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    Emperor Tetra Swimming Vertically

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    I have moved my 1 neon, 4 emperor and 6 glowlight tetra to my 17L hospital tank for about 2 weeks now. The neon had a damaged tailfin, the glowlights and emperor tetras was losing color and some white spots on the tail and dorsal fins. After a week the white spots disappeared so i stopped medication for ich. I maintained using pimafix and melafix due to the neon is still recovering its tail and the glowlights still have whitish flesh underneath its scales (supposed to be transparent right?). Just two days ago, 1 of the emperor started swimming vertically with the head on top, swimming in place but looks like struggling to swim. Do i have to take him down now so that others wouldn't be affected if he is carrying somekind of a disease?

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    Re: Emperor Tetra Swimming Vertically

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    Today he's losing all color, yesterday it is more vertical but when I feed them it can swim horizontally. Is he sick or just his favorite swimming motion?

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    Re: Emperor Tetra Swimming Vertically

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    He's back on swimming fully vertically. Is there a way to cure him?

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    Re: Emperor Tetra Swimming Vertically

    For a late reply, emperor tetra normal swim vertically with head down or horizontal, you fish is sick, and probably frightened, and emperor are normally aggressive, I know mine are, all my diamond tetra gets scared and tail nibbled, so I put it in another tank.

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    Re: Emperor Tetra Swimming Vertically

    Maybe it's a swim bladder issue why your fish is swimming vertically. The main cause of swim bladder is overfeeding, which leads to constipation. Another cause is gulping air when they grab food from the surface of the water. Enlarged organs and infections can also cause swim bladder disease. Water temperature can also prove problematic for your fish's swim bladder.

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