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|Loss of buoyancy|
I have a Columbian tetra that is constantly swimming upwards at an angle of about 45 degrees. If he swims down or horizontally he is fine, but can't seem to get up to the surface of the tank without considerable effort (he does manage at feed time, but only just). It's horrible watching him try in vain to swim upwards. There are no other apparent problems with him. He has lost some colour, but I think that might be to do with the fact he is exhausted.
Is there anything I can do, or should I end his suffering?
|Posted 11-Apr-2009 05:25|
hope your no expecting a quick reply as ive waited several does to no avail. just thought id let you know im in the same boat.
|Posted 12-Apr-2009 03:14|
It sounds like your fish has a problem with its "Swim
Bladder." It could simply be a problem with eating freeze
dried foods that were not properly presoaked, and it needs
a laxative, or it could be viral or parasites causing the
Here is a link with some information and suggestions:
-->>> The Confidence of Amateurs, is the Envy of Professionals <<<--
|Posted 12-Apr-2009 08:46|
Any luck with your Columbian? One of my 7 Columbians has been doing the very same thing as yours for the last 2 months or so. Looks great, healthy, but constantly swimming to keep from sinking down to the gravel. I wish he would just sink, catch his breath - so to speak - and start swimming again.
He still has the power to dart at other Columbians, which makes me feel a bit better.
I remember seeing a tv show MANY years ago about a rather large, fancy goldfish that lost its buoyancy and the owner, somehow, attached a little balloon to him/her with just enough air to help him get to the top, but easily swim down to the gravel as well.
Hope yours is doing well.
|Posted 04-Jul-2013 17:04|
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