Paradise Fish With Swollen Belly

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    Susanne Fox New Member Member

    Hi, I bought a female paradise fish 2 weeks ago. She is alone in a 54 litre tank. After the 1st week, I noticed her tummy growing. I have been careful with the water quality, she is fed pellets. Could she be carrying eggs? She shared a tank with males and females in the shop. Also, my previous paradise fish (female) died from dropsy or similar (nut was removed from the tank before she died) - is this something which could be spread to the new fish?
    She is currently very happy, darting about everywhere and eating well.
    I have fed her a couple of peas over the past few days in case she was bloated - she gobbled them up, but not much difference to her tummy.
    I hope this photo helps! Many thanks.
     

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    Susanne Fox New Member Member

    Oh dear! The old fish wasn't a nut! Should read 'she'! :0
     
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    chromedome52 Fishlore VIP Member

    She looks very healthy to me, she just needs a boyfriend.
     
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    Susanne Fox New Member Member

    I don't have space for a 2nd tank for after breeding though! Also, I was told that my tank was only big enough for 1 paradise fish!
    Will she get rid of the eggs without breeding??
     
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    chromedome52 Fishlore VIP Member

    She may re-absorb them, or dump them. If she doesn't do one or the other, it could be bad for her health.
     
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    Susanne Fox New Member Member

    Ok thanks for the info. How long should it take for her to dump the eggs - how long before I should worry?