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  1. I brought home two honey gourami from the store yesterday and set them up in my quarantine tank. Plenty of hidey-holes, temp is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, added catappa leaves, treating with PraziPro first. Water parameters are ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrates 5. One of them, my smaller honey, is perfectly inquisitive and happy, and it's also eating just fine. The other... Oof, I'm not sure. When it comes out and swims up, it seems okay. It's not breathing heavy. It kind of floated and swam at the surface underneath the catappa leaves for awhile. But it's also not eating and it's bottom-sitting for a portion of the day. By bottom-sitting, I mean lying on the substrate and looking half-dead until I disturb it. It will allow itself to lie against the substrate--maybe not fully sideways but curled against it. The colors are silvery on them both, but strangely enough, the one behaving this way is both the larger fish and the slightly brighter yellow fish. Both have a fading darker stripe down their middles. It's just that the recluse is lethargic. Everything I have searched for online regarding this behavior is telling me there might not be a good end for this little fish, which is a huge bummer. I'm not sure if there's anything I can treat because there's no visible symptoms aside from just lazy swimming and lying against the bottom. I do feel like this fish is probably not all that well, and I'm concerned it's beyond the normal shyness of a honey gourami. Thoughts? Should I be concerned about my more active buddy?
  2. I purchased 5 peppered corys from PetSmart yesterday, and put them in my QT tank. My QT tank is a 10 gallon with an appropriately sized sponge filter and 50 watt heater, a medium pebble substrate, and some weighted small java fern for some cover. It had just been tested at a pH of 7.4, Ammonia 0.0, Nitrite 0.0, Nitrate >5.0, KH 3 degrees, GH 7 degrees. It was recently home to 4 male guppies to keep it cycled who are now at home in another 10 gallon tank of guppies and doing well. Once I had acclimated the corys and put them in my QT tank, I added one packet of API General Cure, one packet of Mardel Maracyn, and 1 tsp of Ich-X as per the Aquarium Co-op QT procedure. Not even 24 hours later, all are showing signs of swim bladder issues. Two swim vertically next to the glass by the stream of bubbles coming from the sponge filter. Two more float on their backs, lying still in the water until disturbed. The last one floats on its side, and also lies motionless until disturbed. Once they are disturbed, they will swim to the bottom and sometimes stay there for awhile, but will eventually go back to the same behaviors. I haven't fed them, and wasn't planning to for at least the first 4 days, also as per the QT procedure. Does anybody have any similar experiences or suggestions?
  3. I noticed about a week ago that my betta’s tail was dragging it down to the bottom of the tank. His name is Harry and he’s an opal delta. After doing research and observation, I think he has mild constipation which is putting pressure on his swim bladder. The attached picture is from Thursday. I have tried fasting him from Wednesday to Friday. And tried feeding him a pea on Saturday, but he didn’t eat it, so I’ve been giving him daphnia yesterday and today in hopes it will help, but he’s still a little bloated, no improvement. He can still get around ok, it just takes more work for him to swim. So he’s mostly chilling on the bottom or convenient leaves. He’s just looking so miserable when he’s on the bottom and I don’t know what else to do. I don’t have a hospital tank and my tank has a divider with another betta on the other side, so I would prefer not to use any medicine. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated!
  4. I really don't know what to do. My black Moor is really sick and I have tried everything. That I know of... She has to have swim bladder. I feel so bad. I don't know what to do. Everyone says "it's just a fish" I don't want her to go but I just don't know if she would be better off?? Does anyone have some advice or something. I don't even know what to do.
  5. This is the second fish this has happened to in my daughter’s tank. I’m wondering if it’s swim bladder? Constipation? The area around his anus seems red and inflamed, but I’m not sure if that’s normal. This tank isn’t fully cycled yet, however, it’s been running for about 6 weeks. This fish was introduced last week.. water parameters: ph 8.0 ammonia .25 (I added prime) nitrites and nitrates 0 alkalinity 180 chlorine 0 i only have strips that test hardness, but they say it’s between 150 and 300 water temp 78-80
  6. Hello everyone. Im concerned about one of my Tiger barbs, he will stop swimming, and point vertically while displaying his fins, he has done this for two days. He eats very well, has no swimming issues, and has plenty of energy, he is in fact the tank bully. He has a slight piece of his dorsal fin missing, i have attributed this to him chasing other barbs around the tank. PH 7.0 Ammonia 0ppm Nitrite 0ppm Nitrate 20ppm GH 6 Degrees KH 4 Degrees Water Temp 27°C (80.6°F) Thank You
  7. My poor Molly needs some help! It started about 10 days ago, she was towards the end of her pregnancy when she started acting a little “off”. She was hiding away from the other fish but seemed to start struggling to swim a bit but was able to stay near the bottom of the tank. I figured this was just due to her pregnancy and she was having a tough go of it because she was towards the end of her pregnancy and she was BIG. This uncomfortable swimming continued for a couple of days and I eventually woke up to about 30-35 baby fry!! Yipppeee!! However, post pregnancy mom was now at the top of the tank kinda just bobbing about. Her tail kinda drags and she doesn’t seem to use her back tail anymore. When she tries to swim down she gets about 3-4 inches down but can’t go any further and bobs back up to the top. Like a good tank dad I hit the forums and came to the conclusion that it may be swim bladder. So I give her an epsom salt bath, she goes on a fast, I try to feed her peas (she never ate them though) I go through the seven day process for both API’s Melafix and Pimafix. Followed everything to the letter of the law but to no avail as she is still struggling to swim. She has had a healthy appetite pre and post fast and poops well. Tank is 20 gallons and is fully cycled. Runs on a HOB filter as well as a sponge filter. There are 3 other Molly fish in the tank as well as some snails, 3 albino Corydoras, and a few shrimp to help as my clean up crew. pH - 6.8 Nitrates - 0ppm (I do regular water changes but did not do water changes while using the Melafix and Pimafix) Hardness - 60ppm (wouldn’t mind getting some tips on how to increase this as well) Nitrite - 0ppm Ammonia - 0ppm KH/Buffer - 80ppm Water Temperature - 80 Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated! Hope I can turn her life around.
  8. Forgive me if this is the wrong forum to ask this on. My betta is fine - or at least I think he is. I've noticed this bump toward the back. I realized it was his swim bladder based on a simple anatomy diagram. Occasionally i notice some peculiarities in his swimming but nothing concerning. But out of caution, I researched swim bladder disease in bettas. Almost all the time I'm seeing a bloated fish. And where the betta's actual swim bladder is, it's totally fine. So what exactly is swim bladder disease? Do you not see visible evidence around the actual swim bladder?
  9. It has been a long time since I have dealt with swim bladder, so some pro tips for treating would be greatly appreciated. Because well I purchased a fish that apparently has swim bladder. The long story is that I decided to get another betta a little over a week ago. He looked great in the container at the box store. After acclimating him to the planted 5.5g tank he will be in by himself, I noticed the male betta was having difficulties swimming. When he was not swimming, he would float up on his side to the top of the tank. Now he seems to be doing much better and is not floating on his side anymore. However, he does seem to still have issues of floating up to the surface. I have been feeding him this week live brine shrimp fed with spirulina powder, and frozen mysis shrimp. I am unsure whether I should fast him or not at this point. He just finished up his week with the med trio. So yeah, it has been YEARS since I have had to deal with swim bladder. The last time I tried to treat swim bladder, I think it was with salt. But I am not even sure how salt would even work in a planted tank. Plus I am not even sure if I should treat as he seems to be on the up mend. Thanks in advance for the pro insight. You guys and gals are always the best. Oh and for the recommended info to post about a tank: Ammonia 0 ppm. Nitrates 10 ppm. Ph 7.2-7.4 Water temperatre fluctuares between 78 - 80'f. water hardness. 18 kh, 10 gh. 320 TDS. Plants: added today three crypts and one banana plant from the aquarium co op. around twelve dwarf sagitteria put in about two months ago. a row of anacharis around the aquarium co op sponge filter. about 1/3 of the tank covered at the top with frogbits. Decoration: one betta log from the co op.
  10. Ok, so I’ve had this one Molly who stays in the bottom most of the time. She can swim around the tank, but when she does she is always angled up (like she is pulling her weight). She has been like this for several months. This past week suddenly I have three more doing the same thing. Here are my parametrs: Temp 75 Nitrate >10 ppm Ph 8 Kh 8 Gh 13 A few months ago (I need to look it up) I treated the whole 75 gallon tank with Maracyn because of an issue that I had been having almost monthly with Corydora. I did a full treatment. I have included a video. I have removed the four fish and placed them in QT. I salted the tank 1 Tbs per 2 gallon, and I fasted them two days before feeding some peas yesterday. They look the same. Any thoughts from anyone who has dealt with this?
  11. Hey guys, I am almost 100% sure my Black Moor has swim bladder disease. I'm not sure what to do. I know there isn't much I can do. But I feel like she is now starting to suffer. This is my first fish. And I probably don't know what I'm doing or doing it right. But I have really tried my best to keep her health. If anyone sees this and has any advice or can help me out. Thank you... 🖤
  12. Hey guys, my oranda goldfish started floating sideways today. He swims normally but when he stops swimming and is at rest he floats sideways. This is his 3rd week of quarantine since he's a new fish. He had anchor worm and is on his final week of Cyropro. He mostly eats duckweed. He's eaten Hikari sinking goldfish excel 1-2 and mysis and brine shrimp 1-2. I'm not sure what could be causing his swim bladder issues.
  13. Hi All, I noticed just this morning that one of my male guppies is floating near the surface on his side with his tail drooping into the water. His gills are still moving and he can swim upright for a few seconds but then starts floating on his side again. No visible spots/issues. I treated everyone for parasites before moving to the big display tank and had seen no signs of them since treatment (about 2 months ago). One female who gave birth within the last couple days has a long white piece of poo this morning. So parasites back? 2 separate issues? Everyone else is looking good. Only changes this week were adding floating plants and a couple more crypts. Anything I can do? Parameters: Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 10 GH 300 KH 150-200
  14. Hi, I've never posted here before. I have a planted freshwater 20g with 4 mollies in it, some fry & a juvenile BN pleco it's been running for about 1 year. I have not had illness in it since August- there was 1 fish with a fungal infection. A few days ago my male sailfin molly started exhibiting odd behavior. Tail standing, head up, and spinning around. I cant find any other symptoms. I've kept mollies for upwards of 7 years & have never seen this before. No others in tank seem effected. I added new plants a few months ago but I always QT them first. Parameters: Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrate: under 20ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Chlorine: 0 GH: very hard 150-300ppm Alkalinity (KH) 60ppm PH: 7.6 temp is set for 78° Tonight I came home & he was curled up at the top of the tank inside a floating water sprite with 2 week old molly fry. Im baffled. I posted this on Fishlore a few days ago but no replies. Hoping someone can help! Im unsure of how to upload a photo.
  15. My female angelfish has a bad swim bladder problem. She is basically completely upside down if she doesn't swim to right her self. I have her in an epsom salt bath now before I put her back in QT. Anything else I should try?
  16. I have a male guppy that seems to develop a swim bladder issue every few months. Usually it causes him to simk and swim vertically. Right now hes floating. He swims to the bottom then floats right to the top. Ive moved him to quarentine this time. I'm assuming its swim bladder but i suppose he could be dieing but i would think that would cause a sink not a float. Thoughts or suggestions on what to try? Params are 0 0 less than 10. Stable tank. All other 20+ fish are fine.
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    Hi , I have a question. My neon tetras are always so hungry they eat everything. Also the floting foods for my betta fish , when om not feeding bloodworms and other Frozen foods. Now i saved my neon tetra, kept it in a net over night and is not floting anymore. My question is never feed floting foods anymore? Hope you guys understand my bad english. Thanks!
  18. Hi All, I have a young cory fish that seems to be suffering from Swim Bladder. I looked up on line what to do for swim bladder and one of the things it says to do is treat with salt. However, I do know that there are some species of fish that don't take well to salt. There seems to be conflicting information about whether corys can or cannot tolerate salt treatments. Anybody have experience with this issue?
  19. I have a spotted congo puffer that arrived on Wednesday. He arrived floating sideways in the bag. He was drip acclimated and put in quarantine tank with another puffer from same shipment. Other puffer is fine. This one cannot stay off bottom of tank. He can push off and take a short trip, but is not at all buoyant and settles at the bottom. He is not eating and is being syringe fed. He is being treated with General cure and is getting epsom salt baths. I've talked to a couple of aquatic vets. One said that I was doing everything that I could. Another said that without x-rays and oral exam no diagnosis could be made, but suggested "Travel trauma, an internal parasite that is too hardy to kill or has done too much damage already, organ failure from lack of calories, foreign body ingested, even a congenital immune system deficiency" were all possibilities. Ammonia is 0 Nitrites are 0 Nitrates are around 5ppm pH is around 7.6 kH is 6 gH is 9 Tank is definitely cycled.
  20. My goldfish has a swim bladder issue. He has had it for some time now. He swims lopsided and has a lump in his stomach. He eats and poops but I dont know what to do. I fount him upside down on the filter. He gas nit eaten in a while and I need help soon.
  21. pH - 7.6 Nitrates - 20ppm Hardness - 360ppm Nitrite - 0 Ammonia - 0 KH/Buffer - 250ppm Water Temperature - 79F Hi! While visitingg my petco I found this little guy that I loved due to the white/yellowish coloration, but he was also struggling and seemed to be in his last moments, breathing rapidly and staying on his side at the bottom of the cup. The big softie in me decided to buy him and see if I can nurse him back to health. It's been about a week now, been keeping a close eye on him. He seems to be much better, at least now he can get off his siide, but it seems he cannot swim upward, he just sinks. Do you think his swimbladder is gone? He also has blackened gills but I'm not sure if that's just natural coloration. I've managed to make him eat vibra bites hand-fed with tongs, placed it near his mouth and he gobbled it up, so his appetite seems to be just fine. Any idea what can I do to help the little guy get better? If not guess I'll hand feed him for the rest of hiis life like a baby lol! So far I've treated the water just with praziquantel.
  22. I have a pencilfish that potentially has a swim bladder disorder; looking to either confirm or get other opinions. I haven't seen any fish acting strangely except for this poor guy. He actually looks really good... just tilted. He has been displaying to the females and showing off those red tipped fins. But when he stops actively swimming, he tilts to the left, and even ended up taking a rest on his side once I placed him the the specimen container. (I think its because there isn't enough space for him to get up to speed and get oriented.) I dont see any other signs of illness; very weird to see an otherwise healthy fish laying on its side. After some internet research, I suspect I have been overfeeding and this has caused him constipation, resulting in a swim bladder issue. Aside from cutting back on feeding and feeding him peas (which is ALL OVER the internet.. has anyone actually TRIED it with success?) is there anything else I should be doing for him? I got some new fish recently and already have 2 quarantine tanks running; I'd rather not set up another for him but I can. Im not sure any meds will help. I suppose it could possibly be a result of bacterial infection or parasites, (very easy to accidentally cross contaminate with quarantine tanks,) but I would expect to see other symptoms such as lethargy if it was an infection. For now he is going to hang out in his own specimen container there. Tank specs: Planted 60 gal, has been pretty stable for about 3 years. Nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia all zero. Gh has increased from 12 to 15 in the past month for unknown reasons. Kh 7.0. Temp 74.9* F. Contains pencilfish, guppies, gold white cloud minnows, orange fin zebra danios (added a few weeks ago after a 4 week quarantine, no meds), bronze corydoras, assassin snails Top down view Poor bud
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