My fish seems to always be floating to the top of the tank, why? And how can I fix it?
It is common to at some point see one of your fish floating, but still alive. The cause of floating is due to a problem with the swim bladder. Usually the floating will correct itself within a few days, however sometimes it is a persistent problem and can be nearly impossible to correct.
Common causes of swim bladder problems include;
- Intake of excessive air
- Build up of gas in the swim bladder
- Physical damage
- Accumulation of fluid in the swim bladder – sometimes cause by a bacterial infection
- Incorrect internal growth or a tumour
Remedies that may help rectify the problem include;
- Slightly raising the temperature of the water, to no more than 24 Degrees Celsius
- Starvation / not feeding the fish for a few days
- Try an antibiotic treatment incase there is a bacterial cause.
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If the problem persists please speak to your veterinarian.