04-02-2012, 10:37 AM
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Does sound like bloat, but this can be caused by several issues.
I would 1st make sure she is not just constipated and feed her a boiled and shelled (make sure you remove the shell) pea. Just use a frozen pea, boil it then wait till it cools and then remove the shell. This should have a laxetive effect and "flush" her out. It would not hurt to put 1 grain of epsom salt inside the pea (peice of pea)you feed her.
This is cheap and easy (solong as she is still eating), so worth a try.
If that doesn't fix it then;
Because she was pregenent and something went wrong (she aborted) I'd suggest there's possibly an internal infection, from left over fry decomposing. A product called "Maracyn-2" should clear this up and is friendly on your cycle, so you won't need to stress her by moving her to a quaranteen tank.
If you can't get Maracyn-2 then try for "Nitrofuran" or Furan (brand name), but you will need to use a quaranteen tank as this will kill off your good bacteria and destroy your tank's cycle.
3rdly if it is what your LFS guy suggested, you will need an antibiotic like "Octozin" or common old "Flagyl".
It sounds like the second option to me as she was pregenent, something went wrong and now she's getting an infection.
Best of luck with it all.