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Jasperdog 07-18-2014 10:24 AM

Help quick i need help now!!!
HELP I'm scared!!!! i went to check on my fish tank yesterday and my albino cory was on its side breathing VERY slowly!!!! I THOUGHT IT WAS DEAD T . T Mom said to let the life cycle work and see what happens in the morning i first tested water, the ammonia was 1 it was a spike IDK how i cycled the tank, so i immediately did a 20% water change and went to bed( this was at 11pm) i woke up he is UPSIDE DOWN but his gills were barely moving IDK what to do !!!!!!!!!:shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock ::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock: help pls

Flint 07-18-2014 10:29 AM

How large is the tank, what are other inhabitants, what kind of test kit are you using and how did you cycle the tank?

Jasperdog 07-18-2014 10:38 AM

i am very noob i put the albino in a 5 gal :( with another cory and 2 guppies i was planning to return the cory because the tank is to small , i fish less cycled
i am testing the water now, i usedAPI test kit, my ammonia dropped now its 0-0.25 but the cory is just drifting across the gravel, and his gills are moving a bit he is still upside down

Jasperdog 07-18-2014 10:44 AM

He might have swim bladder disease :(

Flint 07-18-2014 10:50 AM

Can you get some API General Cure? Also, how did you fishless cycle?

Jasperdog 07-18-2014 10:51 AM

Where i live my family is still in bed i can't go to the petstore at the moment, i fishlessed cycled by putting in some flake food, i used an old filter sponge thingy and old fake plants and used fluval bio enhancer, when i put the fish in i used tetra safe start, i just don't want him to die, but I'm afraid i can't do anything at this point

Flint 07-18-2014 10:56 AM

If it really is swim bladder, GC will help, if not cure it. These fish are going to have issues not being in a proper school or a properly sized, tank, however. It's best you return them.

Jasperdog 07-18-2014 10:57 AM

But will the albino live? i "WILL" return the other one but idk about the albino because how do i return a sick fish

Flint 07-18-2014 11:03 AM

If you treat it, it could live. If you can't treat it, culling is an option.

Jasperdog 07-18-2014 11:05 AM

Sorry I'm am very new to fish keeping, i don't know what culling means or GC

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