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pringleman1 03-07-2011 09:01 PM

Help with weird looking platy
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I got this platy a month or two ago and she was always alittle odd.
What would be the platy 'chest' is really round almost like a coin but it doesnt stay big down near her anal fin so she isnt pregnant.
She light orange in colour so if she was pregnant then i would be able to see her gravid spot heaps but she doesnt have one.
Here are some pictures. Whats the diagnosis?

gingerael 03-07-2011 09:18 PM

that kind of looks like a case of "bloat"

ElectricBlueJackDempsey 03-07-2011 09:41 PM

It might just be a Ballon Molly

gingerael 03-07-2011 10:06 PM

that is definitely not a balloon molly...balloon mollies are very short bodied...which I could snag a good pic of mine to show you a good example of one

pringleman1 03-07-2011 11:19 PM

no its not a balloon molly, i think they look stupid all squashed up like that poor little things.
Its just got a massively round chest, and im not sure if its back or just different.

Amethyst123 03-10-2011 07:33 AM

Could be bloat. Could be pregnant but not yet showing the darkening gravid spot yet. Has she been like this since you got her, or has she gotten bigger over time? Platys can store sperm for months, so even if you don't have any male platys, she could have gotten pregnant from stored sperm. However, they only stay pregnant for 30 days or so, so if her size/shape hasn't changed in more than 30 days, she's probably not pregnant.

I'd try treatment for bloat, and see if it helps. Platys need veggies in their diet, and if they don't get them they could get bloated. Try feeding her peas for a day or so - smash them a bit so that the skins pop, or remove the skins. I've done both, and either way the fish eat them. I put them in a mesh bag, squeeze a little so that peas are pushing through the mesh a bit, fasten the top of the mesh bag with a plastic clip, and attach the clip to wall of the tank with a suction cup. All my fish go for them - platys, mollies, guppies, cory cats, otos. Even the snails.

Good luck with her.

stevenjohn21 03-10-2011 07:46 AM

Is it me or in the 5th picture can you see eggs inside the stomach ? Im gonna say she is pregnant.

You can feed her peas (take out of shell) they love the mushy bit inside and it will flush her system out incase she is bloated.

Hope this helps, but be prepared to be a parent :-)

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