11-27-2006, 04:29 AM
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Something to keep in mind is that these are egg laying fishes, and when the female is full of eggs, the tummy area will swell for a period of time. As long as there are no other symptoms, I would simply keep an eye on it and see what happens. If the eggs are not fertilized, they will be reabsorbed back into the body until the next time. This is common many species of egg laying fishes and no reason for immediate concern.
If behavior patterns change, if there is loss of appetite, water quality problems, other symptoms, etc. then I would begin researching other possibilities. From the picture, it looks to me simply to be what is called "egg bound" and the problem should correct itself if given time.
I would back off of the feedings a bit, as was suggested in another post. A healthy feeding schedule would be once/day, what the fish can completely finish within 1 - 2 minutes. Anything beyond that is considered excessive and can quickly cause water quality problems and/or health issues with the fish.