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Upside down fish / Swimbladder issue

9 years 7 months ago #24533 by sawboy2
Replied by sawboy2 on topic Upside down fish / Swimbladder issue
freshaquarium.about.com/od/watercare/a/nitrates.HTML


Read this article. Nitrates should be below 25ppm and in the wild are significantly lower. The tank is underfiltered, overstocked and set up poorly. Myself and others have answered these same questions in 3 different posts now. The tanks population needs to be brought down drastically, you need to pick a direction and then make and follow a plan of action with that tank. In the meantime, your fish will suffer and asking the same types of questions will not make the elephant in the room become invisible.

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9 years 7 months ago #24519 by nuth88
Please provide full tank stock list and filtration then we can give you "our" best shot at helping you out.

Chris Karnuth
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9 years 7 months ago #24518 by mmaacchh10
Yes my tank has too many fish and the nitrates are too high, and the species that the fish store owner said would work in my tank a couple of years ago now aren't really working that well becasue they have gotten too mean, but why do you say my tank is underfiltered? If it was underfiltered wouldn't that mean that I would have high ammonia and nitrite, I do not have detectable levels of each of these.  All of your comments are well taken and true, but I do not understand the one about the filtration.

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9 years 7 months ago #24516 by sawboy2
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Is this fish housed in that way overstocked, underfiltered, super aggressive tank? If so, it's stress related and as long as he is subjected to that tank he will suffer.

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9 years 7 months ago #24500 by mmaacchh10
I have a fish that is probably a Metriaclima zebra or something similar to that.  I removed it from my show tank to treat it for a tail injury and also because it was kinda swimming vertically head up, then I put the fish back in after antibiotic treatment.  The next morning after I put him back in I found him upside down on the bottom of the tank between two rocks.  I removed the fish and found that the fish could not right itself, it was always was upside down, it had minor fin damage, but it did not seem to be the victim of aggression.  I treated it with antibiotics and Cloat for Malawi Bloat and the fish did not get better or eat.  With time the fish did not die and slowly got better.  The local fish store owner said it may have strictly a swim bladder issue and that epsom salt might help.  So I used epsom salt and the fish slowly got better and started to eat.  So eventually after like two weeks I put back in the main tank.  The next morning the same thing pretty much happened.  He was swimming around the top uncontrollably on its side and back and had some minor fin injuries.  I removed him and he once again is stuck swimming on his head.  Is there anything else I can do for this fish?  And does this type of condition tend to get better, and how long does it take?

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