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emergency, please help

Okay, so I have a small tank with a couple of fish, some snails, and seagrass. I have a C02 yeast injector and everything has been fine until today. I bought a better airstone to make micro bubbles, and it worked great, but when I came home after a few hours, one of my fish was swimming sporadically and he looked like he was dying. I pulled him out and turned the C02 off, and I fully oxygenated the tank, but he still looks terrible and cannot seem right. Could it be that the micro bubbles got under his scales? Is there anything I can do to help save him? Thank
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He appears to only be able to swim up side down. If he tries to go anywhere he ends up rolling. Hee is very tiny btw, less than half an inch long
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The symptoms doesn't sounds like that of co2 poisoning.
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If the micro bubbles were indeed that small, then gas bubble disease could be the problem.
Off balance is indeed one of the symptoms.

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Thank you so much. After reading that article, I ask certain that has bubble disease is the problem. This is now happening to both of my fish, and I feel terrible for doing it to them. Does anybody happen to know if there's anything I can do?
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I do not know for sure.
However, I would suspect that cooler water would be better than warm water. Cooler water will hold more gas than warm water. Warm water wants to get rid of the gas, so it ends up in places like the fishes' bodies.

For lack of anything else to do I would allow the temperature to drop to what ever is the low end of the safe range for the fish.

I have NO IDEA if this will actually help. The gamble is that we are hoping the gas will leave the fish and 'go somewhere', like back into the water.
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Well, it's not looking good. One of my fish has completely disappeared. I have searched for him all morning to no avail. The other one looks like he's might eventually recover, but he's still a little of balance. I don't know if others have had issues with this, but I think it's a fair warning. Keep an eye on saturation levels, especially in small tanks with C02 injectors, or or could be fatal
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Increase the surface agitation to release the gases so it doesn't happen again. The gas in the fish's body will return slowly to the water if there is less gas in the water.

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