Joined: Jan 06, 2015 Posts: 41 Location: Kormangala-Bangalore
Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:15 am Post subject: Red Eye Tetra swimming upside down
I have 4 red-eye balloon tetra fish for past 3 months or so. Recently i saw one of the fish was swimming weird. He was swimming upside down,normal, slanted. He was swimming in all direction.
I have another small fish tank and i put him in that tank since I thought the fish was going to die. I put only epsom salt in that tank and no feeding. Tank does not have any filter but i have put some aquarium plants in it. Fish will swim normally but after sometime he will turn upside down while resting in one place.Fish is alive for last 3 days but his behavior is same.
What has happened to it? Will fish recover or is there any medicine i can put to help him? I have that blue medicine for fungus/bacteria treatment. Shall i try that? I am only putting spoon of epsom salt and 30-40% water change everyday for last 3 days.
Joined: Aug 01, 2014 Posts: 250 Location: Malleswaram, Bangalore
Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:59 am Post subject: Re: Red Eye Tetra swimming upside down
I see this behavior everyday in my neon tetras, however only during night. If at night I shine a torch at my tank, I see the usually colorful neons are pale (normal behavior) and drifting in a weird way, mostly on their sides but never upside down. I assumed they must be resting/sleeping and so will sway with the slight current in the tank.
If you see this behavior in you fish all the time, then it might be something to be concerned about.
Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:56 pm Post subject: Re: Red Eye Tetra swimming upside down
Is it swim bladder disorder?
Based on your explanation, it certainly seems so. The fish loses its ability to swim upright if its swim bladder is infected, or under external pressure. Since it loses its balance, the fish starts swimming erratically.
This disorder is mostly a result of improper water conditions, stress, or birth defects.
A large water change will help the other fish by reducing the water borne factors.
Search for "swim bladder disorder" on google, try to save your fish.
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