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redchigh 01-15-2011 04:05 PM

Cory with swim bladder troubles...
Ph is 7.0, I have him in a group of 3. Their tankmates consist of two ghost shrimp.

I do water changes (40%) about once every two weeks.

Ammonia, nitrite are 0, Nitrate is unknown. (but should be slim to none)
The tank is heavily planted with stem plants, and a soil substrate.

His two companions and the two ghost shrimp are perfectly healthy.

I feed them algae tabs and shrimp pellets, but they don't seem to eat the algae tablets. Perhaps I could try peas?

His color is fine, and he appears to be eating, but can't seem to keep himself right-side up. When he swims, he rotates like a little torpedo. It would be hilarious if it wasn't sad.

He also wedges himself in the stem plants near the surface- I assume to get air.

The tank does not have a lid. Could that be a problem?

Any advice is much appreciated. I'd really rather not put him down- I tend to only euthanize if they stop eating and become lethargic- he's as active as he should be (most of the time.)

fjsedajr 01-15-2011 09:41 PM

Ive have fish w this. Its cause mostley by fish eating foods that expand in the bellies.
It normally goes away. Ive heard that peas help alot and cutting back on the amount of food given to him, also sumerging it and letting it expand will keep this from happening. Give him peas and he should be fine. Some other member mine give you more info than me thou.
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redchigh 01-16-2011 01:53 PM

I hope it's nothing.

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