Input need on clownfish breathing heavy

Jay Hemdal

7500 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 31, 2020
Messages
8,535
Reaction score
7,945
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Dundee
Good to know. Thanks.

I think he now has swim bladder related issues. He is now swimming vertically , nose down tail up. Any recommendations for treatment?
There is no direct treatment for true swim bladder issues - there are other things that mimic this though. Most of those issues coincide with the fish also not eating though.
Jay
 
AS

rortw1

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 14, 2021
Messages
6
Reaction score
2
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Clearwater
My clown also has swim bladder issue for weeks now. I am pretty sure he has an underlying infection that I am trying to treat. Does good after 24 hour GC baths in 5 gallon bucket. Try to keep medicine going with soaked food but after 48 hours or so his appetite states to wane. His swim bladder issue has been present for over a month now. Not sure what else to do. Tried everything I know and have learned. How is your fish doing?
 
OP
3

3D Reefin'

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
May 21, 2019
Messages
224
Reaction score
402
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Brooklyn, NY
My clown also has swim bladder issue for weeks now. I am pretty sure he has an underlying infection that I am trying to treat. Does good after 24 hour GC baths in 5 gallon bucket. Try to keep medicine going with soaked food but after 48 hours or so his appetite states to wane. His swim bladder issue has been present for over a month now. Not sure what else to do. Tried everything I know and have learned. How is your fish doing?

Sorry for the late reply and sorry to hear that about your clownfish. My clown has recovered, lets say 95%. He is still swimming slightly funny but only when he tries to eat. He is struggling to bite the food at the surface of the water, other than that he looks fine.

I don't know if this helps or not, but in cichlids when they have swim bladder issues a common "cure" is to feed them cooked peas. I didn't have peas on hand, so I fed him spirulina flakes and some Hikari seaweed extreme. I can't say that this fixed the issue but he stopped swimming/floating vertically after about 12 days.

I want to point out that I maintained him in a shallow tank, about 4-5" of water with an air stone and no substrate. I decided to keep him in a shallow tank after doing a water change and noticing that he was struggling less in shallow water.

I did water changes every other day and ammonia test twice a day.
 

Do you house a "Reef Safe" Angelfish in your reef tank?

  • YES and it's going good

    Votes: 84 42.2%
  • YES but it's not working out

    Votes: 6 3.0%
  • NO I have tried it in the past and it didn't work out

    Votes: 18 9.0%
  • NO I haven't tried yet

    Votes: 86 43.2%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 5 2.5%
Santa Monica Filtration
Top