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Margaret123
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Possible Swim Bladder Problem
« on: February 23, 2010, 02:09:47 PM »

 I have had two goldfish since the beginning of december and everything seemed to be fine until about three weeks ago - the smaller of the two was starting to swell up (he had slight swelling from inception) and appeared to be lethargic!  However, last Wednesday evening I went to feed them and he was upside down at the top of the tank gasping for air!  I got a shock called the vet and he said it was possibly swim bladder issue - to starve him for a few days and then add some shelled peas and go to the pet shop and see if they could help!
I starved the fish in a separation tank - his trail became clear and he now has no trail - so I thought he could have been constipated and thus caused the problem.  Spoke to the pet shop and they gave me some solution to put in the water to help - Revitaliser Tonic this seems to have made him more perky so I put him in with the other fish for about an hour and a half the day before yesterday and found him at the bottom of the tank upside down - I was trying to get him to eat the bugs that the pet shop also gave for me to feed to him over the weekend!  The other fish taught him to eat them (most of them anyway).
The fish is looking brighter and more active but he is still swollen and swimming sometimes upside down in his tank - has anyone got any advice.  Thanks.
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Nossie
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Re: Possible Swim Bladder Problem
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 02:28:48 PM »

How is your tank? Are you testing the water regularly? Water quality problems are usually the cause of swim bladder problems. Try moving him to a hospital tank and treating him with salt. Feeding him peas or worms might help as well (:
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Margaret123
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Re: Possible Swim Bladder Problem
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2010, 02:43:00 PM »

Water is reasonable quality - I have him in a hospital tank - will try the peas and see how that goes.  Thanks.
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Re: Possible Swim Bladder Problem
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2010, 02:55:36 PM »

Hi Margaret,
You can also drop pieces of epsom salt in and see if you can get him to eat a piece.  Sometimes this will help.
Sometimes swim bladder problems always stay with the fish and he will have to be on a special diet of live/frozen foods and chopped spinach, peas , oranges etc., for the rest of his life.
You say he swells up and this also could be a symptom of Dropsy.  Sometimes Dropsy is caused by a bacterial infection.  Put your fish in his hospital tank and add 1 TBS of salt per 5 gallons.
Feed a medicated fish food.  You can get antibiotic fish food at your local pet store. 

One other treatment that you might try is to put 250 mg of Furanace in one gallon of water and put your fish in this for one hour.  Then put him back in his hospital tank.  Repeat this for 2 more days.

Good luck and please keep us posted! Smiley
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Margaret123
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Re: Possible Swim Bladder Problem
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2010, 04:45:27 PM »

Thanks for that will have to get some salts - as do not have any in at the moment - will keep you all updated - strange how a little fish can cause you such worry - I have become quite attached to them - they are looking at each other (if that is possible) through their respective tanks at the moment - how sad is that!!  I would just like to seem them back together full of the joie de vie!! 
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Margaret
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Re: Possible Swim Bladder Problem
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2010, 07:01:42 AM »

 Cry Hi Just to say my little fish died on Saturday evening - a bit of a shock as he was looking much better just still bloated.  I will have to get another one to keep my well fish company.  Thanks for the advice I shall keep the site in mind - it is very interesting and I have told otheres about it who  have fish so hopefully they will look in too!!
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Re: Possible Swim Bladder Problem
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2010, 03:23:53 AM »

Aww... that's sad ): At least you did your best!
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