MBU buoyancy issues

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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.

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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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I believe you should always have substrate in your tanks. Are you treating with Melafix?
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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I didn't like my new arrangement that much anyway. I'll put it back the way I had it with the substrate. And I'll go pick up the mela fix.
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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any improvements?
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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No unfortunetly, He isn't eating as well as he was.
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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I take that back. Just fed him. Ate like a champ.
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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I got most of the stubstrate in but he prefers to sleep on the 1/4 I haven't filled in. I have the melefix in there also.
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least he's eating better...

you got melafix yet for his sore?
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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Yes. Melefix is in. Im going grocery shopping today, what should I pick up for him. I have some shrimp but I need to get fresh shrimp. Any other suggestions?
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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Something hard with lots of shell, like crab legs maybe?
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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Even I don't eat that well. I'll try some more clams and fresh shrimp. How does one quarantine crawfish for large puffers?
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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I keep mine in a minibow 2.5 for a few weeks or so.
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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Well he is eating well (5 large shrimp yesterday) but he still doesn't have the buoyancy. Its been a while and while I don't expect to loose him he doesn't look happy. :(
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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Any chance you could trick him into eating a few shelled, defrosted peas? They tend to act as a great laxative in my experience with other fish.
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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I don't think constipation is an issue. He's eating well and passing what he eats. I've also tried Epsoms salt and noticed some improvement, though that was weeks ago now.
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Re: MBU buoyancy issues

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When he swims does he do this sort of lunging, jerking swimming? Your using a fluval right?
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