Help! Platy has a bloated look belly!

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

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Least that lets you rule that out. Any other fish having problems?
 
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No the other fry in the aquarium are fine and the Platy is swimming fine
 

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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 1 gallon water for 15-20 minutes). It really helped mine. After the bath I would fast for a day.

 

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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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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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Ok I'm doing the treatment right now

Sorry that was for another post about the Betta Abuse thing
 
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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?
 

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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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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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