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  1. Default Rope Fish w Swim bladder infection


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    One of my Rope fish of 5-6 years seems to have a Swim bladder infection (all other fish and rope fish seem to be fine). He's been floating towards the top and his belly is bloated for about a week. Where he is bloated is slightly translucent and it seems to be moving down though. Tried feeding him pea's in case it was just constipation but would not take them. He is running low on energy and effort now but still has a slight will to live but I am sure hes not comfortable at all with his situation and being near the lighting so much. When is the appropriate time to take him out to end his suffering (i am thinking possibly today) and what would be the best method of putting him to rest with out chopping behind his gills? And am i diagnosing this correctly seeing as the bloating seems to be moving down slowly?

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    From what I have read, there is not much in the way of meds that are effective for them. I never did have to deal with anything like that when I kept reed fish

    Just a few suggestion to try to help him recover. Have you tried some large daily water changes, around 50 to 80 % (assuming your tank pH is the same as your tap water pH). As they are bottom dwelling fish and very sensitive of small changes in water parameters, this might help. If he is not eating, try to offer him blood worms by wiggling them a little with a pair of long tweezers. As they are carnivores and somewhat of a predator, they won't eat peas, but having him eat something will help.

    If all els fails, and you need to end his suffering, drop him in a bucket of ice cold water. If the temp of the water is very close to freezing, it will be pretty quick and a lot easier on the both of you. Just make sure you quickly put a lid on the bucket as soon as you drop him in there.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Thanks, He passed this morning on his own before I could get to him. He only had one day with out effort so i believe he didn't suffer to much. Quick Question on the Ice cold water, I heard else where that fish don't numb like we do from cold water but would actual feel its body crystalizing and freezing thus not being very effective in stoping suffering?

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    Sorry to hear about your reed fish. They certainly are great fish to keep

    I can only speck to my first hand experience. They typically expire within 1 minute, maybe two at the most but typically its pretty close to instant. I have not witnessed this to look like it caused pain, or obverse any behavior with would appear to be a reaction like the process it causing them pain.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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