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Old 12-14-2012, 11:13 PM   #1
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I was given a pigeon blood that has an air bubble far down its side, about 3/4 the way down. I know it's an air bubble because I have attempted to treat by extracting whatever may have been in there, there was only air in there. After doing so the bubble flattens but then it fills back up.



He's doing fine... He apparently has been like this for a year. I just want to help get him to swim properly again, he's been face down for a long while apparently.



If anyone has had any similar experiences please help me. If not, does anyone know a marine biologist I can contact to assist me in my attempt to save this guy??



Thanks in advance for your help.





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Old 12-15-2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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Try using indian almond leaves, this might help. I have use it for discus that are getting thin and they recovered. Alot of betta breeders use them.

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If what this fish has is a swim bladder or Head Standing disease...there is no known cure. Try to contain it in a smaller tank say 10g or 20g. You can assist it by lowering the water level which helps its buoyancy. You can try adding salt 1-2 TSP per 10g and crank up the air.
Could be an internal bacterial issue. Kanamcyin treatment may help but not cheap $$$ Very clean water is a must.
http://www.simplydiscus.com/library/...standing.shtml
You may consider putting it under if meds prices or space is a factor.
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It is definitely not swim bladder or head standing disease... It it literally a air bubble under its skin. I will keep you guys up to date.


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Ok here goes nothing.

How's the fish poop? Is the fish having diarrhea?
I think initially the fish probably got some internal parasite either worms or amebae. With inflammation and infection, the gut wall got broken down and gut flora/bacteria starts to infect the fish.

Based on what I learnt in school, C dif can colonize humane gut at least and sometimes after the gut is destroyed people get infection that produces gas. So the gas underneath the skin might be from a C diff infection.

So you seem to have a few things going on here. Worms, amebae, and C diff.

Luckily, both Amebae and C diff are sensitive to metronidazole/flagyl. You need to prepare a food mix with metronidazole and feed it to the fish and also dose the tank with metronidazole.

For the worm, if it's tape worm you can cover it with prazipro. If it is round worm, you can kill that with some panacur, it's usually for dogs. I got it online for a couple dollars.

I'll cross my fingers and hope for the best for the poor fish!

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