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Old 03-02-2011, 06:06 PM   #1 
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Question Help Please underdeveloped swimbladder in fry?

I have one fry who is smaller then the rest and one day the window was left open making the room about 30 degrees while the tank stayed near 80 degrees I came back after a few hours and the fry had been sitting on the bottom all gasping and having problems swimming up and staying buoyant. A week later all but one now are fine but this little bugger as sad as it is, is my favorite and I have him floating in a container near the surface now. He still sits on the bottom and has a hard time getting to the surface, he also wont go exploring for food anymore. He will eat like crazy if I put the micro worms infront of him but that about it, he's got rapid gill movement and has a hard time staying upright, I added a little epsom salt to see if it would help but no avail (about 1/2 tsp per gallon) also covered his container to try to keep it humid. The older bigger fry are fine but I really want to help this boy. Got any ideas?
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:31 AM   #2 
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Aww, I'm sorry!! I really don't know what to tell you. You might try asking 1fish2fish or OldFishLady. They know a lot more about this stuff than I do. Poor little guy! I hope he'll be ok.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:11 AM   #3 
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I seen your post and I didn't answer because you will not like what I have to say....the most humane thing to do is cull......even if the fry recovers there is a big chance that it will return and will suffer from chronic buoyancy issues...sorry.....
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:50 PM   #4 
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I understand and I did thanks for the advice, I was just curious if this was something he could bounce back from or not. Once he had a hard time eating I decided it was for the best...
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Sometimes that is the hardest part...culling the fry.....I know I have been guilty myself of trying to save some that I should not have...only later having to cull because they are suffering.....and once the swim bladder is damaged or deformed even if you do get them over it at fry stage...it usually will pop back up later and you have a grown fish struggling to swim/live...and I have been seeing a lot of this in post lately too and I suspect that this is what is going on at some fish farms overseas......and we as the hobbyist end up having to deal with it and often not a lot can be done...rather sad for a dollar...
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