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Deanna01 06-17-2013 10:58 AM

Hugely bloated tetra--euthanize?
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Hi, all. One of my tetras today is massively bloated--literally spherical. Here's a pic, though I realize the quality is poor.

I can't imagine it can recover from this, whatever it is, though I'm happy to be told I'm wrong. Should I euthanize the poor thing?

jaysee 06-18-2013 03:56 PM

I would for sure, but that's just me.

GwenInNM 06-18-2013 05:16 PM


Originally Posted by jaysee (Post 2350490)
I would for sure, but that's just me.

I second that! Poor thing :(

Romad 06-18-2013 06:22 PM

Ugh! I think you have to :( Sorry.

Bongox3 06-18-2013 10:42 PM

Terrible, but I agree... Not to be cold, but maybe want to see if it's parasitic postmortem too... Hopefully none of the others are showing anything similar... Was he a new addition?

Bongox3 06-18-2013 10:45 PM

Are you sure it's not egg laden or constipated? Anyway, u can quarantine for a bit...or does he/she seem completely listless and/or distressed? It does look rather bad...but hate to euthanize and not be sure.... Sorry for the flip flop messages...and for the possible loss....

Deanna01 06-22-2013 12:54 PM

To update: A friend convinced me to try the pea trick with this tetra: thawing out frozen peas, smashing them, and feeding them to the whole tank so that it would eat some. I was absolutely convinced there was no way it would work, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. By the next day, the tetra was half the size it had been, and by the day after I couldn't even tell which tetra had been affected.

I'm astounded, honestly. I thought the poor thing was a goner.

Romad 06-22-2013 01:46 PM

Wow!!! That has to be a first for me. I've never seen anything recover from that size. Big thumbs up :thumbsup:

Bongox3 06-22-2013 05:49 PM

Very happy for you...glad you didn't put it down...also, sorry for my first pst...I almost instantly felt off about it once I pressed submit... Well done...

Deanna01 06-22-2013 06:01 PM

I absolutely don't blame anyone for advising me to put him down. I honestly thought I was wasting my time attempting the peas and felt bad for even trying. I can't believe the fish bounced back from that.

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