Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 03-19-2006, 03:59 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
Posts: 157
Floating/bloated Von Rio Tetra

Recently one of my Von Rio (flame) Tetras became extremely bloated and had difficulty swimming, as whenever he wasn't paddling with his fins he would begin to float. He was like this for several weeks, and I didn't think anything was wrong because he would still eat and chase other fish around. I thought he was just fat. But several days ago I noticed him swimming in circles with his head up and appeared to have a cut/sore near the base of one of his pectoral fins. He was clearly in much worse shape than before. He passed away several hours later, I found him laying at the bottom.
Another flame Tetra has also been very bloated for several weeks, but no signs of sores or cuts. In fact, he looks slightly skinner/more normal now. However, he is still slightly bloated and everytime he stops swimming he begins to rise toward the surface; he's constantly fighting to stay near the bottom.
Other inhabitants of the tank include two cories, two Bolivian Rams, a common Pleco and two Neon Tetras. They are all acting completely normal and healthy.
Any ideas as to what could be going on with the Tetras? I was going to buy a few more fish as the tank is understocked at the moment, but am holding out because I'm worried the tank may be diseased. Could it be bloat, or some type of infection? If so, how can I treat it? Is it contagious?

Note: We also lost a Neon Tetra this week, but it didn't show any signs of bloating or distress, and I can't find the body. He may have been eaten and completely unrelated, just thought I should mention it.


Corey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2006, 08:45 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California, USA
Posts: 1,538
I say it's either bloat or a swim bladder disease. Bloat is when the intestines are blocked (constipation). Try offering thawed out frozen peas. You need to pop the meat of the pea out of it's shell. This acts as a laxative. If it's something else, then You'll need an antibiotic. A QT would be helpful just in case it is a disease and to isolate all the von rio tetras would be advised whether they show signs of illness or not. You've had two with this problem and one died, so all should be put in a QT. Test the main tank water for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH. Please post results.

What food are you feeding? How much and how often?
How many gallons is the tank?
Type of filter?
How long has the tank been up and running with fish in it?
How long have you had the von rio tetras?

We, as a people, know so much more about outer space than we do about our own oceans. This lack of knowledge can very well spell the dangers that lay in wait for us.

The oceans surely would swallow us before a rock comes down to smite the planet of it's life.
TCTFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2006, 07:25 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: pickering, ontario
Posts: 384
the same thing happen to 2 of my neons its still happening to one i fed him peas and he doesnt seem to be getting worst. i got my water tested at my lfs and they said it was ammonia so i got a new filter with 3 step cleaning with ammonia remover in it. but i recommend feeding them peas the test results will also be helpful.
ryan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2006, 06:52 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
Posts: 157
Thanks for the replies, guys.
I ended up taking the fishy to a marine biologist at the LFS, and he immediately knew it was an infection of some sort and that the fish had a 99% of dying, and it was risky having it in the tank. I decided to let him put the fish to sleep He examined it afterward - turns out it was teburculosis (sp?), a pretty bad case, you could clearly see it under a microscope.
He told me to wait ~10 days and if the rest of the fish look fine, I could continue to stock the tank.
Corey is offline   Reply With Quote

bloat, bloated, floating, rio, tetra

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
36G Floating Plants & Tetra Photos aveldina Show Off/Photography 6 11-05-2008 10:19 PM
Bloated Red-eye Tetra? udsara Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 2 03-25-2007 09:47 AM
Tetra bloated for weeks... pwrflpills Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 3 05-09-2006 07:56 PM
Von Rio Tetra Very Weird Behavior GouramiFanatic Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 08-27-2005 05:10 PM
Bloated Von Rio Tetras mobiusnu Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 4 05-29-2005 12:59 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.