Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with over 40 years of experience keeping fish. I’m sorry to hear about this problem.
Is Gary able to eat?
Have you noticed if he has pooped since you separated him?
Thank you for getting back to me.
It sounds like your fish is suffering from swim bladder disease. The swim bladder is an organ that enables the fish to properly orient itself in the water. When something goes wrong, the fish may float, swim upside down, or at an angle. There are a couple of things that may help. If you can get him to eat, give him a couple of thawed out and peeled frozen peas. If the peas are too large, you can smash them between your fingers before putting them in. Try holding them right in front of his mouth.You can also add one teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon of water. Don't use table salt - it sometimes has toxic additives. Keep feeding nothing but the peas for a few days.
If you can't get him to eat the peas, it would be best to try to find a fish vet. The vet can use a fine needle to relieve pressure on the swim bladder. Unfortunately, aquatic vets can be hard to find. But here is a directory where you can try:
Sometimes a local vet will work with a fish vet by phone to help a goldfish, so that may be another possibility.
If you have more questions, just let me know. I'm glad to help. I hope Gary will recover.
Any salt that has only sodium chloride as an ingredient will work.
The sea salt should work. It has a few additional minerals, but nothing dangerous.
Being slimy is not normal, and it is not part of swim bladder disorder. I’m afraid he has more than one condition. Slime is usually caused by a bacterial infection.I hope you can get to a pet store. You’ll need some Melafix. Just follow the instructions on the bottle.
You’re very welcome. That’s going to be hard to tell him. I was a teacher for a number of years, and I compiled a list of things kids can do to help get through situations like this. However, it is mainly geared toward younger kids. If you’d like it anyway, let me know.
You’re very welcome. That sounds like a good idea for Sodapop.
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