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What to do if your fish is floating on its side?

What to do if your fish is floating on its side?

If the affected fish floats with part of its body constantly exposed to the air, applying a bit of Stress Coat water conditioner (which helps improve the fish’s slime coat) can help avoid the development of sores and reddened spots.

What does it mean when a fish lays on its side?

Swim bladder disease is a common fish illness and it’s often the reason why your betta fish is laying on its side. Swim bladder disease refers to a condition that means the swim bladder can no longer function correctly.

How do you know if your fish is dying?

Loss of appetite. Weakness or listlessness. Loss of balance or buoyancy control, floating upside down, or ‘sitting’ on the tank floor (most fish are normally only slightly negatively-buoyant and it takes little effort to maintain position in the water column) Erratic/spiral swimming or shimmying.

Should I euthanize my fish with swim bladder?

Removing and euthanizing infected fish promptly will minimize the chances of healthy fish becoming sick. Fish with poorly developed swim bladders (“belly sliders”) and deformed spines are particularly common among inbred fish, such as some fancy livebearers.

Why is my goldfish swimming on his side?

Swim bladder disease is when a fish loses its ability to regulate the air going in and out of its swim bladder. This causes the fish to swim strangely, on its side, or even upside down. The job of the swim bladder is to help the goldfish stay stable in the water and control the way in which it floats.

Why does my goldfish keep laying on its side?

If your goldfish is lying on its side at the bottom of the tank, then it could be due to a few things. It’s most likely going to be swim bladder disease, dropsy, or constipation. Unfortunately, if it’s dropsy, there’s not much you can do, and the chances of recovery are slim.

How do you help a dying fish?

A dying fish is comforted greatly by having clean, warm water along with a safe and quiet environment without bright lights or loud noises. A dying fish should also be removed from any other aggressive fish in their tank and not overfed to avoid stomach pain or discomfort.