There is something very wrong with my green severum. I noticed it the day I bought him six weeks ago. He swam with his head pointed downward and a 20o list to starboard - classic swimbladder problem. He also had some caudal finrot and a case of ich. So I put him in the Q-tank and treated with Jungle fungus clear for a week and with high temp for three weeks after that. The finrot and ich cleared up, although he pretty much stayed put under the heater. During this time, he ate normally and his coloration was great.
Last night, I put him in the show tank to make room in the Q-tank for my new acquisitions. Within minutes, he got himself wedged upside down between the filter return and the glass. He didn't put much of a struggle when I netted him - a bad sign - and I noticed that his pectoral fins were badly frayed.
Because the Q-tank is occupied with my new cichlids, I put him inside a 5 gal
bucket lined with a garbage bag and containing an airstone. Still thinking swimbladder, I started treatment with kanacyn. I'm also giving a half dose of Melafix for the ragged fins.
One other thing that I noticed after I got the fish home six weeks ago is that the pupil of one eye is completely contracted. I'm now wondering if this fish somehow brained himself in the lfs
and suffers from some kind of neurological problem. The frayed fins might be injuries sustained when he blunders into things.
Is this swimbladder and should I continue antibiotic treatment?
Or is it neurological and should I get him fitted for a helmet?
I can't imagine this fish competing for food with the other finned psychos I bought. If that is the case, I might have to consider euthanasia