Fixing Swim Bladder Disease

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Fixing Swim Bladder Disease

Postby Parker1205 » Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:21 pm

Hi Folks,

I've got a full grown bad boy about 6 years old at this point. He's had some minor HITH but it hasn't progressed and I've upgraded my filter to the Rena X3 in my 56 gallon tank. He's the only one in there and I do 40% water changes 3 times a week to keep ph level's, nitres, ammonia perfect, but he somehow developed a bad case of the swim bladder disease and has a nice big bump on his left side that keeps him in a rainbow type arch now.

I medicated him with Marycn II for 2 cycles but nothing has helped....including peas. He doesn't eat much now b/c it's a struggle but the peas haven't seem to have done any good.

Anyone else have any other suggestions? Personality is still there so I don't think it's anything internal or parasites. Everything I've looked for out there says just peas do the trick but so far no luck with them. I know you can pull the fish out and stick a needle in him to release the air but that would be a very last resort.
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Re: Fixing Swim Bladder Disease

Postby Tom » Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:41 am

Have you had him for his entire life?
Has he lived in the same conditions all that time, ie alone in a 56g?
What prompted the filter upgrade?
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Re: Fixing Swim Bladder Disease

Postby Parker1205 » Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:48 am

I've had him his entire life....he had other tank mates that I've removed....Red Devil, Pelco, but has been by himself now for over a year. The filter upgrade was primarly done b/c my XP2's motor was dying and not filtering as much as hit should have been per hour.
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Re: Fixing Swim Bladder Disease

Postby Kmuda » Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:15 pm

You can try Epsom Salt at the dosage of a level teaspoon per ten gallons.

It really sounds like a nitrate induced ailment. What's important to understand about nitrate induced ailments is they may take years to manifest. With your prior stocking levels, it would certainly appear that nitrates would have been an issue in the tank.

Your best bet at this point would be to try Epsom Salt and very clean water. As a biological treatment you could try SeaChem KanaPlex.... and hope for the best. It's either blockage (in which case the Epsom Salt should relieve it) or the fish is experiencing internal organ issues (in which case the outlook is not good).
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Re: Fixing Swim Bladder Disease

Postby Parker1205 » Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:31 pm

Thanks, I have Epsom Salt and will try it...have been using the API aquirium salt to date.

I'll order the SeaChem KanaPlex.
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