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I have a 400 litre tank with an external filter with two yellow lab cichlids, a snail and a small catfish. All my water parameters are good and the tank has a heater and I feed my fish sinking cichlid balls once each day.
One of my yellow labs started having buoyancy issues about four days ago.
And then he sank to the bottom of the tank and started swimming upside down scraping his head against the gravel at the bottom. He seems very lethargic.
He has no interest in food and doesn't move much.
I've made him a floatation device that allows him to float near the middle of the tank so that he doesn't keep scraping his head. The base of his fins are red and also under his scales on his sides. He also has green patches on his head.
Please can someone with experience try to help me.
I really want him to stick around.
 

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When a fish cannot keep upright, it is often too late to save them. The red is also a sign of advanced illness, but neither of those tell us what he has. Which we need to know to know what medication to use.

Please post the test results for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

Can you post a picture of the green patches? Yellow labs get dark pigment on their yellow parts, but maybe this is something different.
 
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