06-07-2010, 07:28 AM
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Spiralling/spinning paradise fish
I've got a new small paradise fish. He's about 2-3in long. I got him 9 days ago. He's been very cautious, hiding under plants in his bowl. I've been feeding him frozen bloodworms. This morning, I managed to convince him to take some betta pellets. He chewed on them and spat them out, so I'm not sure how much he actually ate.
Tonight, he's doing a lot of spinning and corkscrewing. He can stop still in the water and then shoot off in a straight line, but then he'll go down to the bottom of the bowl and spin around. It's almost like he's itchy and he's trying to scratch himself.
I've been reading about swim bladder problems and parasites. I can't see anything visibly wrong with him, apart from the strange swimming. I've put in a heater to raise the temperature a few degrees - I've read that's good for infections.