08-17-2011, 08:49 PM
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Is this a cycling tank or an established one? If the fish were newly introduced, it can be quite common for fish to flash due to being in different water conditions than they were used to and often the stress can bring on Ich in newly introduced fish (which is why a quarantine tank is beneficial). But fish can "flash" for various reasons. Is it constant flashing?
Water changes are the best way to keep ammonia down. What are your Nitrite, Nitrate & PH levels?
The bloating could be due to holding fry, but it could also be from the freeze-dried bloodworms. Livebearers are omnivores and need a mix of vegetable matter as well, feeding mainly a diet of the bloodworms could be causing constipation/bloat. Freeze-dried bloodworms can also have a tendency to swell up in the fishs' intestines if they are eaten too quickly and the worms don't have time to absorb moisture (making them swell a bit) first. I would only feed the worms as a treat in moderation, I personally prefer to feed frozen worms over freeze-dried. I suggest you start feeding a more varied diet which includes flakes, shrimp pellets, spirulina and frozen baby brine shrimp.
Last edited by Beaches; 08-17-2011 at 08:51 PM..