02-24-2013, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Nikikim
Ive noticed a few others with the tiniest little bit of a protrusion. The more I sit here and google the more I think prolapsed rectum is rather common and usually correct itself, but her case seems somewhat severe. I feed them cichlid flakes. Same food they have always got. I watched one of my big males take a giant big fat poop that kinda shot out of him, not the usual stringy poop. ( sorry for my unique description) so Im leading towards constipation being a leading factor in the problem. What i dont understand is my gramma had this tank for years, and Ive had it now for a week and I am not doing anything different in terms of feeding except Im not feeding as much as my gramps was. They were apparently over fed ( says the "fish guy" who I hired to move the tank). Grampa fed them twice a day twice what they needed, and I am now feeding them 3 times a day smaller amounts. This particular female is missing part of her head from a previous injury a long time ago. I have a soft spot for her. A part of me wants to net her and poke it back in... bad idea????
netting her and pushing it back in sounds extremely dramatic in terms of a fish seeing how if they get stressed they get sick and develop all kinds of problems. one of them earlyier mentioned some type of parasite. maybe do some more investigation and then possibly medicate. i dont think the fish would live through being netted pin ned down and soemthing being forced back inot its butt. but thtas just my opinion fish can be super sensitive to these kidns of things. atelast i think so.