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Old 07-01-2003, 03:29 AM   #11
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Common mistake on the ID, wouldn't worry to much about that... 8O

Can it hover in the water and stay upright or does it look like it's having trouble with it's balance?

Does the regal show any signs of physical damage? How was it acclimated?

If no sign of damage it could be a simple bladder problem that can be brought on from quick temprature changes and/or rough handling.

Keep an eye on it and make sure the other fish do not harass it. Try feeding with a vitamin soak like Zoe or Selcon for a few days. If there is no improvement you may need to QT and feed with food soaked with an antibiotic.

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Old 07-01-2003, 03:40 AM   #12
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The regal is having a lot of trouble with its balance and constantly fights to keep low in the water and upright.

It was acclimated in itst bag to the water temperature of the tank and then in a bucket with water from its bag and from the tank and then moved over to the tank.

However, I think the stress from being in the bag brought this about because as I acclimated in its bag to the temperature of tank it faced downwards the entire time.

The other fish have not harassed it, and as a matter of fact it seems to harass thee other fish every once in a while. He seems very territorial.

What/where/how do I get vitamin soak like zoe or selcon?
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Old 07-01-2003, 04:18 AM   #13
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Judging by what you have said I would definately say it's the swim bladder. It can be sometimes from constapation beleive it or not. Have you seen it poop lately? If not try feeding some green peas. That should "clean the pipes" and reduce the pressure on the bladder. If that does it then it's all good, I would try that first..

If it's diet is producing the proper waste then you should QT the regal and treat for possible swim bladder infection. Soaking the foods in a gram negative antibiotic like Maracyn II is best. Pepare the dosage in a glass of tank water and take out a few teaspoons and place it in a small cup with some brine add the remaining amount to the QT. Do this for the first day or two. After that just continue for seven days with the normal addition of antibiotic. Do not treat the antibiotic in the main tank only in a QT environment. Maracyn II contains a vitamin additive so the other vitamin additions are not really necessary.

The agression is normal. Be glad it's not the other way around. How big is the regal?

For future reference... Zoe , Selcon , Something that you should consider adding to their dietary menu.

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even though sometimes hell suddenly flip on his side and swim like that for a bit. is that normal?
IME, that is fairly normal for hippos.
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I have never personally seen a hippo swim on it's side for more than a second or two, including the one in my tank. Definately not in the fashion decribed.

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The regal is having a lot of trouble with its balance and constantly fights to keep low in the water and upright.
I also believe that by the description of what oishii has relayed it would not be considered normal.

I could be wrong, but the descision to treat or not is up to you....

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When I got the email, I clicked the link which took me to this post...

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ok....now that i feel very foolish and found out my powder blue is actually a royal (hippo) tang... he seems to have been doing better even though sometimes hell suddenly flip on his side and swim like that for a bit. is that normal? Im still rather worried.
Which is the last post on the first page, I did not notice there was a second page with more info , my comment was soley based on that one post, my apologies for not noticing, please follow Steve's advice.

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I also believe that by the description of what oishii has relayed it would not be considered normal.
From the three posts I kust read, I agree completely.
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