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My Gold Fish Swim Up side Down
« on: November 29, 2008, 08:25:34 PM »

My wife and I have 3 goldfish Fancy Tail I think. All 3 of them swim upside down all the time at the top of the water is that ok or should we be concerned.
Thanks Cj & Nicole
Re: My Gold Fish Swim Up side Down
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008, 10:59:35 PM »

Swim Bladder Disease

This is a fairly easy disease to diagnose, because an infected fish canít swim properly. This happens mostly to the egg-shaped goldfish, both with and without dorsal fins. A goldfish with swim bladder disease swims on its side or upsidedown, or even somersaults as it attempts to swim. Swim bladder disease can result from constipation, from bruising of the swim bladder during handling, fighting, or breeding, or from bacterial infection associated with poor water quality. This disease is sometimes caused by changes in temperature that most often occur when a fish is transported. Detected and diagnosed early, it is treatable with isolation and medicated food. Detected too late, the results are irreversibleóit is a deadly disease. Sometimes a sick fish can be found at the bottom or at the top of the tank. If itís a female, she might be carrying eggs. If not, try the old-fashioned salt bath.

The Old-Fashioned Salt Bath
This is the most time-tested cure-all of the freshwater fish world. Sometimes called the progressive saltwater treatment, it is how the hospital tank  is most often used. This very simple treatment has been known to cure a number of fish diseases, including ich, fungus, velvet, and tail rot. Many experts swear by it. You simply add one teaspoon of table salt (not iodized) for each gallon of water to the hospital tank that houses your sick fish. Add the same amount of salt again that night and twice the next day, also in the morning and at night. If there is no improvement by the third or fourth day, add one more teaspoon of salt each day. On the ninth and tenth days, make partial water changes and check for results.

Another method you can try is feeding them peas, which will help clear out their digestive tract. Fancy goldfish can get constipation if they are overfed, which in turn can put pressure on the swimbladder and cause them to have swimming difficulties. Just buy a frozen bag of peas at the grocery store and warm them up to room temperature. Remove the peas from the shells and break them into pieces your fish can swallow. Feed them for several days to see if there is an improvement.

Swim bladder problems sometimes right themselves. But, like constipation or indigestion, once your fish has developed this painful problem, it is more likely to have a recurrence. Wait for the fish to right itself. You might want to feed your fish some medicated food; your aquarium supply store owner will be able to direct you. And, in general, feed your fish something else, because diet is one of the biggest reasons this problem develops.

If you suspect a bacterial infection, improve water quality and treat the fish with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
Re: My Gold Fish Swim Up side Down
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2008, 06:23:39 PM »

Thank You very much.  I appriciate all of your time and will definately take your advice. Smiley
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