank.  Here's what I have tried:  feeding peas, Epsom salts in tank, bought a heater and keep the tank at 74 degrees, stopped feeding regular food, tank water is testing good and regular water changes. Please does anyone have any other ideas?  I can't bare to watch her like this but she's so healthy looking I hate to put her down.  Please help.  Loridae
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Skwishee
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Re: Please help losing my Bella to swim bladder issues!
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2012, 05:44:15 PM »

Sounds like swim bladder issues... how long did you feed the peas for? Did you feed them anything else while feeding peas?

Not sure if the epsom salt or heat helps with swim bladder issues, one of the others with more fancy goldfish experience can hopefully jump in there Wink
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fantailer
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Re: Please help losing my Bella to swim bladder issues!
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012, 08:00:36 AM »

Try not feeding Bella for 2 or 3 days and then feed peas.
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Annette61
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Re: Please help losing my Bella to swim bladder issues!
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2014, 12:32:20 PM »

Fantail always at bottom of tank and not feeding well   Huh  medium size 10 gal tank only one fish.
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