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Einstein, a fantail goldfish, lost the use of his fins when he developed swim bladder, which affects his buoyancy. He was found swimming upside down in the tank until owner, 32-year-old Leighton Naylor designed, a special life jacket using recycled tubing. Continue reading for a video and more information.

Einstein, named after his ability to learn tricks, had been learning ‘fish football’ before he developed problems with the air pockets in his back. Here’s what his owner has to say:

He’s always been a fighter so when he sunk to the bottom one day and couldn’t get back up again it was a very sorry sight. It broke my heart to see him so helpless. He looked so depressed.

I started looking at floating aids and saw one where an owner kept his koi carp afloat by attaching it to a wine bottle cork but that looked quite painful.

I wanted to build something that would allow Einstein to move his fins a little bit and be comfortable at the same time.


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