My goldfish is swimming upside down and looks extremely bloated. What could...

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3 years ago #1
Mikaela
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My goldfish is swimming upside down and looks extremely bloated. What could this be? Can I help it recover?

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3 years ago #2
rolphy75
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Sounds like a swim bladder problem. are the scales standing up and making it look like a pinecone? there are meds available to treat swim bladder probs but you could try not feeding for a couple of days, but giving the fish a boiled pea ( take a frozen pea and place it in a cup of boiling water for a couple of minutes, then pop the pea out of the outer shell and finely chop the pea and feed to fish.

Peas work as a laxative for fish and can help clear any blockage that may be causing a build up of gas. feed peas for a few days to try and clear any blockage there may be

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3 years ago #3
Mikaela
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Thank you for your reply! I thought it might be swim bladder but I wasn't sure. I read on one site; its good to thaw out peas, then remove the skin, then give them to the fish. I have already done this, but my goldfish is still upside down. It looks extremely bloated. The scales are not sticking up. The fish's gills are moving very fast and the fish is darting around the bucket. I am pretty sure my fish isn't dying. Its been about 3 hours and it is still upside down. I am really worried about it. Anymore advice you can give would be greatly appreciated!

Please note: Flushing my fish is NOT an option!! I will NOT murder it!!

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3 years ago #4
jlk
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Can you please post your numbers for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate & ph? Tank size? Water change schedule? Diet? Buoyancy issues in goldfish are typically related to water quality issues. Dietary issues are secondary. Some more info will help!

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2 years ago #5
Deborxah
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This worked for Wendell, our calico fantail within hours yesterday.
Thanks for being such a good resource for me, fish newbie.
Here's a photo of him this morning, snoozing by the Christmas Tree with his/her buddy Tartufo!

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1 year ago #6
Kaitlin
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Do they have to be frozen green peas? Can you use canned? How do you get the fish to eat it? Place in water like normal?

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1 year ago #7
Deb H
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I think canned might be too salty.
Boil three or four frozen peas for 5 or 10 mins to cook them. Pierce the membrane/skin of the pea with the tip of a knife & squeeze the insides out. Throw away the skins.
Cut up the pea insides to a size your fish can eat. They should be cooled by the time you've done all that.

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1 year ago #8
Kaitlin
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Thank you! Will it be ok for my other fish to eat the peas too? I don't have a separate tank to put him in so that he's the only one to eat the peas.

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1 year ago #9
haileyreannon288
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it should be fine if the other gets some peas. Can't hurt either lol

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1 year ago #10
Betternow!
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Just done this for our goldfish (doesn't have name!) and it worked. What a relief - felt awful for it bobbing about upside down; looked like it was about to explode! Miracle!!

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1 year ago #11
Bill Novotney
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One of my goldfish who is extremely bloated and has been swimming and floating upside down off and on for about 3 days, will not eat the peas.

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12 months ago #12
Randle
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I use organic baby food and a syringe

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12 months ago #13
Deb H
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The other fish will like it, they think it's a tasty treat!

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12 months ago #14
Mike
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I drip drops in the water.. They do like it

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8 months ago #15
FishMama0100
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I asked the same question lol. They said no, it has preservatives in it.

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8 months ago #16
Carley
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Hi. Check the dates of the first thread before considering answering; upper right corner. Most of these old ones don't require anymore comments. Just a heads up for next time.

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8 months ago #17
Better now!
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Sorry to say only worked for a few days.... then bloated again and died.

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