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Old 07-01-2009, 11:17 PM   #1
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Angel fish swimming straight up and down.

A couple days ago one of my angel fish started swimming straight up and down. His nose is pointed at the top of the water. He is always like that. Never swims normal now. He still eats and doesnt have any injury or damage, just swimming this way. Is this a sign of a swim bladder issue? Is there anything I can do for this and should I separate him and put him in a QT? Or should I just let him live out in the main tank. I assume this will eventually kill him? Will this effect the other fish? This is the first fish to have a problem in this tank in a year. The readings yesterday were ammonia 0ppm, Nitrite 0ppm and Nitrate 40ppm and I did a 50% PWC today so will have new readings tomorrow.
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:54 PM   #2
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It could be swim bladder issues...how long have you had the angel?
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:07 PM   #3
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Close to a year. And by all outer apperances is normal. Other than the pointing at the sky thing....
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OK, cool.
If it is a swim bladder issue it could be from an injury (are there other angels in with this one that could have rammed it and injured it's swim bladder?) or from overfeeding (possibly one angel being especially aggressive and getting the lions share of the food and eating itself sick)
You could try isolating this angel to a QT tank, daily water changes and withhold food for a couple of days and see if it comes around. Hopefully it will get better in a day or two....if not you can try epsom salts to help clear any constipation that may be causing the issue.
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:38 PM   #5
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Thanks, gonna set up the 20G QT with the filter from this tank and starve it for a couple days and see if it gets any better. If not I will just feed it sparingly and see what develops. May be coming back to find out about how much epsom salts to use for 20G.
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With a 50% water change you will have the same readings unless you have ammonia or nitrite in your tap water. The nitrates should read 20 ppm after a 50% water change assuming that you don't have any of those in your water either. I'd do another 50% water change as 20 ppm is still rather high. It's on the upper limit of the "acceptable range" and you should try to get it as low as possible, definitely under 20 ppm.

It could be a swim bladder issue or it could be normal behavior for your fish. I too have an angel that has done the same thing for 6 months or more and it is perfectly healthy. It always uprights itself when it is time to eat but I often catch it peering up as you described.
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Its hard to tell. My angel always stares up at the water surface, I think it is because he's a big guy and is always hungry. Does your angel appear to be struggling to stay in position? If he/she was struggling to stay in one spot then I would be a little concerned.

Every once in a while I will see my angel chasing his reflection in the glass. He will shake his tail back and forth and then drop down to the bottom of the tank, aims up, and swims up the glass, sometimes repeating for a few minutes.
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He is in the QT tank now and all he does is lay against the side of the tank and gasp for air. His mouth like snaps open and closed. He has no energy at all. He is resting on his tail and it side fins are just working to keep him from tipping over. I have not fed him in two days. I dont know what to do.
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He is struggling. Please see my post in Freshwater-sick fish forum.
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