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Old 07-02-2003, 08:00 PM   #1
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Swim bladder gourami

I believe my gourami has swim bladder.

Earlier today he was simming slanted, now I checked on him and his belly is buldging and he's staying at the top of the tank.

Please please please please tell me how to get him better!!!!

I love my gourami

He has had a healthy appetite as of recently, he and my other fish have been dining on flakes and bloodworms. [every few days]

Is it treatable?

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Old 07-03-2003, 09:31 PM   #2
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Is the bulging in the stomach uneven? It can actually be dropsy or swim bladder disease


Symptoms: Bloating of the body, protruding scales.


Feed Antibiotic food (Tetra, Hagen)

Swim-Bladder Disease

Swim bladder problems usually indicate another problem listed here. If you suspect swim-bladder problems in a fish, first check and treat it for other diseases as listed below:

*Congenitally deformed bladder.
*Cancer or tuberculosis in organs adjacent to the swim bladder.
*Poor nutrition.
*Chilling or rapid fluctuations in temperature.
*Serious parasitic infestation.
*Serious bacterial infestation.

If you have eliminated other causes, make sure you are feeding the right food and make sure the fish is not constipated. Give it live food for awhile to ensure it is getting enough roughage. Also, check the temperature for your fish's requirements and keep the temperature stable.

Test your water, do a 25% water change and try not to change the temperature as this would stress the fish and worsen its condition. Just like any other living thing, the fish would have a higher chance of recovering if you stimulate it by keeping the water in good condition along with proper treatment.
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