Swimbladder

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  1. Zoom

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    Hi guys,

    I have a rather "novice" question to ask...

    I might be over-analysing my fishes, or seeing things that aren't really there... it appears to me as if my Black widow Tetras and my Pristella tetras like to swim in a straight horizonal line, but at a 30 to 40 degree angle. As far as my reading has shown, this could be swim bladder.

    What is swim bladder?
    Is it a birth defect, or can it be "contracted" as any other illness?
    Is there a remedy for it?

    I'm not even sure if my fish have this desease, as I said, I might just be reading too much and seeing things, but it would be good to know if I can isolate it properly.

    Ash
     
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  3. Dolphin

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    Is anyone else having problems getting onto fishyfarmacy??? I've battled (and failed) for almost 2 weeks now :( Sorry Dolphin, I can't open that link - it would have been awesome to read :(
     
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    veegal it opens fine on my side... maybe clear your browser history and cookies and try again - i'm not an expert on such things, sorry.

    I've tried to copy and paste the chart here but its not all nicely aligned...


    Swim Bladder Disorders

    Whenever you suspect a swim bladder problem, do not poke the fish with a pin or needle!


    Symptoms [​IMG] Cause [​IMG] Treatment and Links



    A). The fish whirl or wobble around the aquarium[​IMG]This is a gram-positive bacterial infection of the swim bladder known as: Whirling disease[​IMG]Treat with TMP Sulfa -or- Erythromycin

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    B). The swim bladder contains purulent fluid. Large numbers of bacteria are found in the fluid and the wall[​IMG]This involves a bacterial infection usually as a result of an inflammation[​IMG]Treat with Quinine Sulfate.

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    C). The wall of the swim bladder is hardened[​IMG]The Swim bladder is hardened[​IMG]Raise the temperature in the tank by 3 to 5 degrees for five days.

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    D). Round cysts of various sizes occur in the wall of the swim bladder[​IMG]The fish are affected with the sporozoan Eimeria[​IMG]Try: Furazolidone Powder -or- Quinine Sulfate.

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    E). Large inclusions occur in the wall of the swim bladder[​IMG]The fish is affected with Microspora[​IMG]No suitable treatment known.

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    F). The anterior part of the air bladder, the part towards the abdomen, is inflamed. These fish were standing on their heads, or laying flat on the bottom[​IMG]A bacterial infection is the cause[​IMG]Treat with: TMP Sulfa -or- Sulfa 4 TMP.
     
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    :) Thanks Dolphin. :)
     
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    OK... stupid question?

    Where is the swim bladder located on a fish so I can see if my fish are suffering from swim bladder infection?

    Ash
     
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    Hi Zoom - possibly not swimbladder, a lot of fish - just like helicopters - need a bit of forward tilt to get a good turn of speed. If you watch Angelfish they will sometimes go sideways (especially when defending territory) just to get a bit more speed - and to look more menacing.. The swimbladder is round about where you would expect the lungs to be. BUT all depends on the species of fish.
     
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