Goldfish Kept Afloat With Cork And A Clothing Tag

Owner fashioned a floating device to help it stay upright.

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This goldfish was having trouble swimming, so its owner fashioned a flotation device with a cork and a clothing tag to help it swim upright. Photo via This goldfish has what looks to be swim bladder disease. Photo by Reddit user leability.
John Virata

By the looks of it, this goldfish may have swim bladder disease, which basically prevents it from swimming upright. So, the owner did what he thought would help the fish by suspending a piece of cork above the goldfish with a clothing tag not unlike what you would find on the back of your shirt.


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John B. Virata has been keeping fish since he was 10 years old.  He currently keeps an 80 gallon cichlid tank, a 20 gallon freshwater community tank and a 29 gallon BioCube with a Percula clown, a huge blue green chromis, and a firefish all in his kitchen, and a 55 gallon FOWLR tank with a pair of Ocellaris clowns, two blue green chromis, a six line wrasse, a peppermint shrimp, assorted algae and a few aiptasia anemones in his living room. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata

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