Disabled goldfish gets one-of-a-kind floating 'wheelchair' to fight disease

The goldfish in its new floating "wheelchair".

The goldfish in its new floating "wheelchair".

A goldfish permanently stuck at the bottom of its tank because of an incurable disease has been buoyed by a one-of-a-kind floating "wheelchair".

An aquarium worker identified only as Derek, 20, told Buzzfeed a customer had brought the fish, which suffers from swim bladder disease, into his shop in San Antonio, US.

Water treatments and adjustments to the fish's diet were unsuccessful in treating the disease, so Derek engineered the "wheelchair".

"I got some airline tubing that people usually use in their tank and just placed it around the goldfish," Derek told Buzzfeed.

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"I added some valves to the bottom of it, which acted as a 'chair' to prop him up.

"I added weights to the bottom of the 'chair' and something to keep him afloat on top [styrofoam], and slowly removed pieces until I achieved just the right buoyancy to make it easy for him to swim around without feeling like he's dragging around a chair.

"The bottom weight is almost equal to the pull on top so it works quite well for him!"

The "wheelchair" has captured the hearts of Twitter users, with a picture tweeted by Derek's friend Taylor Dean so far racking up more than 27,000 retweets.

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 - Stuff


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