I rarely see my fire eel anymore, and I think this bulge on it's side may be why. It's not as active anymore, and doesn't come out to it's outside place anymore (behind the heater, that's leaning on the glass so it rests where the glass and heater touch, heater is never really on). Today I saw a bulge, it got me worried. There's not really scales to look for the stick out, and the bulge is on one side.
My hopes is that it's just constipation or something. I suspect it was the minnow it stole from the needle fish I was feeding. Holding one for a friend, and I put a minnow in about a week ago and it got away from the needle fish but my eel got to it, could that possibly cause this bulge? If so, would garlic on a pea or bread work with the picky eater fire eel?
Everything else seems normal, normal breathing, no contact with any other fish (only odd thing is it no longer swims with the juvi oscar at night, otherwise doesn't fight or get attacked by anything else), it switches its hiding spots all day, and at night I can see it swimming around searching for food.
It does lay on it's side on occasion too, which it only did when it had ick, that hasn't shown for months now since the last outbreak was treated.
Any suggestions? Or ideas of what could be wrong.
I'm attaching a pic, its blurry but shows the bulge