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Old 05-19-2009, 02:42 PM   #1 
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Floating on his side?

Hi guys,

I came home this afternoon to find Shai-Lin kind of using the heater to keep himself upright but when he swam to the front of the tank he started to float oto his side? I`m obviously worried and need some advice as to why and what can I do please?

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Old 05-19-2009, 02:47 PM   #2 
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I going to have to guess Swim Bladder disorder/disease, how much have you been feeding him. It basically means hes constipated from eating too much. All you have to do is fast him for a day or two and watch how much you feed him. If it gets really serious you can feed him some frozen daphnia or, I heard but dont know if its true, that you can make him flare with a mirror to entice him to poo.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:53 PM   #3 
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Thanks IonBaller07,

I feed him 2 baby bio Gold pellets twice a day and occasionally he`ll have 2 bloodworms as a treat.
I tend to be on the careful side after having read so much info on this site

He is a bit bloated so hopefully it`ll just be a case of doing as suggested and fasting him for a day or two.....fingers crossed that`s all it is.

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Old 05-19-2009, 03:34 PM   #4 
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I agree with Ionballer. I have seen one of my males poop after seeing himself in the mirror so it's worth a try. You might try fasting for a few days, as Ionballer said, then feed him some daphnia after that. I hope Shai Lin gets to feeling better.
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:36 PM   #5 
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Hmm, 2 pellets twice a day isnt that much, I feed mine 3 twice a day. Maybe he just couldnt handle that much today, it happens to us I suppose it could happen to them.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:39 PM   #6 
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yeah sounds like swim bladder disorder
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:50 PM   #7 
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Thanks a lot for your replies Guys.

Shai-Lin hasn`t been fed at all since earlier on in the day when I`d posted this thread and he`s looking much better now.

I really didn`t think I was over feeding him, I wondered if he was actually constipated rather than overfed? Not really sure.

Anyway, he`s pretty much back to his old self so it`s a huge relief.

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Old 05-21-2009, 02:57 PM   #8 
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I ma glad he is feeling better!!! :]
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:46 PM   #9 
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I really didn`t think I was over feeding him, I wondered if he was actually constipated rather than overfed? Not really sure.


Lise x
That could be it. Considering how the pellets are made, some are more dense or thicker than others and there could be a chance he was just having trouble getting one to.... pass through.

It may not have been your fault at all. your feeding schedule seemed fine.
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Glad to hear he's better.
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