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unlimitedx 01-16-2010 09:39 PM

Goldfish keeps floating up to the surface
One of my goldfishes, about 1.5 inch, is struggling to keep itself from floating up to the surface. It has to constantly fight against it by swimming downwards. Sometimes it would stop, and it would float to the surface upside now.

I just fed it no more than 1 hour ago, some floating flakes. Was it because it took in some air while eating from the surface? What can I do to help it?

Thank you

Lupin 01-17-2010 12:15 AM

Ditch the flakes PLEASE. Those are absolute crap for fancy goldfish as they can cause buoyancy issues to your fish. Any FLOATING food can cause the fish to swell and lose control of its buoyancy. Try sinking pellets such as Hikari Lionhead, vegetables, gel foods and frozen stuff like bloodworms for a change. For now, dose 1/8 teaspoon of epsom salt and feed him shrimps to purge out the crap from his tummy.

veganchick 01-17-2010 01:43 PM

I agree with lupin, but I want to add make sure that your water parameters are ok, and give your goldi atleast 20g

unlimitedx 01-17-2010 09:54 PM

But will the air be able to get purged out of the goldfishes??

Where is the cheapest place I can buy some sinking pellets? I went to Walmart but they were all of the floating type :(

Lupin 01-17-2010 11:50 PM

Hikari Lionhead can be ordered online at Goldfish Utopia. There's also Mazuri gel food. I'd pick 5M70 or 58LK codes for your young goldfish. You can still have a cheaper alternative by making a cup of gel food enough to last a week using sardines, Knox gelatin, acidophilus, vegetables, calcium and multivitamins. The surplus can still be fed to your other fish.

The air should be purged out by epsom salt.

unlimitedx 01-18-2010 12:15 AM

Thanks Lupin!

Can aquarium salt take the place of epsom salt?

iamntbatman 01-18-2010 01:43 AM

Nope. You'll want to use epsom salt.

Lupin 01-20-2010 01:56 AM

Jim is correct. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, far different from sodium chloride we often use.

unlimitedx 01-24-2010 12:06 AM

Thank you!

Do I only place 1/8 teaspoon of epsom salt regardless of tank size? what is the suggested ratio of epsom salt to gallon?

Lupin 01-24-2010 12:41 AM

I forgot the dosage! 1/8 teaspoon per 10g.

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