01-30-2008, 11:57 AM
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Hmm, sort of confused, he's swimming completely normal now? If he's floating at the surface and having trouble staying down, that is another big sign of a swim bladder problem. NO idea what the bump it, but if it's gone, hopefully it's not a problem.
Swim bladder disorders are caused by many different things. Sometimes they can be healed, sometimes not. ONE cause of swimbladder problems is air gulping, if this is the cause, you may be able to help him. However, swim bladder problems often remain a mystery that cannot be solved. Also, try putting in some epson salt and see if you can get him to eat a few granules of it.
Could I ask what your water parameters are? Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and temperature are helpful. A good liquid test kit is the best tool a fish owner can arm themselves with, test strips are very inaccurate, don't go for those! I got my API Master Test Kit for about $15 at a local pet store (master kits are much cheaper than buying the tests separately). It will last you many years to come and you won't regret it! If you want to order it online to save some money, in the meantime, you can take a sample of your water to your fish store, as most will test your water for free.