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This is a discussion on Swim Bladder (SB) issue within the Hospital Section forums, part of the Aquarium Related Chat category; ok... Help me some more, my BCA friends I have an odd problem... There are two fish in the last ...

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    Question Swim Bladder (SB) issue

    ok... Help me some more, my BCA friends

    I have an odd problem...
    There are two fish in the last 3 days to exhibit symptoms of - erratic swimming, upside down-ness, being way at the top, way at the bottom, and just not doing anything right. There are no other visible issues apparent.

    The fish are a 5 month old(LFS purchase) silver-tipped shark and a (unknown age) full grown gold dojo.

    The shark passed last night as per typical SB complications in approx. 3-4 days from first S&S - and the dojo is near the end after a couple days of weird behavior.

    They are in separate tanks. But, early last week, they did spend time in the same tank for a 3-4 days for non-health related reasons.

    These S&S - signs and symptoms - are of SB issues, in my professional amateur opinion.

    Diet includes flakes and cichlid pellets daily and frozen brine shrimp every 2-3 days. Also cucumber on a regular basis.

    Google and it's affiliates have taught me that swim bladder issues may be caused by bacterial (even viral) infections that are otherwise undetectable.

    I have almost made up my mind to treat this as bacterial.

    I am not a fan of chemicals or treatments - I just like things to run themselves in a healthy, organic way, but this needs attention....

    So, First question - Am I far off in my diagnosis?

    Second - I have some Melafix and some Pimafix - which one to use?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by Jasonator; 11-02-2011 at 11:01 AM.
    Just one lonely little Fluval Chi that doesn't even have water in it right now *sigh*

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    Good details. Have you contemplated trying natural remedies before going out and buying $10 of medication which better be used as replacement cost for fish.

    Natural remedies:
    -almond leaves
    -water changes
    -epsom salt
    -aquarium salt
    -food with garlic
    -increasing GH to >3<15

    Anything to give the fish a boost for it's immune system.

    The silver-tipped catfish lives in brackish water.
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    Pimafix is more of an antifungal, not an antibacterial, so it won't help if you're dealing with a bacterial infection. Melafix is great for external wounds and infections but not so much for internal stuff.

    If you think it's bacterial, I would ensure that the water conditions are pristine and treat with Maracyn or Maracyn-Two.

    You can also try salt first (VERY carefully, as loaches are less tolerant of it). Feed less or not at all for a day or two as well in case it's caused by constipation.

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    A little Salt is always present, and the water conditions seem to be great.

    So, after a couple days of fasting, dry food will be soaked before it's served, now, and I'll try peas - if they like it, and more quality food intake - live or frozen goodies.

    The dojo is gone to the big tank in the sky since I started this thread - an hour very quick...

    Since no one seems to think "swim bladder disease" is contagious, I naturally turn to hidden causes, hence the bacteria issue.

    This sucks, as I have two tanks at risk because of cross-contamination - something I have never cared too much about ....
    Just one lonely little Fluval Chi that doesn't even have water in it right now *sigh*

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    ... And this thread can be shut down.

    Unless anyone else has anything more to say about it
    Just one lonely little Fluval Chi that doesn't even have water in it right now *sigh*

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    I would suggest daphnia instead of frozen peas. It works somewhat like laxative and it's better for fish.

 

 


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