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Falina 02-25-2007 05:16 PM

bloated belly cory
 
hi

ive got 6 cory catfish and one of them seems to have a bloated belly. there are another 2 that have quite big bellys but they dont quite look bloated. i have been reading about reasons why this might be. he certainly doesnt look like he has dropsy. i dont think hes constipated because hes still eating (very enthusiastically) and seems to be pooing. the only other options left that i can think of are that he has eggs (i have arbitaryily decided that he is a he, this might not be the case) or has been overfeed. ihave been feeding them a little more since my siamese fighting fish hasnt been eating much so ive been putting in a bit extra so all the catfish dont eat all the food before he can get any but this doesnt explain why hes the only one who has a bloated belly rather than just a fat one. any ideas would be much appreciated - im really fond of all my fish and dont want any casualties

Lupin 02-25-2007 05:22 PM

Hi Julie.:wave:

Male cories are slimmer and smaller whereas females are bigger and plumper in size.:) Hope this bit helps.:)

Falina 02-25-2007 05:35 PM

in that case it would seem that i have given all my male fish girls names and all my female fish boys names on the assumption that girls would be smaller and more delicate. this is my first wee aquarium and i dont know much yet. oh well - theyre fish, so they dont care what their names are. if it turns out that they are just overfed, could i take the 3 fat corys out at feeding times into the small tank i use when i have to clean the tank and just give them a small amount while i give the others a normal amount? or would this be too stressful being moved everyday?

thanks for your help

Lupin 02-25-2007 08:54 PM

Moving them around is not advisable. I'd recommend feeding them once a day only and make sure they can consume the food in 3 minutes. Siphon the leftovers afterwards. Fasting in one day per week will also lessen the chances of constipation.

Falina 02-27-2007 07:02 AM

the update is that i have been feeding them less and their bellies have went back to near enough normal. i was terrified of starving them and assumed that if they werent hungry they would leave the rest and i could just scoop uneaten food back out again but that seems not to have been the case. thank for your help :D

daisycutter 02-27-2007 12:16 PM

i find mine do this at every feed they can be a bit greedy they end up balancing on there bellies :roll: its not a problem unless they do this with prepared foods as they tend to cause constipation

daisycutter 02-27-2007 12:18 PM

i find mine do this at every feed they can be a bit greedy they end up balancing on there bellies :roll: its not a problem unless they do this with prepared foods as they tend to cause constipation


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