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post #1 of 12 Old 06-17-2013, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hugely bloated tetra--euthanize?

Hi, all. One of my tetras today is massively bloated--literally spherical. Here's a pic, though I realize the quality is poor.

I can't imagine it can recover from this, whatever it is, though I'm happy to be told I'm wrong. Should I euthanize the poor thing?
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-18-2013, 03:56 PM
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I would for sure, but that's just me.

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post #3 of 12 Old 06-18-2013, 05:16 PM
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I would for sure, but that's just me.
I second that! Poor thing :(

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post #4 of 12 Old 06-18-2013, 06:22 PM
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Ugh! I think you have to :( Sorry.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-18-2013, 10:42 PM
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Terrible, but I agree... Not to be cold, but maybe want to see if it's parasitic postmortem too... Hopefully none of the others are showing anything similar... Was he a new addition?
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-18-2013, 10:45 PM
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Are you sure it's not egg laden or constipated? Anyway, u can quarantine for a bit...or does he/she seem completely listless and/or distressed? It does look rather bad...but hate to euthanize and not be sure.... Sorry for the flip flop messages...and for the possible loss....
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post #7 of 12 Old 06-22-2013, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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To update: A friend convinced me to try the pea trick with this tetra: thawing out frozen peas, smashing them, and feeding them to the whole tank so that it would eat some. I was absolutely convinced there was no way it would work, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. By the next day, the tetra was half the size it had been, and by the day after I couldn't even tell which tetra had been affected.

I'm astounded, honestly. I thought the poor thing was a goner.
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-22-2013, 01:46 PM
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Wow!!! That has to be a first for me. I've never seen anything recover from that size. Big thumbs up

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-22-2013, 05:49 PM
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Very happy for you...glad you didn't put it down...also, sorry for my first pst...I almost instantly felt off about it once I pressed submit... Well done...
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-22-2013, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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I absolutely don't blame anyone for advising me to put him down. I honestly thought I was wasting my time attempting the peas and felt bad for even trying. I can't believe the fish bounced back from that.
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