Originally Answered: FISH my fish is doing flips and summer-salts and acting weird and I do not know what to do its like its?
Okay well it can be many things wrong with you're fish it can be stressed or It may have Swim Bladder Disease. Do a quick Google on the disease and there should be meds you can try.
Swim Bladder Disorder is an extremely common fish ailment, and it typically looks worse than it actually is. I know, you're probably sitting there watching your poor fish flop around, struggling valiantly to make it to the top for air, and basically looking nothing like his usual graceful self, and thinking to yourself, "This is it, I'm going to lose him." Let me make you feel a little better before I get into all the details - Swim bladder problems are not contagious, they don't seem to be painful, they are generally easy to treat, and they are usually not even close to fatal. Feel better? Good, let's get on to the fun stuff.
Symptoms can include:
Either floats uncontrollably to the top of the tank, or sinks to the bottom.
Seems to struggle greatly while swimming, and often will swim at an unusual angle.
May or may not have a "kinked" spine, often in the shape of an "S" when viewed from above.
May lie around, barely moving except when a mad dash is made to the surface for air.
May or may not have a swollen belly, often caused by constipation
Swim Bladder Disorder Treatment
Swim Bladder Disorder can be caused by several things, and it's best to try to figure out the cause of the problem because the cause will determine what treatment you will want to use. As always, I recommend isolating the ill fish for treatment if you have him/her in a community tank. While Swim Bladder Disorder isn't contagious, isolating the fish will make monitoring and treating the condition much easier on you (and will give the sick fish much needed "quiet time" to recover). If your fish is having a hard time getting to the surface for air, it is often a good idea to lower the water level to make things easier on him. Just remember if you do this that you have much less water volume than before and water changes must be increased to keep him in good health. Below is a list of things that can cause Swim Bladder Disorder, in order from most common to rarest.
Constipation - Constipation is the number one cause of Swim Bladder Disorder in otherwise healthy fish. If your fish is showing symptoms of Swim Bladder Disorder, I always suggest treating the fish as if he has constipation first, because they usually do (click on the underlined "constipation" for treatment information).
Overfeeding - If your fish is displaying symptoms of Swim Bladder Disorder immediately after feedings, and the symptoms tend to go away after a few hours, you are probably overfeeding. It is helpful to remember that fish only have stomachs approximately the size of one eye, so try to feed smaller meals several times a day instead of one giant meal once a day. That is the treatment for Swim Bladder Disorder caused by overfeeding in a nutshell, not too hard, eh?
Injury - Sometimes fish who have recently been through a traumatic experience (being dropped on the floor, being in a physical fight with another fish, etc) may display Swim Bladder Disorder symptoms. In these cases, many times there is permanent damage to the swim bladder. Unfortunately this means that there is no real cure for the disorder if it is caused by injury, but you can manage the illness. Often fish permanent swim bladder problems can live normal, healthy lives if accomodations are made - such as keeping the water level lower than normal to allow for easier access to air, or providing large-leaved plants near the water surface to make a "lounging" spot where launching off for air is more doable for the fish. Swim bladder problems are not painful and are generally not fatal in the case of injury, so these guys have a wonderful prognosis in general.
Birth Defects - This is one of those rare and yet common causes. If you are a fish breeder, it is extremely common to get some fry with congenital swim bladder problems. If you are someone that "collects" fish from petstores, it would be extremely rare to find a fish whose swim bladder problems are caused by birth defects as usually wholesalers that supply the fish will destroy fish with birth defects before they ever make it to the store. As in the case of injury, birth defects are really not curable but they can be managed so that the fish can live normal, happy lives...if less graceful lives than non-damaged fish.