08-26-2009, 01:38 PM
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Sounds like she pulled when she should of pushed...
Some fish do have complications just like us, live bearing issues can be difficult to determine as to just what's going on, such as a fry getting stuck, blocking the exit, causing the pressure to build inside? But that's what it sounds like. If she was big for some time and felt threatened, she would hold the birthing process until she felt safe, meanwhile the fry still grow. If this happens again, and only under this circumstance, when you see her eye's popping out, and it looks like she isn't going to make it, gently, squeeze the sides of the belly starting from just behind the gills sliding lateral to the towards the anal fin. She will most likely perish, but, what fry are in her may survive. Usually when the eyes are bulging from birthing, chances are, it's already to late for her. Just remember this a last ditch effort to save the fry, I personally would wait until the moment the eyes came out, and knowing that there is no way for her to survive, then use the above method giving her every chance to birth and recover naturally. I haven't experienced an issue like this but, I'm sure there are some who have.
I'm sorry for your loss, I hope the fry she had, will survive and grow for you.