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post #1 of 11 Old 11-14-2010, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy My Corydoras Bloating to Death?

Oh my goodness! My lonely corydoras in my 10g community tank is bloated! I know your not supposed to keep corydoras by themselves. I am upgrading tanks December, then I will have enough room. In the meantime, he is getting fatter. Should I stop feeding him? Is he getting sick? Imput appreciated! Thanks!

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-15-2010, 04:38 PM
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I am not any sort of expert on nutrition or disease, but those who do know about these things will need some more info. Can you give the water parameters, what foods you are feeding the cory and how often.

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-15-2010, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Apologies, thanks for the tip Byron!

Ok, I feed my corydoras 1/2 of an algae wafer everyday. He is in a tank where, unfortunately, lots of flakes float to the bottom (about 5 per daily feeding). The ammonia has been at 0ppm for a long while (according to Jungle Test strips, which I discontinued useing yesterday (API drops are cheaper and more accurate!)). I will test it with the drops later.

The tank has an unfortunate history of an unknown diesase (Unbeatable mouthrot?)

If you need any more info, just ask. I will be happy to answer any questions! Thanks!

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1.0.1 Convict Cichlid
0.1.0 Firemouth Cichlid

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post #4 of 11 Old 11-15-2010, 06:04 PM
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I forgot to also ask if a photo of the cory with the spot clearly visible could be included. Photos are very helpful to ID things.

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-15-2010, 06:50 PM
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You sure it's bloated and not full of eggs, They can get pretty big looking when full of them.
Cories are also well known for being little piggies,

A picture would help

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post #6 of 11 Old 11-15-2010, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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These are the pics for now. I'll try to have more up tomorrow. Flash photography stresses out my fish.
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FireOasis - 3g
Zachary the Halfmoon Plakat

CichlidHaven - 55g (under construction!)
0.0.7 Black Widow Tetra
1.0.1 Convict Cichlid
0.1.0 Firemouth Cichlid

HermitBase - 10g
Zephus & Monoculus the Purple Pinchers (Coenobita clypeatus)

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-15-2010, 08:54 PM
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Looks like two females to me.
The females do get alot bigger and plumper then the males.
They look fine from what I can see in the images

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post #8 of 11 Old 11-15-2010, 08:56 PM
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Did he swell up within a day or two? I don't see anything obvious and he could just be fat from eating too much. I have 6 albinos in my 75 gallon tank and two of them are fatties.

Don't give him any wafers for a few days and see if he improves. They do pretty well just catching and eating what falls to the bottom of the tank. I only throw in 3 sinking wafers (small ones) once or twice a week for my cories and they're healthy.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-15-2010, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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A female? The corydoras in the pictures are the same fish. One picture reflects off the glass. He is probably the biggest AC I have ever seen. I used to have a male in with it about 2 months ago but the male died. Don't even know why.

I thought the corydoras in the picture was a male, but now it matches the description of a female. I don't think it was overnight. I haven't fed it much in the last week. He/she hasn't shrunk at all. As big as it is, I wouldn't be suprised to find eggs everywhere (unless the tetras will eat them).

I don't know why those plant pictures are there. I was putting them in a different thread and somehow they got put on this one.

And if anyone can guess what the diesase is going around in the tank (from the link), please post on the thread "unbeatable mouthrot".

Thanks!

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Zachary the Halfmoon Plakat

CichlidHaven - 55g (under construction!)
0.0.7 Black Widow Tetra
1.0.1 Convict Cichlid
0.1.0 Firemouth Cichlid

HermitBase - 10g
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-15-2010, 09:18 PM
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Should have seen two of my girls before they spawned last week,
They were hugh,
I grabbed my bag of chips, pulled up a chair and watched them for hours,
Always entertaining watching those guys.
One went on all day long the other started later and went well into the night,
Their bellies dropped drastically in size after spawning,

Oh and yup I got lots of baby cories right now, :) Albino's And Peppers

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