fish isn't small, it's a blue tang that is 4" long. he eats when he can and doesn't have any signs of ich or fungus or fins frayed. but just has a bulge in his belly (not big). i've debated grabbing him and squeezing the air out of him but felt that is alittle cruel. am i out of luck with this one?
I dont know if this is true or not, but my friend had a sick fish one time, and it was floating at the top and on its side alot--- her mom called someplace and they said feed it peas or SOMETHING like that- I swear that her fish got better... maybe you should check into that??????
I have no idea, but I'm being serious.
found something about the pea treatment for swimbladder:
I dont know if I'm allowed to post this site, but if it will help your fish.... http://www.petfish.net/swimbladder.htm
do a google search on it...
make sure you read up about it first though.... like i said im not 100% sure... but i know my friend did it, and there are also a few web results that come up when i google'd it
hope your fish gets well... give us an update soon
correct me if I'm wrong, don't blue tangs play dead a lot? I'm not sure if they sink or float, but just something i've heard somewhere or other. Also, vegies are often a cure for constapation, we used them on my sisters oscar and they worked perfectly.
Originally posted by baytran7
...but just has a bulge in his belly (not big)...
Doesn't swelling usually indicate injury or infection? I'd vote for QT and a round of antibiotics to be safe. If it's injury, the antibiotics can reduce the oppurtunistic diseases, if infection it should help him get better.
Peas couldn't hurt though. I tried them on freshwater fish before, and it does the trick. Might not be nutritionally balanced for a sea critter, but as a treatment you can always give it a shot. I'd imagine most whole, live macroalgaes would have a similar effect on the gut as peas. What is his normal diet?