Mark303 Posted February 6 Share Posted February 6 BACKGROUND: I have kept ornamental goldfish for about a year and a half now and always seem to be struggling with swim bladder (especially Orandas.) Many arrived from mail-order with minor cases that seem to slowly get worse overtime. I eventually had to euthanize a couple when it became severe and incurable. The fish I have had have ranged in size from 3.5" butterflies to 6" Orandas. Currently I have 5 fish in a 75 gallon tank. One 4" butterfly, two 4" Ranchus, two 4.5" Orandas. During the learning curve of fish keeping my main diet was a pinch (maybe 5-10 pellets per fish) of Saki-Hikari sinking pellets twice a day and peas 3 times a week (~2 peas per fish.) And occasional Tetra dried baby shrimp. This diet seemed fine for many of the fish, but also they have grown very very slowly and I still have gotten swim bladder with several fish. For variety I have also tried frozen brine shrimp but seems to dirty the water column a good deal, and a large portion seems to end up in the sponge filter. My fish were never too interested in broccoli, and eat spinach quickly but also seem to spit out alot that I end up having to remove from the tank. In attempt to cure / avoid swim bladder I have tried Kenta Gas Release 1.5mm pellets, but seemed a bit large for my fish and didn't seem to have much a different effect on my fish than Hikari pellets. And also unsure if gas release formula is okay for a daily food. I have never been clear from information online what a correct amount of food is, so really have no clue if what I have been doing is over or underfeeding. It doesn't help with goldfish always begging for food and my excitement to want to grow my fish to big chunky adults. MY QUESTION(S): I recently purchased two 4.5" juvenile Orandas that handled shipping great and have been out of quarantine in my display tank a couple weeks. However any Saki-Hikari sinking pellets triggers pretty severe swim bladder with them both. They are also pretty good at out-competing the other fish so has been difficult to make sure I am not overfeeding them with pellets. This time I was able to quickly "cure" with fasting and a pea only diet, however when re-introducing pellets I will see the bladder issues start to return later that day. But was able correct agin quickly with a peas meal. I have just started trying Repashy Supergold gel food within the last 24 hours. So far it seems to not trigger any bladder issues and the fish seem to love it as well. My main question is, if this continues to be successful can I completely eliminate pellet food from my fishes diet and just feed mainly Repashy and peas? Anything else I should add into rotation? I thought about trying frozen bloodworms but wasn't sure if they would trigger bladder issues or would dirty the water column too much. I have seen people suggest trying a different pellet, however it always seems that Hikari is the most popular option and wasn't sure what other alternative to even try. I have read to soak the pellets but was unclear if tap water was safe for this, and mostly just cautious to give the new Orandas any more pellet. Are Orandas in fact particularly prone to swim bladder? My ranchu and butterfly managed to avoid any issues this whole time. So debating if I just need to give up on Orandas, but was kinda the reason I got into fish keeping. Sorry for a lengthy post! thanks so much for any advice!! I love fish keeping but this is really becoming a never ending battle. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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