Why does my fish keep floating sideways?

When a fish is unable to control its depth, or starts swimming sideways, upside side down, or head or tail down, it may have “swim bladder disease.” A fish with swim bladder disease can be a troubling sight to see, but it can be treated.

Why does my Koi float at the top of the pond?

If your koi floats at the top of the pond or rolled on its side (but not dead), then they have an excess of internal gas, usually from an over inflated swim bladder. This excess air means they are unable to completely submerge.

Why is my koi swimming upside down and sideways?

If you notice your koi has lost most of it’s buoyancy control and does not ever swim normally, it’s likely the swim bladder. If the strange swimming behaviour is random, and there is periods of normal swimming, it may instead be related to very poor water conditions (i.e. ammonia poisoning). Will my Koi get Better Without Treatment?

How can I tell if my Koi is having an issue?

Quite often fish with any type of issue will exhibit some sort of abnormal body language or behavior. They may swim differently than normal, they may sit on the bottom without moving much, jump out of the water, stop eating, hang around the waterfall or moving water, or isolate themselves from others.

What causes a fish to float on its side?

A swim bladder malfunction is caused by a temporary or permanent deformation of the swim bladder. When it is deformed or narrowed in some way, the fish loses the ability to balance its body, while swimming. The reasons behind that can be the pressure from a swollen belly, too much air swallowed,…

What causes a Koi to float on its side?

Yes, this sounds like it could be a swim bladder issue. Fish have an organ called a swim bladder that they use to maintain bouyancy- it’s an air filled sack that they expand or contract to be more or less bouyant than the water around them. When they lose control of this organ due to stress, illness, poor diet, etc they can show symptoms like this.

Why are my Koi showing symptoms of parasites?

If only one or a small percentage of fish show symptoms, and these symptoms appeared over a period of weeks, (one fish at a time), and the water tests ok then the culprit is more likely to be pathogens like bacteria or parasites, especially the latter. Normally these parasites attack one fish and start to multiply.

What does it mean when a koi is flashing?

Today, let’s take a deeper dive into the symptoms of stress, what may be causing them, and what you can do to alleviate the stress you may be seeing in your Koi. “Flashing” is the term used when Koi turn on their side and swim rapidly and erratically.

What should I do if my Koi is swimming upside down?

In cases such as this, switching to a low-nitrate fish food which sinks instead of floats may be all your koi needs to recover. Testing water quality and reducing nitrate levels will also help, as koi will be taking in free-swimming nitrates while feeding around the pond.

What Is It? This disorder happens when the swim bladder of the fish is too full and changes your fancy goldfish’s buoyancy. Your fish may float to the top of the tank or sink to the bottom of the tank. They may swim sideways or float upside down belly-up.