MBU buoyancy issues

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Since this board has been up, we have found there are several questions that routinely get asked in order to help diagnose problems. If you can have that information to begin with in your post, we'll be able to help right away (if we can!) without having to wait for you to post the info we need.

1) Your water parameters - pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrates and salinity (if appropriate). This is by far the most important information you can provide! Do not answer this with "Fine" "Perfect" "ok", that tells us nothing. We need hard numbers.

2) Tank size and a list of ALL inhabitants. Include algae eaters, plecos, everything. We need to know what you have and how big the tank is.

3) Feeding, water change schedule and a list of all products you are using or have added to the tank (examples: Cycle, Amquel, salt, etc)

4) What changes you've made in the tank in the last week or so. Sometimes its the little things that make all the difference.

5) How long the aquarium has been set up, and how did you cycle it? If you don't know what cycling is read this: Fishless Cycling Article and familiarize yourself with all the information. Yes. All of it.

We want to help, and providing this information will go a LONG way to getting a diagnosis and hopeful cure that much faster.

While you wait for assistance:
One of the easiest and best ways to help your fish feel better is clean water! If you are already on a regular water change schedule (50% weekly is recommended) a good step to making your fish more comfortable while waiting for diagnosis/suggestions is to do a large water change immediately. Feel free to repeat daily or as often as you can, clean water is always a good thing! Use of Amquel or Prime as a dechlor may help with any ammonia or nitrite issues, and is highly recommended.

Note - if you do not normally do large water changes, doing a sudden, large water change could shock your fish by suddenly changing their established water chemistry. Clean water is still your first goal, so in this case, do several smaller (10%) water changes over the next day or two before starting any large ones.
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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Yes, he has to use his tail to swim. He doesn't just float around effortlessly like he use to.

Yes fx5 and a large sponge filter.
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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have u always had the fluval
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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i put the 305 on one of my smaller tanks and had problems with the outake, it wasnt producing enough oxygen
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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and the fish were swimming that way
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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def use the melafix its all natural, but take out the carbon bags in the fluval, if u smash up some peas that could also help if constipation is an issue :D
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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The Fluval is used and about 6 months old. There should be plenty of oxygen with the bubble powered sponge filter.

The sore is looking MUCH better now.
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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Glad to hear he's still eating well. Are all his fins moving ok?
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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fins move great. Trys very hard to hover as he use to and all he can do is scoot across the bottom.
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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ive only ever had this issue with my mbuwhen hes constupated but usuakll only lasts a few days hell have a Big toilet which is usually black then hell perk up. only other thing i can think is he may have ate something thats stuck weighing him down. its a tricky one hope hes well
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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I saw him pass a good sized poop last night. My only remaining thought is he ate something sharp (muscles) and that injured him. He tends to eat a lot of shell. He hasn't gotten any since he has been this way.
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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i really cant see that shell would cause a issue my mbu eats cockle and mussel shell they pass t through very well indeed
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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I know this is an old thread but my 8 inch fahaka is having the exact same problem and was wondering if it was resolved and how. He is currently in a 75g 7.8ph, 0 nitrite, 5ppm nitrate. Still eats good and is pooping fine, doesn't float to one side or another but is stuck on the bottom of tank and when he takes off he works really hard and then just thumps down in the sand like he weighs a ton. No fin issues and outward appearance he has nothing wrong
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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Please start a new thread here & answer all the questions in red: viewforum.php?f=3
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