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Help please!
« on: November 25, 2010, 01:16:10 PM »

So i have two blackmoors and recently one of them, who has always been the fatter one, is having trouble swimming. If he stops swimming he floats to the top and just hangs upside down. I know hes still alive cuz I see him breathing and if i move or tap the tank he swims around again. Is he sick or dying? I dont really know much about fish but I know his behavior is not normal. His belly has gotten bigger and he has a white stringy like thing coming from his butt. Someone have any advice for me? Please help.
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Re: Help please!
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2010, 02:41:40 PM »

You're probably feeding him an inappropriate diet. Have a look at this post to find guidelines for how to feed your goldfish, good, healthy food! --> (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.)

While you're at it, you could test the water's pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Just to be sure everything's okay.
After (I MEAN AFTER) that is done, you can stop feeding your fish for a day or two and then feed them both ONLY frozen peas that you thaw and pop out of their shells.
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Re: Help please!
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2010, 02:03:57 AM »

Nossie covered it Smiley It is probably swim bladder disease which could be caused by a poor diet and/or bad water quality. Feel lucky you are being given prober advice, when I was much younger and less experience I had a fantail with a slight swim bladder problem, I was told to stop feeding it flakes and instead feed him sinking pellets. That was correct advice but I also needed to know much more! If I did the fish could have still been alive today Sad
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Re: Help please!
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2010, 02:21:30 AM »

The thawed and shelled frozen pea method saved my little buddy and improvement was seen within 24 hrs from start of feeding. Not too many at first either maybe 2-3 each fish and break up the pea halves into quarters or smaller and feed. Good luck,  it will help them and get on top of the water conditions as already mentioned, these members helped me save my goldfish and he's thriving now!
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