05-01-2008, 05:03 PM
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Bala Shark - Floating upside down / red swollen belly
I am new to these boards and I would appreciate any help a newb can get.
I have two bala sharks. Both neurotic and one obviously a male. The male has been trying to mate with the female and I am not sure if he has been successful.
Anway, this afternoon my wife called and told me that one of them was lying on the ground, upside down. I had her isolate the fish in a small containment net. I got home and it is obviously distressed. The belly looks red, swollen and he/she is still floating upside down, but still active. My first thoughts were that the airsacs (ballists) inside were damaged and the fish could not control the elevation. Not sure what is going on, could be trying to lay eggs but for some reason they cannot come out? I have no clue, any information you could give would be most appreciated. I would hate to loose it.