Question Glofish Tetras Swim Bladder

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I have two GlofishTetras with Swim bladder and I can't seem to make it better. I was out of town when it happened so they have likely gotten bad over two weeks. I have given them two salt baths over two days, 1 gallon with 1tbsp for 15 min, and recovery in 1 gallon with 1tsp for 5 min, but no improvements I've tried peas but they cant get to them, and don't seem to eat when i try to feed them.

Any ideas??! They are getting worse, the one just lays at the top like to exhausted to try anymore to swim down. So sad
 

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Aquarium salt baths won't do anything for SBD. Epsom salt baths will. It's a laxative, muscle relaxant, and swelling reducer. You can do 1/2 a tablespoon to a tablespoon if it's that bad.

Can you post pictures? Are there any scales sticking up? Any bloating?
 
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Epsom salt is what I have been using. About to do their third salt bath today. Let me see if I can upload a photo
 

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Ah, okay. It might be that they have something else going on. It's really hard to say because I can't run tests or anything.
Sometimes fish get air in their swim bladders and require surgery to release it. I hope that's not the case. It's also possible they have an infection internally that's messing up their swim bladder.
Have you tested your water?
 
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Yep, everything is good. The nitrates were a little bit high, so been doing extra water changes, they are at 5 now. They don't seem any better and I have done two more salt baths. I did switch the food from the flakes to a more pellet type food for the rest of the tank, hoping that will help it from happening again. I feel so bad for the poor things, but not sure what else I can do.
 

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Hm. Maybe they have an infection that's causing the problem. You can try Kanaplex, Furan-2, or Maracyn 2.
Kanaplex can be absorbed internally and can treat internal infections. I believe it treats gram-negative. Maracyn 2 can also be absorbed internally and treats gram negative bacteria including what causes fin and tail rot. Furan-2 has 2 furan components that treat both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria.
There are other options too. What you choose is a matter of what you can get ahold of and think is best.

Have you been doing the baths every day?
 
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I did 4 baths total, then I stoped a day ago because it seemed like it wasn't doing anything. Each about 15 min at 1tbsp per gallon with a 5 min recovery. I do have some stuff that treats general infections, MicrobeLift Artimess that I put in the tank twice last week in hopes it would do something, but it doesn't seem to have done anything either.
 
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It's been a month and these poor fish aren't getting any better. I feel awful for them, any ideas?????! I'm guessing maybe not swim bladder? I've googled this a bunch of times and I can't find anything that seems to confirm what's going on, or what to do. Going to try another round of the salt baths, no food for a few days, and peas. but no luck last time. Feels weird to euthanize a fish like this, but how long is the poor thing going to suffer?
 
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