Hi all ~
I have two cory cats, both were sold as Spotted Cories in the store (although they look almost identical to this included photo from tropicalfishdata.com of an Agassizi:
Anyway, I'm one is a male and the other a female given their body shape (one slimmer, the other with plumper and more-rounded underside). Here is my question: the female's abdomen area is slightly swollen - but only on her left side. Her right side looks as always. She is acting and eating completely normal, barbels are in good shape, etc.
Do you think she is bloated perhaps? I didn't think that bloating would make just one side swell, but perhaps a shelled pea is in order?
My cories have been in a 46g tropical tank for almost a year now, living very peacefully with a small school of neon tetras, two golden dojo loaches, a couple snails, one male betta and two small rubberlip plecos (the plecos were added around three months ago, the rest I've had the whole time). Temp stays right around 72 F, ph is nearly neutral, ammonia and nitrate all testing safe. All of my other fish (including the male cory) are completely normal.
Thanks for your ideas - I really appreciate them!