Hugely fat flame tetra. Just big? Or problematic?

Discussion in 'Tetras' started by annewaldron, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. annewaldronValued MemberMember


    I call her Big Bertha. She's by far the biggest of all the tetras in my tank. There was a period of time when I caught her flashing a little bit, but haven't really seen that recently. Nothing else seems to point to a parasite of any kind. Don't notice any abnormal poop. No signs of dropsy or anything. Hearty appetite, of course!

    Should I be concerned that she is so gigantic? Even when you look at her from behind, her sides are much more bowed out than the other tetras' sides.

    Just a fatty? Or should I be concerned?
  2. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Good morning,

    If the fish is acting normally, the eyes are clear, swimming upright, regular bowel movements, no signs of parasites, fungus or other disease, then I wouldn't worry too much at this point.

    Has the fish always been bigger than the others since you've had them? If it's a female, maybe she is full of eggs. (?)

  3. annewaldronValued MemberMember

    Funny, I couldn't figure out why this fish didn't have dropsy- it seemed like it should. When I got home today, dropsy had set in. I think it was probably a parasite or something. Poor fish.

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