Red Eye Tetra Having Trouble Staying Upright

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  1. GhostAction

    GhostActionNew MemberMember

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    Yesterday I came home and I saw my fish swimming upside down (like how really any other fish does when its about to die), so I immediately got another container and put him in there with a bubbler and kept him in there. Then I saw my Neon Tetra looking a little sick so I put him in another container. He eventually died that night and I think it was really just due to stress because I moved him a couple times.

    Every week I've been doing about a 15%ish water change, and about every month and half I do a normal water change with a siphon. I have a 5 gallon tank, and I have not got any new fish since over a year ago. The only thing I've added to the tank was a plant last year, and replaced gravel with sand earlier this year.

    Anyways we did a water change, and before I checked nitrates and I thought it was low but my dad apparently checked again and he said it was high so I have no idea, but when I checked all the parameters where normal.

    But the main reason I'm here is my tetra. I put him back in the tank again last night after a couple hours and he was having troubles swimming, so I put him back in the container and left him over night, and when I came back home, 24 hours later, he was still alive. A lot of the times I would see him on his side but when he would notice me he would start swimming around. I just recently put him back in the tank because I was worried about the temperature being 60 degrees and I have no backup heater. My other Red Eye has been chasing him and he was doing the same thing last night not being able to stay upright. After reading, this sounds like he is having bladder problems, but I honestly have no idea what is going on.

    Anyone have an idea what I should do? Should I keep him in my tank or put him back in the container?

    Edit: Forgot to say, he is also looking palish too.
     
  2. Arowanalover

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    i have had this happen with my fish before and they all died but theres always a chance that it will survive and we have to do everything we can. the pale part could be from stress. when you first got him did he have problems staying up right? if he did have problems staying up right it could be swim bladder disorder but if not all i can say to do is keep him seperated from everything else. and you should probably set up a quarantine tank with a filter, heater, thermometer, and 1 hide no substrate and cycle the tank for a long time if you have sick fish before its done cycling put them in a bucket or container with original fish tank water and heat it. i hope he survives:emoji_pray::emoji_pray::emoji_pray:. one last thing try feeding him.
     
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    Earlier today I got him to eat two blood worms at different times, but not flakes. I took him back out of the tank and put him in my bucket. I'm just trying to think of ways I can heat him. And thanks!
     
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    your profile page says you dont know about the nitrogen cycle you should probably check it out

    youre welcome.... do you have an aquarium heater.
     
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    Yea I will check it out, and no, I don't have a extra one.

    Its also now been 2 days since this has happened but he is still having problems staying upright.
     
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    I think its swim bladder disorder. W hen you got him did he have problems with staying up right?
     
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