Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Cure to Swim Bladder Problems without medicines.

I am relatively new to the art of Tropical Fish keeping and have had a healthy tropical fish tank for about  three months now. Last week I noticed that my female black molly was having problems with controlling her buoyancy. I was aware of swim bladder disease which causes fish to unintentionally float near the surface. Prior to her doing this I noticed the male black molly being quite aggressive chasing her and bumping her about and I assumed that he could have knocked her in the wrong place and caused this issue to occur, or it could just be one of those things.

The tank I have I do not use chemicals other than those used to start the bacteria when the tank was initially setup and those used to take out the harsh chemicals from tap water.

I was looking around online and came up with a cheap (and very often free) solution to curing swim bladder problems. Here is what I did.

Isolate the fish in its own tank which is the correct temperature (has heater and filter) has been filled up with tap water with the water purifying treatment in. (mine is at 24 degrees c - however it may vary depending upon the ideal temperature for the fish species).

Feed the fish as you would normally but only give minimal amount of regular fish food. Take two peas from the freezer and de-shell them. Allow the pea's to thaw naturally and as they are de-shelled they should be in two halves. Drop the two peas (four halves) into the fish tank where your fish with swim bladder problems is.

You must be aware at this point depending upon the severity of the swim bladder problem the fish may not be able to swim to the bottom of the tank, in this case place the individual fish into a "hatchery net" (you can do this in the normal tank if you so wish) and drop the pea in with the fish suffering with swim bladder issues so that the fish can easily reach the pea.

Mrs Molly (Recovered from Swim Bladder Naturally)

Overall I am very happy with the results and within 4 days of my female molly eating her first pea she is already recovered from her swim bladder issues and has re-joined the main fish tank. I put my molly in my main tank last night (3rd June 2013) and this morning I came downstairs to find her asleep in the lower-mid section of the tank next to her mate.

I hope that you will enjoy reading this and I hope that it will help you resolve any swim bladder issues that your fish may be suffering from. Personally I dont like using chemicals in tropical fish tanks - its not natural. Natural remedies do work and I have witnessed first hand at this.

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