Sickening youtube video will keep me up at night
I stumbled across a youtube video the other day that gives me nightmares. This guy was showing how to cure a floating issue. He’s using a hypodermic needle to extract air from the swim bladder organ. I couldn’t believe my eyes
The fish he treats will now be laying helplessly on the bottom of the tank, still constipated of course
The swim bladder organ is connected to the intestinal tract by a tiny tube where Co2 (gas created from waste) is exchanged. If the tract slows, the fish becomes overly buoyant. If the tract becomes impacted, the fish may float to the surface depending on how much gas is trapped in the bladder
This is the best reason I know to feed less food more often. Goldfish in the wild evolved as constant grazers, and have no stomach to speak of. Food is hard to come by, so they spend the day searching for any morsel they can find. Their diet consist mostly of vegetation which is high in roughage
Goldfish digest their food within a matter of hours, and once the food is out of their tract, there’s no gas for the bladder to utilize. Some goldfish keepers withhold food in an effort to reduce floating issues, but this isn’t the cure. Feeding tiny meals throughout the day keeps the tract moving with a constant supply of gas to the bladder, but it also keeps our fish happy. Their entire day evolves around food, and feeding only once or twice a day makes for a boring day and a hungry one
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OMG really? I’m so glad I didn’t see those videos. I’m used to seeing horrible fish photos and videos, but chickens?
Yes. I’m afraid it’s the latest trend now. We know swimming issues are really common due to improper feeding, but it’s such an easy fix. Peas usually take care of the light cases, however, some fish have impacted intestines, and it takes a real treatment. I’m pleased to say our Float remedy has never let a fish down, or should I say the opposite, as in relieving constipation, allowing them to swim down. LOL I’m so funny
Although water quality is unrelated to constipation, it’s true that any fish with any small ailment will quickly succumb to infection in water that is poor in quality. I suppose fish in poor water may even get constipated more easily than fish in good water due to the fact their general health is poor, so digestion would be poor as well
I used to visit some of those sites in hopes of spreading the word, but I come off as a know it all, and people think I’m crazy, so I just hope some of them will find the site and follow my lead
Thanks for sharing
I have seen that exact same video! I saw it a few weeks ago. And guess what? I’m in a group on FB and people are actually DOING it. They feel so ‘accomplished’ but I can’t imagine they even know what they’re doing. Many chime in and don’t ask the right questions. For instance, how’s the water? Immediately jump to the sickness. Many do encourage peas and stop feeding but what about working on meticulous water quality?
I have chickens and occasionally they get sour crop. Usually starts when the crop gets compacted with food. There are youtubes that show people how to cut the crop open with a razor blade! Take the food out then sew it w/dental floss or super glue. I cannot believe it.