Hey guys it’s Lady Pops and today I had a
really stressful day. I went downstairs this morning to make a cup of tea, i’m all dazed
and disorientated. I look over at my fish tank and swimming upside down but perfectly
alive was one of my female goldfish. Now this really upset me so I ran straight back upstairs,
got on the computer and found out that the reason for this may be that my goldfish has
a swim bladder problem. The swim bladder is an organ that fish have that when functioning
properly enables them to swim up and down at will. It also enables the fish to maintain
its buoyancy. When the swim bladder becomes blocked, infected or becomes filled with too
much air it ceases to do its job. Thus the fishes inability to swim or swim properly.
Many fish because of their odd shape are highly susceptible to swim bladder problems. Just
like my fish. My fish it has a round belly and it did not look well. I felt so bad for
it so I did some research and I found this. So step one. Get a packet of frozen peas.
Step two make sure that the peas are nice and defrosted. I just got mine and put them
in a bowl and put them in the microwave for, like, about twenty seconds and then I rolled
them in my hands to get them warmer. Step three, take the skin off of the pea. Now you
can do that easily just by giving it a little pinch and pushing the inside through. Next,
you need to put the pea into the gold fish tank and try and feed the fish. Now that is
easier said than done people. Have you ever tried to feed one specific goldfish?! I have
a lot of goldfish in my tank, I have about six to eight goldfish and they are greedy!
I cannot describe to you how hard it is to feed one specific goldfish. Erm, so in the
end I had to just drop a load of peas in. A few of the other goldfish ended up eating
some pea, but in the end she did grab two whole, half of a peas, so a whole pea. Then
we had to play the waiting game. Now on the wikipedia page it does say, er, to keep trying
if the fish doesn’t eat the pea immediately remove it and try again. The fish will eat
the pea eventually as all goldfish are perpetually hungry and require certain amount of greens
in their diet for optimum nutrition. It says until the fish eats the pea withhold all other
food. I also read somewhere else that you should probably not feed your goldfish for
about three days, er, because if it is a blockage you don’t want to keep piling food on. Goldfish
are one of the studier kinds of fish, I read and I think they will be fine for three days.
If they look a bit weak, obviously drop a bit of food in for them but I think it’s ok.
Now, the wikipedia page does also suggest that if you do not want to use pea. You can
also use, not sure if I am saying it right, but alternatively you can also try feeding
them live, frozen or freeze-dried daphnia. So I have just got back upstairs and I am
so happy it has literally been maybe an hour or fourty minutes and the fish already is
looking so much better. She is swimming, erm, perfectly fine on her own again. And I am
so happy with these results. Now this is a disclaimer. This may not work for all fish.
The problem might not be swim bladder and they might not react well to the pea. I am
not sure, so don’t take this as a “this will definitely fix your goldfish”. If you suspect
something that is seriously wrong with your fish I recommend taking them to your local
fish shop, get the proper medical treatment. I mean, there are a lot of trained professionals
out there who deal with aquariums and fish and know a lot more than I do. But this just
happened to work for me. Alright then guys, I am off, bye!