Could my Mickey Mouse be Pregnant?
Hello I have noticed over the last week my fish's stomach is getting fatter. Mainly on the one side and not the other side. I have tried to look for eyes but have not seen any. To me it looks like air inside could it be eggs?
Just incase I put the fish in a different tank so if she is pregnant the little ones have a chance and/or if she is sick it will not infect the other fish.
If it is a female and she is getting bigger and not swimming like she's in distress, being pregnant is definitely a logical conclusion. However, you said she seems to be getting bigger on one side more so than the other? In my experience livebearers seem to plump up with babies pretty evenly.
Yes if she is looking at you her left side is larger than the left side. I have not had pregnant fish in a rather long time and when I did it was a surprise. I look at her from an under side look so i can use the light to sort of see in her and I do not see and eyes it looks like air to me..
lately she is not eating as much as she normally eats and is not swimming as much she will get bursts of energy and swim around the tank but lately she is staying towards the bottom and slowly moves.
It is possible that she has swim bladder. As I've heard than can often cause uneven bloating like what you describe. In which case, Swim bladder is usually fairly easy to treat. Often if you fast the fish for a few days they'll recover. otherwise giving the fish crushed up peas can help.
However, it could also be dropsy... in which case is much harder to treat.
So do you think I should put her back in the tank with the others or keep her seperate?
Since we aren't entirely sure, I would keep her separate just in case. Unless she seems to start showing signs of distress due to be separated, it can't hurt.
If you can get one, Do you think you could get a picture or two? they might help to easier diagnose whether she is pregnant or if it is something else.
IMG064_zpsee050cc6.jpg Photo by monsterchic6643 | Photobucket
Hopefully this link works. This is a pic I took last night.
It's still possible she's pregnant but I'm leaning more towards swim bladder as I don't think I've seen a pregnant live bearer that plumps up like that.
So is it safe to put her back in her other tank?
It's up to you. I would research dropsy a bit first (like look up pictures of what it would look like and fish behavior). If it is dropsy, the other fish could catch it. if not it would be safe to add her in as long you make sure the others aren't picking on her.
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