Swim Bladder Disease Help

  1. stiglitz

    stiglitz Well Known Member Member

    Can lack of clean water/tank cause this disease? Due to sheer laziness, I haven't cleaned my tank in two months, and just now I've noticed that one of my three goldfish has definitely got it. He's doing weird spirals and swimming upside down and sometimes just floating in weird positions. I have now cleaned the tank, and plan to do a more thorough cleaning this weekend, but yeah, just wondering. Also, if you can tell me anything else about the causes of Swim Bladder Disease, that'd be very helpful.

    P.S. if anyone asks, my goldfish are just those little cheep 26 cent ones you can get at petsmart. I'm not familiar with the actual name of them.
  2. kidster9700

    kidster9700 Well Known Member Member

    I believe that constipation can cause it sometimes(fixed by peas). I can't quite remember, though. It's been awhile since I've had that problem. Also, it sounds like your fish are feeder fish so there might be other problems with it. I just say that because I've heard that they are notorious for carrying diseases.
  3. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    Sorry that your fish isn't feeling up to par. Information on Swim Bladder issues below:

    Constipation Issues and Treatment:

    Try some of the treatments listed in the links above. If the situation hasn't corrected within 2 weeks, I would think the swim bladder has actually burst and in this case, the best option is to Euthanize the fish.

    :animal0068:please, keep up with your water changes and tank maintenance to keep your fish happy and healthy. Slacking on these issues means your fish are swimming in their own waste and this will truly shorten the lifespan of your fish.

    Nothing beats freshwater for your fish! :animal0028:

    Best wishes!

  4. orandagal

    orandagal Valued Member Member

    Hi Stiglitz, Peas may help, I buy frozen and keep them on hand just in case I notice problems with my goldfish. You don't need but a few and your other goldies will enjoy them as well. I put some in a cup of hot water for a few minutes to defrost, remove the shell and cut into 4's and then feed. I would hold off on any food tomorrow and see if your fish is doing better. I also belong to this forum: 
    which has helped me a lot when I've had problems with my goldfish. There is a lot of great goldfish info on that site. Hope this helps and water changes are a must with these guys as well, they produce a lot of waste, causing ammonia problems. Plesae keep us posted.