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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-05-2010, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Aquarium assistance swim bladder?

I have this Cory Dora catfish that has been on his side at the top of the tank for about a week. When I tap him he swims to the bottom then floats back up. This is in a 5 gallon tank with a little too much algae. Just upgraded to a 28 gallon nano cube. All fish are fine but he is in the original tank... Hospital tank. Tried the peas thing for a couple days. I need help with this. He is more lively in the large tank but gets stuck against the stronger filter. What meds to try?

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Lemon oil?!?

Cory Dora catfish used to have better sustain in the 90's!
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My first thing in the tank when a fish gets sick is always Maracyn. My fish are bigger than yours, but are still fresh water and Maracyn almost always helps. It's primarily for external parasites, but its an all round antibiotic.
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thanks for the replies. i have spent over a week with this little guy with no luck until early this morning. i tried a tablespoon of salt in the 5 gallon tank yesterday, which didn't do much. tried feeding him peas again....per many forums, but it didn't work, although he finally ate. and a trip to the petstore to get some antibiotic tablets...which may have done it! he could not stay at the bottom of the tank until this morning. I found him at the bottom of the tank scavenging! not sure what the issue was and hopefully he will stay that way. in a few days i'll transfer him to the large tank. so i guess this is why i stopped the aquarium thing years ago. my son's love for them started me up again. he's a little over 2 now and sits in front of the tank throughout the day watching them.

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i have panda cory doras catfish!those are great! they clean a lot and are funny.
they are in the aquarium with some special fish.ill ask my girlfriend for you.she is a fish/bird/dog specialist!she knows everything! i hope i dont forget!
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i guess you forgot. anyway, he lived for another week then unfortunately passed. i spent a lot of time getting him healthy but something happened. he just passed on. thanks for all your help
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It happens - the ones that get sick are often weakened greatly if they're sick for a while. They just never come back to 'fully healthy' it seems. If you've got a 28 gallon tank though, you could get a plecostamus. A bit more pricy, but will do the most of the same work. Get one that will remain small though, like a Gold Nugget, as my 3 year old common pleco is about 15" now.
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thanks Jim. i accidentally had a fish die the other night as well..... right after a water change. i only removed maybe 3 or 4 gallons max from the 28 gallon...via vacuuming gravel. replaced with tap water and added the liquid (can't remember name, when changing water.) anyway, the little guy, like neon tetra, went into shock. felt so bad...didn't think 3 gallons out of 28 would do that. everyone else is fine. he was doing great before! from now on, i have to use gallon water from the store?!?! so there is no ph or anything in it, as there is in tap water. our water is very good, very clean, from the city...newly built area....guess the fish don't like it. i thought about going salt water when the fish get older, i can give them to friends. i can get the salt water in gallons from the local exotic store for $1.25 a gallon.
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Shock for a tetra could have been a temperature thing, and not have had anything to do with the nitrogen cycle in the tank or the pH of the water. If the water was 10 degrees colder or warmer and he got stuck in it before it dissipated out to the rest of the tank, that alone could have done him in, though 3 galls is admittedly a small change. Those tiny fish...the ones that go in my tank don't get names, we'll leave it at that They are too fragile for me. Oscars are more my thing.
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I have had a 29 gallon freshwater for years. Don't mess with tap water if you can. Get a 5 gallon water cooler jug from Walmart ($ and find a pet store that has reverse osmosis water (.35 per gallon) with a teaspoon of NON oidized salt every 2 weeks. Been donig this for about 5 years now and our planted tank is beautiful.
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Thats what I learned. Kept adjusting PH levels trying to get my water changes neutral. A few dead fish (maybe more) later I learned from a fish store to just stick with tap water.The water almost had a memory and adding chemical just kept shocking them.I stored them in jugs added a bit of de-chlorinater and did small water changes like you described and never had any more problems.
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this is why i got out of it years ago.... it sucks you in!
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Get a 125 gallon and about 40 goldfish to cycle the tank. Once it's up and going about a month get yourself a nice fancy pleco and 4 baby Oscars. A red, a tiger, a red tiger, and an albino red tiger. Enjoy for 15 years
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125? insane...to me anyway. no way. use the scuba gear to clean the tank?
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No, just get one that's wide and deep front to back, not tall.
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