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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-17-2004, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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I have a fish (zebra danio) that since I got her 3 months ago has been extremely bloated. At first i thought she was pregnant but that has now been ruled out. She has trouble keeping her balance when she swims and she occasionally runs into things. She will also have periods where she refuses to swim or eat for days and just lays at the bottom of the tank. I have tried to read about it but the only thing that sounds close is parasites. The description under parasites says that she will be bloated and look like a pine cone b/c of scales sticking out but her scales aren't. None of the other fish have this problem. Help she keeps getting worse!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-17-2004, 08:40 AM
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She may have a problem releasing her eggs, which now may have become calcified or infected. I lost several female pearl danios in this manner over the course of several months despite the presence of plenty of male fish to encourage mating behavior. I don't personally know of any treatment for egg-bound fish, though I seem to recall some discussion of raising the temperature and/or using epsom salts (the latter may be for constipation rather than being egg-bound). Seems to be a common problem in many danio species.
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I too had the same problem, she ended up dying. Is this an effect of in-breeding?
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