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My Gulper Catfish Expelled His Swim Bladder !!

This is a discussion on My Gulper Catfish Expelled His Swim Bladder !! within the Catfishes forums, part of the Freshwater Species category; I looked at my Gulper tank tonight from across the room & saw that one of the Gulpers had a ...

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    Default My Gulper Catfish Expelled His Swim Bladder !!

    I looked at my Gulper tank tonight from across the room & saw that one of the Gulpers had a big white thing hanging out of his mouth. I thought to myself "that's odd, I don't have any white feeder fish in there" and moved closer to investigate. Up close it looked like a white balloon hanging out of his mouth!

    I thought that he had somehow vomited out his stomach because I have seen Gulpers vomit before. My son snapped a couple of photos with his iPhone. After a few minutes the Gulper started to panic, thrash around, and get very pale. I grabbed the Gulper in my hands and tried to force the white thing back into his mouth, but it wouldn't go in. The Gulper got so pale that his normally black coloured areas had turned almost white.

    I started to panic myself. I phoned Charles from Canadian Aquatics because I thought that if anybody knew what I should do it would be him . Charles told me that it was actually his air/swim bladder which was out. Charles knew about it happening with deep water fish but had never heard of it happening in an aquarium before. Charles said that I should put the fish in something tall (like a pvc pipe) with water in it & force the fish down so that the pressure would make the bladder go back in.

    While I was talking to Charles the Gulper managed to swallow his swim bladder. He is swimming around normally now and is getting his colour back . I'd say that the poor Gulper had his swim bladder organ out for over 15 minutes.





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    Of course you would post this while I am eating lol Wow , thats just messed up! Glad he was able to "gulp" it back down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diztrbd1 View Post
    Of course you would post this while I am eating lol Wow , thats just messed up! Glad he was able to "gulp" it back down.
    Love the new avatar btw
    Sorry, guess I should have warned about the graphic pics! I felt really bad for the Gulper because he was freaking out & swimming upside down & running into things. I thought that I was going to have to pop it to get the air out to deflate it to get it back in, ew, but Charles said to definitely not do that.

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    it looks more like a naughty child sticking its tongue out to his mommy I bet it gave you quite a scare

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    He is a naughty little Gulper for scaring me like that!
    Thanks again for your help Charles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamela View Post
    Sorry, guess I should have warned about the graphic pics! I felt really bad for the Gulper because he was freaking out & swimming upside down & running into things. I thought that I was going to have to pop it to get the air out to deflate it to get it back in, ew, but Charles said to definitely not do that.
    lol ew is right..... no worries, being an avid fisherman most of my life I have seen far worse come out of a fishes mouth. I would have freaked the hell out if that had been my fish.....glad all is well now

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    May be that's why it is called a "gulper" ?

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    That's crazy, I've never seen anything like it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by effox View Post
    That's crazy, I've never seen anything like it.
    Same here but at least u know what to do if it happens again. Good thing he is ok now
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    Wowwwww....that's intense. I don't think I would have been able to handle that. Glad he is alright.

 

 
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