Welcome to AquariaCentral.com

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. You will be entering into a wonderful world of aquatic information, for all aquarists, no matter what their experience level.

Our members will do their best to help you in your aquarium endeavors. We have a vast assortment of Forums to dive into:

-General Freshwater
-Marine and Brackish area
-Terrarium and Vivariums
-Coldwater
-DIY, Classifieds, Members Tanks Photographs and more.

We even have a general area, that is just as much fun as the rest of the Community, for off topic discussions and a real-time chat room for instant advice!

Joining Aquaria Central has numerous benefits, but the best, is our 112,000+ members, helping one another in this fascinating hobby!

Register now, and be sure to check out our scheduled contests with exciting prizes!

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today! !

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Welcome to the Internet's friendliest aquatic forum!

- Team AC

Sign Up

Red cap orlanda

Discussion in 'Coldwater Illness and Disease' started by flakey, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. flakey

    flakey Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2009
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Over the last 3 days my red cap has started swimming on it's side,upside down and is now floating about the tank aimlessly.It's still breathing and every now and again it trys to make a move for the top of the tank. I have another 2 fish in the tank that are perfectly alright. (70 litre tank). Could anyone help me as to why this is happening or is my red cap dying?
     
  2. Rbishop

    Rbishop The glistening drop....
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2005
    Messages:
    36,747
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Production Manager
    A bit small, IMO, for the fish you have. With a good liquid test kit, what are your nitrite/nitrate/ammonia readings? A water change can't hurt. Moving this to the coldwater forum for you.
     
  3. GoldLenny

    GoldLenny Senior Member? Do I get a 5% disc.?

    Joined:
    May 3, 2007
    Messages:
    791
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    N'Awlins, Louisiana, USA
    Fancy goldfish are prone to swim bladder issues related to several different causes... some minor, some more serious. The wrong foods can cause digestive bloating and/or constipation and this can put pressure on either of the swim bladders or the lines leading to them and this prevents the fish from being able to control their swim bladders. Try feeding green pea (pinch the shells off and discard the shells.. then mash the *meat* a little if your fish are really small. This will help cure constipation issues.

    Other causes can be internal bacterial or parasitic issues causing inflamation of digestive tract or other organs causing the same pressure on the lines or swim bladders.

    Fancy goldfish are prone to this because of the inbreeding that took place to create the deformities and mutations you can see on the outside also can cause deformities and mutations to internal organs as well. Further, their two swim bladders, which are normally spread out far away from each other in *normal* goldfish, are all crammed together in fancy goldfish due to their compacted and round body shape.

    As Rbishop already said, your 70 liter (around 20G) tank is too small for goldfish... even one goldfish grows too large for that size tank. Are your other two fish also goldfish?

    Start doing daily 25% PWC's (partial water changes) as dirty water will also cause fish to get sick much faster so giving them clean water will help them get well faster.

    Give us more info about your water parameters (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, temperature, etc.)
     

Share This Page

zoomed.com
tfhmagazine.com
hikariusa.com
aqaimports.com
Store