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Old 01-19-2018, 01:10 PM   #2
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I had a similar problem with a large school of Columbian Tetras. Suddenly one of the group would start swimming erratically and even demonstrated a corkscrew type swimming action.
In my case, high nitrates, due to overcrowding, was fueling Some type of internal ailment in that particular species. Upping the WC's, and thinning down the overall population solved the problem. My guess is your Emperors are suffering periodic internal bacterial infections. Perhaps the above noted preventative measures will help, or maybe the inclusion of occasional feedings of medicated foods.
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If you want to fix the problem put a uv sterilizer i run uv on all my tanks for the past 2 year zero sickness will never run a tank with out love they are actually good price on them now and days
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The mouth area looks ' disfigured '...I note the gills look open more then normal. I also think I see slight swelling..
I would lean towards a bacterial issue causing the swim bladder problem and decide on proper antibiotic treatment for the whole tank..
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Thank you for the advices. Sadly that tetra died before I can apply anitbiotic.

I will increase the amount of WC per week now, and see if this will stop.
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