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Possible swim bladder problem #1
Hi, I have a black moor goldfish.
A few months ago in the summer when it was 40 degrees my fish started floating on the surface and going on his belly.

The first thing I did was look online and saw that this is a problem with their swim bladder, so I tried fasting my fish for 5 days then giving peas, nothing worked.

So I went to the local aquarium shop and they gave me blood worms, they seemed to do the trick and he was fine again.

But during the past 2 months my fish seems unwell and nothing is working not even the blood worms, he floats on the top of the water 24/7 (keeping balance unlike before) occasionally going down to the bottom or sitting on the gravel and when I move him he falls like a stone.

Any answers would be appreciated I'm really stuck here.

Also am I feeding him correctly, he has 4 sinking pellets a day.

Thanks.

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Re: Possible swim bladder problem #2
Can you give us some more details please:

Tank size?
Test results for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and hardness
How often do you change any water and how much each time?
Any other tank mates?
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Re: Possible swim bladder problem #3
Hi, I will have to get some test strips and I'll let you know when I've tested the levels

But I can tell you that the tank is 70 litres, 3/4 water change every week and no other fish in the tank.
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Re: Possible swim bladder problem #4
This is a common problem and, given what you've tried so far, I think there's a very high chance that this is caused by impaired water quality. Rather than wait any longer, I'd set about doing a daily water change of anything between 25-50%. This might actually resolve the matter altogether.

I'd definitely get a liquid-based test kit, if possible - e.g. API Master testkit - as they're much more accurate. The 5/6-in-1 test strips don't have the crucial ammonia test on them, while some of the readings on them can be wildly inaccurate, especially PH/GH/KH.

Not sure if your 3/4 water changes per week means 0.75 or water changes 3-4 days per week (e.g. alternate days). If I were you, I would do daily water changes until you get ammonia and nitrite consistently at 0, and nitrates no higher than 20 (or 20 more than tapwater levels). After that, you might find that you need 2 x 50% water changes per week or thereabouts. However, you will need to upgrade the tank - the sooner, the better. Details on this are at https://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/modules/ ... esheet.php?caresheetID=50 and http://injaf.org/aquarium-fish/the-go ... t-size-tank-for-goldfish/

This http://injaf.org/aquarium-fish/the-go ... bladderbuoyancy-problems/ might also be helpful.
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Re: Possible swim bladder problem #5
I meant to mention the 4 pellets. This doesn't sound like very much. What brand of pellets are they so that we know what size you're referring to?
Many years ago, when a beautiful veiltail goldfish I had suffered from swimbladder problems, I reduced the amount of food I gave her in an effort to counteract the problems. Similarly, when my common/comet goldfish started having buoyancy problems years later, I reduced his food intake. It was only afterwards that I realised I had probably overdone this on each occasion and that weakness/starvation was ultimately involved to a certain extent in their fatal demises.
I would see whether more frequent water changes addresses the issue and, if so, then slowly increase what the fish is eating and ensure that chopped pea and live/frozen food is included in the diet.
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Re: Possible swim bladder problem #6
Any update on the bladder issue. You made the changes...2 weeks ago..
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Re: Possible swim bladder problem #7
I continued to research on this topic and found same valueable information that could help other members in future..Please refer
https://www.thesprucepets.com/swim-bla ... -in-aquarium-fish-1381230
https://inlandaquatics.com/comet-goldfish-aquarium-care-guide/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzJ-kXe3HwA