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Hello,
I have a female that regularly lays eggs but she has not in a while. She has been looking bloated and visibly upset as she shows black spots when she's mad or sick. Yesterday, I noticed a large bubble protruding from her already enlarged vent. Should I attempt to pop it? If so, how? I'm worried she is egg-bound and will die.
Water quality is same as it always is. Tank is fully planted and regular water changes. She has her own hide and tank is under-stocked for its size (65gal)
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Hello, and welcome. I am sorry you did not receive a timely answer. Is your fish doing ok or what have you done for her?
 

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Wow. I would say that looks more like a prolapse. I would suggest a warm quarantine tank, and some meds. Do not attempt to pop this. It is also possible it is a tumor. Tumors can sometimes respond to meds like acriflavine, or ones based on it. I would like to share these photos with someone that may know better what to do if you do not mind?
 

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Hello, I have an answer for you from my friend who breeds fish. I hope this helps;
2 weeks treatment period for prolapse and eggbinding:

Epsom 1/4 tsp per 5 gallons
100% water change every day (redose epsom every water change). Make sure temp is the same as water removed.


Metronidazole + Kanaplex (1/4 tsp per 20g)

DON'T FEED for 2 Weeks. Keep temp at 80F.

Every day (using gloves) gently stroke fish belly from chest to the rear once or twice. Fish should absorb the eggs -- it will not starve.

After 2 weeks, feed with a little bit of bloodworms every other day and observe.
 
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