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post #1 of 14 Old 10-20-2007, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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swimming upside down?

I have a fish that only has one eye, and I've had him for a while now, but he started to swim upside down a couple of days ago. He just floats at the top of the water upside down now. I thought he'd be dead by now, but he's not.
What does this mean? I'm very worried. :( He's the only fish that's doing this... :(
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-20-2007, 10:15 AM
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other members w/ more experience will definetly help you, but will need some questions answered. tank size? other tank buddies? water parameters? water ph?
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-20-2007, 10:43 AM
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Aside from Vinoth's questions, what fish is it? What foods have you been feeding it? How long have you keep it? Avoid floating foods as much as possible. This is a disorder of the swim bladder where the fish loses its buoyancy causing swimming imbalance. Fast it for a few days and feed it green peas. Then stop feeding floating foods and start with sinking foods. You can soak floating foods before feeding to stop it from floating.

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post #4 of 14 Old 10-20-2007, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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He's a fantail and he's all white. I'm not sure of the tank size, but there's a minnow, a coi, and about 3 goldfish in the tank with him.

Thanks for all your help! :)
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He's a fantail and he's all white. I'm not sure of the tank size, but there's a minnow, a coi, and about 3 goldfish in the tank with him.

Thanks for all your help! :)
I would like to know the dimensions of your tank and filtration capacity. Use API liquid test kit to determine your water parameters. Just as a side note, kois are best left in a big pond, not aquaria. They grow to three feet at most.

What food do you give them?

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post #6 of 14 Old 10-20-2007, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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I'm just keeping the koi for my dad until he gets a little bigger, then he's going into the pond. I feed them Omega One sinking pellets. The demensions for the tank are about 12 x 20.
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-22-2007, 01:49 PM
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is he eating at all right now? Try feeding him pea hearts as the fiber serves as a natural laxative. JUst take the shells off the peas and chop the inner part into bite sized pieces. It's not a bad idea to feed this to your round-bodied goldfish every now and then to prevent constipation. It doesn't really matter if the food is floating or sinking, if the fish eats the food while it is still dry, the food may expand in the digestive tract of the fish and cause blockage. If the fish won't eat, adding epsom salts to the water can also relieve constipation.

I had a feeling it was a fantail because round-bodied goldfish like that commonly get swim bladder disease for 2 reasons:

1) their digestive tract is actually smushed up against the front of the abdomen making it easy for food to cause blockages.

2) they have an organ called a pnuemocystic duct which connects the swim bladder to the esophogus to allow for swim bladder regulation. If a blockage occurs in the digestive tract then it can easily affect the fish's ability to regulate bouyancy.

Swim bladder disease can also be caused by bacterial infections that thicken and/or harden the swim bladder walls, making it difficult for air to pass through the membrane and regulate bouyancy. Using a medicatedpellet food or adding an antibiotic to the water may also be needed. Unfortunately it is almost impossible visually to know if the problem is bacterial or just a simple constipation. You may consider treatment for constipation first since it is not stressful on the fish and if that isn't working move to an antibiotic. There are some cases where swim bladder disease is parasitic but I believe that is a lot more rare.

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post #9 of 14 Old 10-22-2007, 02:18 PM
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Another easy option is to feed the fish epsom salts. It doesn't take much, a few grains will usually do it, and adding a few more grains to the tank water will also help. Be sure it is epsom salts and not table or marine salts.

I find this to be much easier, much safer, and "scraps" won't pollute tank water.

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If the fish won't eat, adding epsom salts to the water can also relieve constipation.
I've done this in hospital tanks before and it actually worked quite well. I've never heard of feeding a fish epsom salt though...that doesn't seem like it would be too healthy. Generally you would just add it to the hospital tank or in a seperate container as a "bath". Bettababy, can you elaborate on the "feeding epsom salt" part? Have you tried it before?

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