First and foremost, I'd like to say I'm so happy to have found a forum for fishkeepers and I hope that I'd be able to get lots of advice and even just friendly chats about fishkeeping in general. This is my tank
I'd like some advice for my little Calico Oranda. I've had this tank for about 3 months now. I've only added new fish (as well as old ones from my old tank) after a fishless cycling. They all seemed to be loving the new tank until I saw my Calico Oranda today.
He is floating (correct side up) on the surface of the water. He will swim to the middle/bottom of the tank when he sees me to join the other fishes flocking at the front of the aquarium and then float back to the top (backside up). I can't see anything untoward physically. Fins are not clamped tight, no swelling. He just can't seem to stay down.
My water composition test shows ph 7.6, 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite, <5.0 ppm
Nitrate which looks normal?
Their diet consists of flake food on Mondays to Fridays. Saturdays are non-feeding days and Sundays are frozen peas day.
I've heard that not feeding him for a few days will help him get rid of this problem. Is this true?
On another note, my girlfriend's goldfish for 6 years, "Lazarus" just had a visit to the fish vet last Friday and made a miraculous recovery from a massive swim bladder infection. The vet stuck a syringe into his swim bladder expecting air, but instead, this white yucky stuff came out. Under the microscope, there was at least 2 kinds of bacteria in the sample. Vet injected him with an antibiotic and we stuck him in a hospital tank. He's now swimming and eating like normal! We're so happy for him