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Swim Bladder Disease

Swim Bladder Disease is a malady that can affect many types of freshwater fish. The primary symptoms tend to be related to difficulties swimming lower or higher in the water. In some cases fishes seem to struggle to make it to the top of the tank or off the bottom of the tank. Swimming at an angle, either listing to one side or nose down/tail up can be a sign of swim bladder disease.

One of the possible causes is constipation which causes a blockage that makes adjusting the air in the swim bladder difficult for the fish.

Some treatments include feeding peas to help with the constipation. Ways to avoid swim bladder disease are to avoid overfeeding, try to pre-moisten flake food so that it doesn’t swell up after being eaten.

Fasting seemed to help the platies. They can browse algae if they get hungry anyway. So, with several days of not feeding or only feeding peas, both fish seem to have recovered from swim bladder. We’ve been treating for gill flukes as well for about 10 days now although initially it appeared as though swim bladder might also be a problem. Things have improved greatly the last 2-4 days and swim bladder problems seem to be mostly gone. (I still notice both fish listing to one side on occasion, but I don’t see them struggling to ascend/descend in the water.

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January 16, 2011 - 6:16 PM