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squidward 02-24-2009 12:25 AM

My Tiger Barbs have big bellies, pregant or bloated?
Hi guys, new to this whole fish thing and learning as i go. Could my tiger barbs be pregnant, we just brought them home on saturday and they looked fine, but today their bellies are swollen. Here is whats going on in our tank at the moment:
36 G with:
2 pictus catfish - I think one of them has ick
1 velvet swordtail - has ick
3 - tetras
4 - fruit tetras
1 - neon blue dwarf gourami
3 - tiger barbs

We just noticed the ick last night, so i raised the temp to 80F from 78F and added the salt, plus today i did a 20% water change and added some Quick Cure at half dose.

The tiger barbs dont have ick, but like i said all the sudden their bellies swelled up today on 2 of them, could they have eaten too much?

Thanks for all your help, I've learned some much on this site already!

mitcore 02-24-2009 12:45 AM

what are you feeding them?
there are a few things it could be

squidward 02-24-2009 01:05 AM

I alternate every other day with TetraMin tropical flakes and New Life Spectrum community formula pellets. I only feed them once a day.

mitcore 02-24-2009 01:20 AM

well it is not the food
have you seen them do a mating dance?
swimming around locking lips?

squidward 02-24-2009 01:32 AM

Hmmm...not sure about the lips thing but they do chase each other alot.

Twistersmom 02-24-2009 07:23 AM

all of my female tiger barbs stay nice and fat. If there are no scales sticking out and they are acting healthy, its probable normal.

Burninator 02-24-2009 10:25 AM

all of mine are fat.

squidward 02-24-2009 11:11 AM

that must be it then, they must of been starving them at the petstore LOL

kamazza 02-25-2009 09:58 AM

mine are OBESE, they will eat whatever they can, whenever they can, i try not to over feed but they always pick at the algae and bottom feeder wafers I drop in for my catfish and algae eaters

iamntbatman 03-02-2009 05:28 PM

Keep us updated in case their behavior changes.

Also: you're going to need more tiger barbs. I would recommend a group of six of them minimum. The more you have, the less nippy they will be towards themselves and the other fish in the tank. Of course, as long as they aren't being extremely aggressive right now, I would wait until after you've dealt with your ich problem. Good luck!

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