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dropsy, constipation, or egg-bound?

Gio_St

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Hi everyone,
can you tell from the attached picture if the swelling is due to dropsy, constipation, or the fish being egg-bound?
The fish seem active and with a healthy appetite and their body appearance has been like this for at least a couple of months. They do not appear to have pine coning.
I do a 30% to 50% water change once a week, routinely cleaning the media and pump and also substrate vacuuming.
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Gio_St

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Hi,
thanks for your response.
For the last 2 months or so, I’ve been feeding them one JBL Novotab per day. My livestock is circa 20 small fish (rasboras, danios, tetras, and ottos) and crustaceans (amanos). Every other day, or so, I also add half an algae wafer (for the amanos and the ottos). Once every 2 weeks I replace the Novotab with half a frozen cube of daphnia.
 

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What do your other fish look like? The harlequins on the edge of the shot look quite chunky too but it might be the camera angle?
 

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I've not used those tablets so aren't completely sure how big they are but it doesn't sound like to much going in. I'd try feeding the daphnia a little more often as it helps with constipation if they have it, or some brine shrimp.
 

Gio_St

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Hi all and thanks for your responses.

What do your other fish look like? The harlequins on the edge of the shot look quite chunky too but it might be the camera angle?
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Here are some additional pictures.
I think all of these fish could be fed much less food
Try to visualize when you feed that each fish requires per day food approximately the size of their eyeball.
This is a good rule of thumb for most standard shaped fish. Too much food will lead to obesity which is not good for any living creature :)

Could you try this for a while and see if the symptoms resolve? The other fish should slim down a bit too
 

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I can see the tab on the glass which none of the fish are feeding on indicating you’re probably feeding too much. Maybe just snap one in half and see how you get on with that instead, they’ll still stick once split.
 

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I can see the tab on the glass which none of the fish are feeding on
this was unusual behaviour. Probably because they had already been fed with daphnia earlier on the day; I only put the tab expecting they would gather around it so that i could take good pictures for this thread.. 😜
eventually they finished off the tab, so they were definitely overfed yesterday 😬

Try to visualize when you feed that each fish requires per day food approximately the size of their eyeball.
thanks for the tip 👍

Seems I spoil them and they need to go on a diet.. along with starting feeding them less I will also increase the frequency of daphnia feeding and introduce a fasting day once every two weeks or so.
 
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