Swim Bladder Problem?

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After cleaning my tank last bight, my fish is having trouble swimming normally. She is floating up in top corner, laying on her side. Every so often she will try to swim down and is very uncoordinated. She ends up nose down and you can tell she is getting tired trying to hold herself upright. Then she ends up back in top corner of tank by an internal filter. Tanks very clean and tested water today; nitrite - 20; nitrate is - 0; ph is low at 6.2; ammonia is .5. Idid a 30% water change and added Prime to new water. Tap water ammonia is 0 due to large rainstorm. She does try to come to me to eat, but tires easily and goes back to upper corner. She is not gasping for air and seems to be breathing normal. There is plenty of aeration in tank. She did eat a rather large goldfish yesterday and I've read that contipation can cause swim bladder problems. I was hoping this would resolve on it's own, but it's going on 18 hours. Any ideas?
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I have no idea about swim bladder problems but are your nit and nat readings right?
They look back to front to me, i thought you had your tank cycled?
I hope that`s the last goldfish too, there are much better things to feed them especially when you`re having trouble with his health.. ;)

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As far as my memory goes, I do believe the readings are what I got. I didn't intentionally feed him that goldfish. He had hidden in there and I was about to take it out as I thought it was too big for oscar. Goldfish had been in there at least 2 weeks.Stayed hidden. Some one else saw Oscar catch him. I saw the tail stick out. He got in there by accident.I've been taking out some of the gravel to make cleaning easier. When I took gravel out, it really stank. But after vacuming and doing water change, water was not very dirty at all. Keeping a light layer of gravel in from now on. Did have to change 2 filters. 1 in each of HOB 60 gall filters. They were clogged and filthy when I was just going to rinse them in tank water in pail. Still had 3 carbon filters and 5 biofilters left in filters. Been adding seachem stabilizer as follows- 1 capful per 20 galls every day for last 5 days. Supposed to do same for 2 more days to assure good BB.
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I would be a little worried that your cycle may have gone again :(
Do i remember correctly you had 0 Nitrite and Low Nitrates, in the last week or so?
Good idea about the gravel, less is better!

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Yes roxy, looking at my test log on 11-30 had 10 - nitrate, 0 nitrite and .5 ammonia. Should I add more of the stabilizer to get nitrite and nitrate right again. May be cleaning tank too much and doing too much as for w/c's.What do you think?
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Hmmm, not sure, its not something i`ve had to deal with before. Maybe you accidently upset something by stirring up the gravel. The readings you had on 11-30 are what you`re aiming for, apart from the ammonia but you are adding prime for that seeing how its in your tap water.
Maybe now most of the gravel is out you can do partial water changes with prime to get your cycle back, try to get your nitrites back to 0 and your nitrates low as you can.
Poor Oscar was just coming good again too!

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Just went out to check on her. She almost back to normal. Fed her a couple pieces of shrimp and she chews on it, then spits it out. Tried flakes and she ate those fine. She a bit unstable, but much better. Bet it was that rogue goldfish, upset her stomach. Think she'll be okay. Will try to get bb back. Prime is working on ammonia. Getting there. She's a hardy fish! :)
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That`s good news, they do like to worry their owners!
Once you get your cycle back and get into a regular routine it will all work out :)

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Going to either buy or at least order a 2nd filter tomorrow. Also look into a batery air pump for power failures. They are common here in winter. Thanks for your help.
That fish is going to drive me nuts, scaring mama all the time. She's got more lives than my cats.lol.
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Hahah they are buggers like that, they love the attention i think!
What sort of filter are you looking at? There`s been lots of talk lately about the sun sun canisters, they are cheap if you`re on a budget and do a great job.
If your dollars stretch a bit more you could get 2 and leave a spare in the cupboard in case one fails, then just lift all your media out of the broken one into the new one so you keep your cycle.

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