4 years ago #1
jessica162
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why is my cory cat swimming upside down and on its side?

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4 years ago #2
ChaosReborn
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It Could be a couple of different things. Number one being a swim bladder issue which is curable. The fish is basically bloated, and has excess gas inside that isnt being released properly.

You can try feeding cooked, de-shelled peas and see if the fish will eat it. That may help with the digestion issue. I've learned this trick from an Admin on this site by the name of Dkpate.

Another thing you can do is try fasting the fish, meaning try and not feeding the cory for a few days and see if the problems clears up on its own.

I would also check your water parameters and make sure everything is in check. Bacteria can also be the cause of this which can be cured with store bought medicine purposely for Swim Bladder Disease.

Best of luck and keep us updated.

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4 years ago #3
jessica162
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i have sad news about that one he died not even an hour ago. when i bought them there was another dead cory fish in the tank with them so i guess that could've had something to do with it. But my other two cory fish are doing fine and swimming where they please.

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4 years ago #4
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Pet stores sometimes use a central filtering system, resulting in all of the fish swimming in the same water. It's a good rule to never buy a fish out of an aquarium that has sick or dead fish.

Most established aquariums have at least the early forms of common diseases and parasites. Healthy fish have healthy immune systems and are able to resist diseases and parasites. However, all that goes away when the fish is under stress. Common sources of stress are poor or inappropriate water quality, netting and moving, incompatibility, sudden changes in a water parameter, over crowding, over medicating, etc. With that in mind, you may want to test your aquarium water to make sure temperature and pH are correct for the species you are keeping, ammonia and nitrite are zero, and nitrate is below 40ppm. Regular, partial water changes go a long way toward maintaining a healthy aquarium.

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4 years ago #5
jessica162
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Thanks for the advice John. And when i bought them there was one dead cory cat that had just died so i guess it could've been from that. I have bought an ammonia tester so hopefully that will help give me an idea of what i need to do. thanks alot.

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2 months ago #6
jocelyn white
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It is the cause of death or lonelyness because death will make it float but lonelyness will make the fish long for a friend and it will float on the top for a mirror image of its self

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2 months ago #7
CarLey
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Jocelyn this is absolutely not true! Please only post where you have knowledge of what you're talking about! Also this is a 3 yr old thread and not necessary to add to it. Check dates upper right hand corner.

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