newly introduced Corydora floating on side

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10 Oct 2015 15:12 - 10 Oct 2015 15:12 #1 by CG (K Lynch)
Hi all,

I bought a couple of corydoras from my LFS (A peppered and a bronze) to keep the three I have happy.

I brought him home and did the usual aclimitzation thing.
I noticed that he seemed to be floating but I just thought it was nothing.
He swam round for a while and then floated to the surface. If I move the net a little close, he swims down and then floats up again.
My LFS offered to take him back but I'd like to help the fella if I can.
He's not eating.

My tank is in pretty good shape (the water is fine).

All the other fish are ok and other new cory is mingling.

Any advice?
Last edit: 10 Oct 2015 15:12 by CG (K Lynch).

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10 Oct 2015 16:44 #2 by CG (K Lynch)

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10 Oct 2015 17:03 #3 by JohnH (John)

CG wrote: anyone?


In the absence of any other suggestions I would get that fish back to the shop as quickly as possible, I wouldn't think it had a long life ahead of it - but that's just what I would do.

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10 Oct 2015 17:14 #4 by CG (K Lynch)
Thank you, John.
I appreciate your reply.
It'll be Monday before they're open. I have clove oil and thought of euthanising him but I don't think I can do that.

He's limp at the top of the tank. His breathing does'nt seem too laboured. Every now and then he dives to the bottom and then because of swim bladder or some other issue floats up again to his side.

I'm a bit worried that it might be an infection and that it could be spread.
Otherwise, I have the lights out (to de-stress). :(

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10 Oct 2015 17:34 #5 by JohnH (John)
It sounds like more of a swim bladder problem than any infection - sometimes fish can lose their equilibrium - for a while, at least - from eating too much dried food (and probably a few mouthfuls of air in the process) but as Corys are largely bottom feeders I would suggest this is a little unlikely in this instance especially as you tell us it isn't feeding either.
Many years ago a 'hit-or-miss' attempt at a remedy was to keep the afflicted fish in a shallow (only just enough to cover the fish) water bath with the temperature increased up to the low eighties f. This might be worth a 'last-ditch' attempt, but I, personally, never found this to be of much help.
Up to you, really.
Maybe we can get a few more suggestions?

John

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10 Oct 2015 18:19 #6 by trent (trent)
whats temp of tank ?

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10 Oct 2015 18:59 #7 by CG (K Lynch)
24/25 c

all my platy's, platy fry, tetra fry and cory's are fine.

I introduced this guy just a few hours ago.

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10 Oct 2015 20:24 #8 by trent (trent)
how is the ammonia, nitrate nitrite ? thye can be sensitive to that sometimes

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11 Oct 2015 06:36 #9 by CG (K Lynch)
ammonia 0
nitrite 0
ph 7
nitrate around 6-8
water hardness - 3-4

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11 Oct 2015 08:12 #10 by trent (trent)
i couldnt tell you what wrong but id go with what john said

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11 Oct 2015 08:19 - 11 Oct 2015 08:21 #11 by CG (K Lynch)
Thank you, guys.

This morning he's not moving much but at least he's not floating to the top.
I put him in a breeders fry net so I can monitor him.

All the fish are on a pea diet for a few days.

fingers crossed that he'll be ok.

I'll keep ye updated.
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12 Oct 2015 15:47 #12 by CG (K Lynch)
a lot more movement from the cory today and he's eating :)
I'm keeping him in the fry net for a couple of days to monitor

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13 Oct 2015 15:58 #13 by CG (K Lynch)
latest update:

the last couple of days, he has barely moved and when he swims, he loses his buoyancy.
he's not eating much.

I've since read that the pea diet doesn't work with cory's so I tried the recommended water changes.

I'm thinking of bringing him back to the LFS tomorrow.

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13 Oct 2015 16:38 #14 by JohnH (John)
After yesterday's update I was getting ready to write a post saying how delighted I was to be proved wrong - but after today's missive I think you have gone well 'beyond the call of duty' and have tried your best to pull the fish through but think now that it would be time to do as you suggest.

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14 Oct 2015 13:52 #15 by CG (K Lynch)
Sadly, he was doing worse today.
I brought him back to the LFS.

Thanks for your help.

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