Is My Guppy Pregnant Or Sick

HollyW30
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I don’t know if it’s a male or female but he/she has a bubble forming on its side. Any ideas what could be going on?
 

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-Sofia-
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Mary765 with probably know because she's a guppy expert!! But she looks pregnant to me, but the bubble does not look normal.
 
TexasDomer
  • #3
Looks like a male to me (look at the analfin, looks like a gonopodium in this pic), so that bump definitely isn't normal.

How often do you feed them and how much?
 
HollyW30
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
Once a day. Usually just 1-2 pinches
 
TexasDomer
  • #5
How long ago did he start looking like this? How long have you had him?
 
HollyW30
  • Thread Starter
  • #6
I’ve had this fish awhile and this bump/bubble has been getting bigger over 2 months I’d say
 
TexasDomer
  • #7
Two months? It could be a tumor, and if that's the case, there's not much you can do.
 
Mary765
  • #8
Hello!

Yikes.. That's definitely a male and a very sick one at that. I second the tumour I'm afraid.. but I would still separate the male in quarantine just in case it is caused by a contagious bacterium or fungi.

Sorry, but there is nothing you can do except hope the death is quick. Are you ok with euthenization?

Also -Sofia- thank you for the compliment! I wouldn't consider myself anywhere near an expert though..
 
HollyW30
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
Well I’m not gonna pay someone $300 to euthanize a fish...
Makes more sense to just flush him. I know it sounds harsh but it’s just being logical finance wise
 
TexasDomer
  • #10
Flushing is not a good way to euthanize. It's irresponsible, as you're making the fish suffer and you risk infecting natural water ways.

Mary was suggesting you euthanize the fish, not a vet. There are very cheap and humane ways to do this.
 
Jenoli42
  • #11
Flushing is not a good way to euthanize. It's irresponsible, as you're making the fish suffer and you risk infecting natural water ways.

Mary was suggesting you euthanize the fish, not a vet. There are very cheap and humane ways to do this.



Here's the link to cheap and humane methods of euthanasia. I'm sorry for your loss in advance
 
Mary765
  • #12
I'm sorry for the misunderstanding, but I wasn't even aware you could pay somebody to euthanize your own fish

If I need to send my fish to eternal sleep I use clove oil as its quick, painless and just like having an overdose on sleeping drugs!
 
HollyW30
  • Thread Starter
  • #13
This is 2018. People charge for everything now
 
Gone
  • #14
I agree with the clove oil method. The fish gently go to sleep. I add a few more drops of clove oil and put the container in the freezer.
 
TexasDomer
  • #15
HollyW30
  • Thread Starter
  • #16
UPDATE: my guppy must have been really sick. He passed yesterday morning. Planning on doing a tank cleaning today to get the germs out :/
 
TexasDomer
  • #17
You won't be able to actually do that, but it's possible that what the fish had wasn't transmissible. If it is transmissible, often fish won't get sick if they're healthy and not stressed.
 

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