flake food - spawn of satan! i got a sample with some sinking pellets so thought i would try it this morning - my goldfish don't normally have it - soaked it well so it all sank when put into the tank - lo and behold, one oranda floating miserably upside down within half an hour. never again. the cat can eat it.
My Ryukin has Swimbladder and appears to enjoy swimming on his back and side etc although im worried that he will start finding it exhasting keeping himself upright and maybe have a heart attack or something.
Have put some peas in the tank and saw him have a couple of them but my Star Gazers took a liking to them and seemed to mop them up pretty quickly but he definitely got atleast 4 or 5 halves.
The LFS guy was saying that the medications they sell aren't guaranteed to work. Is it worth trying them or will it sort itself eventually?
yes it can kill if it is bacterial and if it is then that is when the swimbladder treatments are best used, but if it is food related or genetic then they wont work I had a Ryukin who suffered off and on for 5 years but you get to a point where you may have to put them out of their misery if they are suffering upside down
When my pearlscale was spending a lot of time upside down I kept a diary of what she ate as she had no other signs of a bacterial infection and how the food affected her. After a week of only eating peas and broken up soaked algae wafers she was no longer upside down Not to put too fine a point on it, her tetra gold japan sinking pellets were giving her wind and she had air bubbles in her poo, but the algae wafers and peas came through with no bubbles She still struggles but I can just about keep it under control with a careful and varied diet. Their guts are on the underside of their bodies so if they get 'wind' it affects their balance and with the fancies' body shapes their guts are a bit squashed at the best of times.
I have two small goldfish in a tank with all the trimmings.
I have a problem goldfish. He (or she) floats. Now, I have noticed that the hungry blighter keeps eating air bubbles from the top of the tank and then forces the air bubble into it's body by swimming down vertically. I have even seen air bubbles in it's line of sh*t.
I wonder if I use a finer gravel that the fish can eat and use as a ballast to counter act the floating?
Hello there goldfish are known to gulp in air the reason we recommend feeding sinking fish food or pre soaking their food to help prevent this and they do sometimes mistake air bubbles for food and try to eat them which is not good for them either as for the gravel not a good idea can I ask how long your tank has been set up for and if you know about the nitrogen cycle if not then please read the link below as it should hopefully fill you in on the ins and outs