Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Christiansburg, Va
Behold! The power of peas!
So, two days ago I find two Black Neons behind my Hamburg Mattenfilter - for the life of me I can't find the gap they got through - anyhow I got them out. I thought they'd been dead for a month now, amazing how long fish can survive on little nummy bits I can't even see. One of them is suffering from swim bladder disease and it wasn't before it went missing. I don't know if it was the stress of me trying (unsuccessfully) to net it, or from being behind the filter so long. After 30 minutes of trying to catch it, I finally caved and pulled out the Poret foam to release the stubborn fish. I should have just done that to start, but the first fish was so easy to net!
After doing some reading because I've never encountered swim bladder disease before, I fed the fish peas that night. Then I didn't feed at all for a day & 1/2, and fed peas again. Now the old gal is 90% normal. She swims in a straight line but is still a bit tilted when hovering. Before, her head was up at a 45 degree angle and she'd sink if she didn't aggressively swim. I was worried she die of exhaustion! I never knew about peas as fish food until I came here. Her belly still looks strangely bloated to me though, we'll see.
Since I took out the Poret foam, I repositioned it when replacing it - I couldn't see a gap before and I can't see one now. Whether it's better or not I don't know. I do know I'll be very precise on my next ones!