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  1. #1

    Exclamation Swim Bladder Problem? Unusual Symptoms


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    I've seen swim bladder infections before and normally it makes the fish look off-balance or too bouyant.

    I have an adult female cherry barb (18 months old) who has suddenly developed a problem staying up. She looks too heavy and struggles to swim upwards - she looks exhausted when trying to do this and spends a lot of time sitting on the bottom. Water parameters all stable and good. The other 28 barbs are not affected. She is still interested in feeding (albeit at the bottom).

    Treatment suggestions? I do have a 15 litre tank spare which could be used for isolated treatment. I'm going to go out to get some clove oil tomorrow in case she needs euthanising.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
    ~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    Is she bloated at all? What are you feeding?
    Money can't buy happiness, but it sure can pay the rent.

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    No more than usual from what I can see (all my very mature females are fairly large and rotund, males are slimmer). Aside from the trouble swimming she looks like the others.

    Feeding is a combination of:
    - frozen brine shrimp (once a week)
    - TetraMin flakes
    - TetraPro vegetable flakes
    - Sera catfish chips
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
    ~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    What about discoloration? Any spots or bumps?
    Money can't buy happiness, but it sure can pay the rent.

  5. #5

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    Nope. The only visible symptom is as already described.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
    ~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~

  6. #6

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    Tried the pea trick yet?

  7. #7

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    No - do share!
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
    ~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~

  8. #8

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    Feed a pea!
    Last edited by talldutchie; 04-18-2013 at 06:53 PM. Reason: Silly detailed instructions about feeding a pee deleted.

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    Jeez - you could've just said feed a pea. I get it (and do feed peas occasionally, always have).

    Given my fish get a lot of veggie feeds (veg flakes and catfish chips) I would doubt it's that but will try it as I have nothing to lose.

    I don't boil the peas by the way (and 10 minutes would cause them to turn to mush and remove a lot of nutrients) - I feed them raw, but squashed.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
    ~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    P.S. How is it a trick?
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
    ~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~

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