Help! Platy has a bloated look belly!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by CoolChazz14, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. CoolChazz14

    CoolChazz14 Valued Member Member

    Hi Again Everyone! My Platy looks super bloated like it almost looks like a balloon belly Molly. I was out for the weekend and left the aquarium up to my parents. So when I come back my Platy looks like a balloon! It's definitely not pregnant because obviously it's a male and it's also it's the only Platy in the aquarium right now along with just balloon belly and few guppy fry. Please help me on what I can do to help him!
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  2. bettamars

    bettamars Valued Member Member

    Is he having trouble swimming or is he acting differently?
     
  3. cmck83

    cmck83 Valued Member Member

    Have you tested your water?
     




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    CoolChazz14

    CoolChazz14 Valued Member Member

    He isn't having too much trouble swimming and I will check my water parameters now.
     
  5. cmck83

    cmck83 Valued Member Member

    They will probably be fine. But may help you to rule it out
     
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    CoolChazz14

    CoolChazz14 Valued Member Member

  7. OP
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    CoolChazz14

    CoolChazz14 Valued Member Member

    Ok so I got 0 Ammonia 0 Nitrite and 20 Nitrate
     
  8. cmck83

    cmck83 Valued Member Member

    Least that lets you rule that out. Any other fish having problems?
     
  9. OP
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    CoolChazz14

    CoolChazz14 Valued Member Member

    No the other fry in the aquarium are fine and the Platy is swimming fine
     
  10. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    He looks bloated to me. You might try netting him out into a separate container and giving him an Epsom salt bath (I used 2 tsp salt in 1g water for 15-20 minutes). It really helped mine. After the bath I would fast for a day.

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  11. Kasye

    Kasye Valued Member Member

    Another thing you could try is warm up a pea (you could just run it under warm water for a few seconds), remove the shell, and feed it to your platy. If bloating is the problem, that should help him.
     
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    CoolChazz14

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  13. Lisa Schuster Altmiller

    Lisa Schuster Altmiller Valued Member Member

    Maybe I'm seeing things, but it looks female to me.


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  14. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    It does look like it might be female. Still looks more like bloat then pregnancy to me though. You'll want to use Epsom salts, it's the magnesium that acts as a laxative.

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    CoolChazz14

    CoolChazz14 Valued Member Member

    Ok I'm doing the treatment right now

    Sorry that was for another post about the Betta Abuse thing
     
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  16. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    Let us know how it goes, hope it works!

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  17. OP
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    CoolChazz14

    CoolChazz14 Valued Member Member

    I did it and It's still not digesting because I noticed that it hasn't been releasing feces in a while so it's being really stuffed. Should I try feeding it the boiled pea?
     
  18. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    I would personally fast for a day and then feed the pea, that way maybe she'll think she's really hungry and eat it. Others may say to go ahead and try the pea now though.

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  19. Kasye

    Kasye Valued Member Member

    Yes, try the pea! It won't do any harm, even if it doesn't solve the issue (which hopefully it will! They're like fish laxatives)
     
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    CoolChazz14

    CoolChazz14 Valued Member Member

    Ok thanks I'll try it tomorrow then
     




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