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taratron
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Is there anyway to cure buoyancy issues?
« on: April 11, 2009, 11:55:30 AM »

I have a very large (about 6 inches without fins) i believe to be fantail (although hes the strangest looking fantail ive ever seen! lol) and he appears to be having some buoyancy issues, hanging out at the top and having trouble staying down, he's trying to get down but he just keeps coming back up. Is there any certain food i can give him to maybe clean him out, in case he's just gassy or something? He also when he was down at the bottom always has his butt pointed up at the air and his nose on the gravel, is this normal? He's a very round-bodied fish, like a softball with fins and a face and has very large fins. Any info would be helpful. We believe he may be female, we just added an oranda, about 4 inches to replace a bully oranda we had in there and he's been chasing him around all the time, bumping him(or her) in the stomach.
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dawnbringer
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Re: Is there anyway to cure buoyancy issues?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2009, 11:43:55 PM »

It appears that your fish may have a swim bladder issue.
Feeding fish portions of thawed, shelled peas (from those frozen bags, just float them in warm water until they are soft, peel off the shell, and cut each pea into smaller portions of they are too large) daily may help. Using aquarium salt may help too.
If you need more info on aquarium salt, i will post you the instructions for using it.
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MC
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Re: Is there anyway to cure buoyancy issues?
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2009, 12:19:52 AM »

I think i agree with dawnbringer that it could be an issue with its swim bladder, perhaps relating to constipation or something else. Fancy goldfish tend to suffer from this condition a lot.
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taratron
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Re: Is there anyway to cure buoyancy issues?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2009, 02:25:43 PM »

Luckily his bouyancy issues have seemed to cure themselves, but now his entire face and head has turned a very dark red, almost like he has been out in the sun and gotten a suntan, he's usually a silver fish, is this a sign of some thing wrong?
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GThompson
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Re: Is there anyway to cure buoyancy issues?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2009, 04:09:50 PM »

That's great to hear that your fish is doing well in regard to its swimming problem.
The bouyancy issue is somewhat tricky, since it can can come and go so you have to keep an eye on its diet.

As far as the face and head turning red, one thing i noticed in your picture is that the water is kinda cloudy, which can be an indication of a bacterial bloom. Have you checked your water parameters recently? ie. ammonia, nitrite , nitrate, pH levels..etc.
If the readings are abnormal then they could cause skin problems for the fish and also make it susceptible to bacterial and other infections. Less than ideal water conditions can also make a fish susceptible to swim bladder infections also.
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taratron
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Re: Is there anyway to cure buoyancy issues?
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2009, 05:07:48 PM »

well that picture is kind of old, when my dad and i had trouble keeping the tank clear. We developed a technique for when we clean it where it actually is much clearer now, but i haven't checked the water parameters. We were treating him for what we believed to be "hole in the head" disease with metronizadole, which helped a bit. We've switched to an antibiotic because he had had some cloudiness in his eyes and his fins were starting to shred. We're not sure if the medicines caused him to change or what. I will have to check the parameters though. Thanks for your advice.
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asorvia
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Re: Is there anyway to cure buoyancy issues?
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2009, 07:24:53 PM »

Feed it the green ball peas. it sounds so bad and strange that goldfish like peas,  but they do. the peas increase the amount of fiber in the fish's diet, which works wonders for buoyancy problems.
also, i might address this here- if your fish is floating but it not upside down, you have a lazy fish that likes a floating when bored or a swim bladder problem. the swim bladder of a fish is NOT in the middle! its not at the bottom either- its actually at the top of the fish about halfway between the front of the dorsal fin to the beginning of the caudal fin.
IF YOUR FISH IS FLOATING UPSIDE DOWN, it is because your fish has gas. you might say its constipated, and that is actually pretty close. feed it defrosted, well mashed, shelled green ball peas. zucchini and squash are favorites with some of my big goldfish (they are about a foot long and no they are not koi)
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