Help! Platy has a bloated look belly!

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

  1. CoolChazz14Valued MemberMember

    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. bettamarsValued MemberMember

    Is he having trouble swimming or is he acting differently?

  3. cmck83Valued MemberMember

    Have you tested your water?

  4. CoolChazz14Valued MemberMember

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

  5. cmck83Valued MemberMember

    They will probably be fine. But may help you to rule it out
  6. CoolChazz14Valued MemberMember

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  8. cmck83Valued MemberMember

    Least that lets you rule that out. Any other fish having problems?
  9. CoolChazz14Valued MemberMember

    No the other fry in the aquarium are fine and the Platy is swimming fine
  10. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    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. KasyeValued MemberMember

    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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  13. Lisa Schuster AltmillerValued MemberMember

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

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  14. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    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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  15. CoolChazz14Valued MemberMember

    Ok I'm doing the treatment right now

    Sorry that was for another post about the Betta Abuse thing
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  16. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    Let us know how it goes, hope it works!

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  17. CoolChazz14Valued MemberMember

    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. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    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. KasyeValued MemberMember

    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)
  20. CoolChazz14Valued MemberMember

    Ok thanks I'll try it tomorrow then

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