Tetra swimming on side

griff5499
  • #1
my tetra raspora harlequin has been swimming on her side for three days now. All other fish are ok. I've had my tank up for 9 months and my readings are within parameters. Any ideas as to what this could be?
 

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kattiq
  • #2
Do you have any pictures?
Does the fish try to swim and can't? Is the belly bloated? We need more details on their behavior.
Are they eating?
 
A201
  • #3
Either a intestinal bacterial infection or parasitic infestation, adversely affecting the swim bladder.
These things usually don't end well for the infected fish, but is usually fish specific & does not spread as long as tankmates aren't allowed to nibble on an infected corpse.
 
griff5499
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  • #4
Do you have any pictures?
Does the fish try to swim and can't? Is the belly bloated? We need more details on their behavior.
Are they eating?
No he looks normal does eat just swims on his side in circles
 

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kattiq
  • #5
So does it look like its whirling around? I've had this issue before and it was due to pH swings. But usually was quick onset and the fish died fairly soon after. I would separate if possible- breeder box would work or even a plastic bowl and float it in the tank and just change the water out daily.
A2 is probably correct in it might have an infection which is causing swim bladder too.
 

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